#PaintTipTuesday [011]

As much as we love the snow, it’s hard not to dream of a warm summer day, the breeze gently passing at the right moment, as you lounge on your favorite terrace with a cold drink in your hand.

This week, #PaintTipTuesday brings you some favorite photos from our Social Media Marketing Manager’s (Sagan!) Terrace board on her Pinterest Page. If you’re looking for ideas to give your terrace (or patio or back deck) a fresh look – adding a color-pop with paint or fabrics is easy as 1-2-3. Some of our favorites include turquoise, deep yellow, and soft blues along with many, many plants!

If you’re a city dweller it’s nice to surround your outdoor space with plants in order to give you a breath of fresh air in your concrete jungle. If you’re lucky to have your own backyard or garden, well, lucky you. Keep in mind that your outdoor space can be your sanctuary and your favorite ”room” in the house with just a few tweeks here and there.

Happy creating!

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#PaintTipWednesday [008]

Ever wonder how the professionals get the streaky, but artsy look while painting walls? It’s a technique called dragging – and although the name makes it sound quite easy, there’s some special work that needs to be done to acheive a well painted “dragged” wall.

What we’ll need for our project: tut_dragging

1. Walls in good painting condition! 
2. A quick hand! Must paint fast.
3. Paint tray
4. Rags
5. Water
6. Benjamin Moore / California Paint latex glaze
7. Benjamin Moore / California Paint eggshell sheen
8. 2″ and 4″ china bristle brushes + Paint Pad

Now, to the fun stuff . . . 

Once the walls are prepared for painting (primed, dried, and base coat applied – let dry again). You’ll mix the glaze with two parts waters to one part glaze for the perfect ratio.

You’re going to moisten the paint pad with water before dipping it into the paint mixture – make sure you don’t put toooo much onto the pad as it can cause unblanced streaking. Start from top and apply the paint in one long, continuous vertical stroke.paint-fabric-x

As soon as you finish your stroke with the paint pad, take a DRY paint brush and run it through the mixture, using only the smaller brush for hard to reach spots. Make sure you remove the paint from the paint brush after every stroke to keep it dry for the entire project.

Apply the next paint pad stroke and repeat with the dry paint brush until the wall is finished. Overlapping the paint pad strokes will give the wall a continuous and professional look.

For a crisscrossed look, use the same steps to apply the effect horizontally.