Sunday, March 13, 2011

Got Paint ?

All right folks our built-in is moving right along. I’m going to pick up where I left off. As you can see below,  Robert has installed the crown moldings,  medallions, etc. We are inching our way to the painting.

Hold up . . .

Before he got any further, I reminded him with caulking,  less is always better.  We can always go back over it, but once the caulking is on…Uummm?

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Next step will be to prep the built-in for paint, tape around the entire unit. Are we done yet?

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So far our built-in has set us back $514.00; not bad considering a custom built-in of this size could run as much as $2,800 to $3,000 by a professional. I do apologize for the crazy photos,  I’m trying my best.

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Okay folks can we talk?!!! I am VERY picky when it comes to paint brushes. I typically will only use PURDY brand $$$$…I guess you could say I am a paint brush snob!

Since I promised to help out with the painting, I snagged a few of these brushes ( seen below) from the 99 cents store. If you see any of these around grab them,  they are fab !!!  Usually inexpensive paint brushes are a no go,  this brand for some reason doesn’t shed and has a wonderful quality. We used the three inch size and a two inch size angle brush. 

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It just so happened we had a full gallon of my favorite color in the garage. Perfect, no dealing with primer since this amazing paint has it already built-in. PAINT AND PRIMER IN ONE  . . .



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   I’m ecstatic !!! The painting is finally in progress. We are thrilled, the bead board texture, along with this gorgeous color, looks very elegant on our built-in.

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Designing with Brown

Though often the most feared palette, the right amount of brown will add excitement and enhance a room. Many people think brown will make a space look too dark, but good designers know that  if used properly, brown is a powerful tool. I will demonstrate this to you as this room starts to take shape. For those folks who are haunted by the look of brown reminding you of the 80's,  the twenty first century browns are a whole new ball game.  They are significantly different from the eyesore paint colors that were once used in the 80’s.  Embrace the new brown tones, they have just the perfect stroke of sophistication.

See you folks later,  I’m off to find the perfect accessories for our new built-in, while my loving husband finishes up on the painting, hee hee


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  1. Hi Laurie
    I neve used to be a 'brown girl' till a friend convinced me it was right for me.. [clothes etc].. now I love it in all it's forms... very grounding...

    Have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

  2. Laurie, The built-in is looking fabulous! I can't wait to see it finished and accessorized. I know it will be beautiful. I hope you will join my new party starting on 3/17.

  3. Being fortunate enough to see it in person, it is absolutely showstoppingly beautiful. You are brilliant my friend!


  4. I love it! Your right, just the right amount of brown is sure to add depth and warmth. Your husband Robert is a keeper for sure. His finish work is so nice. I am sure you will have him working on something else very soon.

  5. Laurie, I love that color! I agree - embrace brown. What a beautiful built-in and Bob is a saint! Can't wait to see the finished product. xo

  6. i like the color too. lovely greetings from Germany

  7. it is really looking great - can't wait to see the finished project!!! how lucky you are to have a talented husband.



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