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RE: Before and After - Avocado Bathroom Update (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: equest17 on 07.31.2009 at 06:58 pm in Home Decorating Forum

You all have really made my day! I wish now that I had finished all the details like the valance and the faucets so you could get the whole picture. We're young and have more energy and ideas than money most of the time, but I'm so glad to know it doesn't show!

As far as the details, I cleaned the counter well with a green scrubbing pad and homemade scouring powder (baking soda, borax, and salt), but any abrasive cleanser should work. I rinsed and wiped it down, then trimmed away some of the excess caulk around the sinks. I brushed on a coat of SW Adhesion Primer. Its pretty thin and goes a very long way, so a quart should be plenty. I let it dry overnight, but that might not be necessary. In the morning, I did two coats of satin base color SW Harmonic Tan. I didnt tape off for this, since I wanted to get really close to the wall and sinks. I let this dry for a day as well; again, that might be overkill, but I wanted to make sure everything was fully cured. I used blue painters tape along the wall and around the sinks after the base coat was set.

I bought a set of two sea sponges at Hobby Lobby; one was bigger and softer, the other smaller and a bit stiffer. I picked acrylic paints that coordinated with my fabric; I used Americana brand Raw Umber and Camel and Anitas All Purpose brand Black, Safari Taupe, and Olive Green. I dampened the large sea sponge, dipped it in the paint on a paper plate, and smeared it around on the plate to get off the excess. I dabbed on the black first, then raw umber, and then the lighter colors. Use a light pouncing motion and dont let it smear or it looks unrealistic.

I didnt wait long enough for each color to set at first and it started to look a bit muddied. So I sponged the base color on very generously over the whole thing to reset the stage a bit. This worked really well, but if I had waited longer between paints, it might not have been necessary. Then again, it might be what gave me such a realistic look! I went back over with all the colors again using the smaller, stiffer sponge to break up any big blotches of color and get into the tight places. I used very little green and khaki (Safari Taupe), just little bits here and there to tie in the room colors. The black, raw umber, and Harmonic Tan base coat were really the key players. I think you could use these paints and add an accent color or two of any muted shade and make it work with other fabrics or dcor.

After it all dried, I used three coats of water based polyurethane. It left some brush strokes I wasnt thrilled with, so I may experiment with a different product or application method if there is a next time. Also, I would recommend removing the painters tape before the poly coat if you have a steady hand. I neglected to and the tape peeled off a bit of the poly in some places.

Well, thats it in a nutshell. Hope that wasnt too many details, but since I had to figure it out as I went, I wanted to share as much as possible. Heres a close up picture so you can see the mix of colors.

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clipped on: 10.14.2009 at 07:19 pm    last updated on: 10.14.2009 at 07:19 pm

RE: Before and After - Avocado Bathroom Update (Follow-Up #61)

posted by: moonshadow on 08.02.2009 at 10:59 am in Home Decorating Forum

equest, DH and I both lean toward oil-based poly. I have had occasions where I used water based (when I didn't want ambering up to occur), but he's 100% oil-based. He said to tell you he just scrunches up the pantyhose legs and does a couple light strokes back and forth if necessary. Any more than that and bubbles will appear. He prefers to work in very thin coats, scuff sanding with 220 grit in between so the next coat has something to grab. The final coat obviously no sanding. He does 2 to 3 very light coats in all.

I tend to agree with you that oil-based poly might be more self-leveling than water. And if it did amber, it certainly wouldn't fight your work, it might just add some extra richness and depth to it? Could be very cool looking. Tho it's hard to top what you've done there already, that's for sure!

BTW, DH said of your counter, when I told him it wasn't granite "Wow, that's cool." A high compliment from my DH, a man of very few words. Most things just get a "hmmmph". ;D

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clipped on: 10.14.2009 at 07:12 pm    last updated on: 10.14.2009 at 07:12 pm

RE: Has anyone converted a bureau into a bathroom vanity? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: aktillery on 09.19.2009 at 07:32 am in Home Decorating Forum

We converted a side board into a vanity. It turned out very nicely if I do say so myself.

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clipped on: 09.20.2009 at 09:58 pm    last updated on: 09.20.2009 at 09:59 pm

Photo collection? Anyone willing to post pictures

posted by: rjinga on 02.16.2008 at 09:45 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

Of their completed GH's inside and outside shots? and maybe some detailed or progress pictures of any special features (ie: planting beds inside, water features, special shelves etc?)

I always try searching on here for ideas of how to design the inside of my GH and forget who's I liked etc.

Also it would be a current thread with links to the good stuff that seems hard to search out these days...

any takers????

come on and show off what you have done :)

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clipped on: 09.11.2008 at 02:52 pm    last updated on: 09.11.2008 at 02:52 pm