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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Create This “Ice Palace” Wall Finish Using Wood Icing®!

We are sharing this post by blogger Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Have you noticed that rustic furniture can mix beautifully with a glamorous wall finish?

Our 1970s ranch home is far from glam, but I have decided that a gorgeous treatment on a focus wall can be a sweet addition.


Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

We have an odd corner in our even odder right-angle hallway that runs the length of our house. I have struggled over the years to add interest and a lovely vignette, but it has to be narrow enough for people, pets and furniture to pass. It’s an unlikely area to be designated one of the prettiest spots in our home, but no one ever accused me of following rules when it comes to decorating, right?

So, after having a blast playing with Wood Icing® Textura Paste, a gorgeous wall stencil and a couple more favorite DIY products, I created this wall treatment called “Ice Palace.” Reflective, soft, with a hint of a dusting of snow, it was just what our dark corner, featuring a skinny, crusty cabinet needed.

Here’s everything you need to know to do it! I encourage you to practice first on a large piece of board, drywall, or plastic before you work on a wall.

(When you apply the finish on a wall you will need to tape off the trim and edges with painters tape and put down a drop cloth. Then find and mark the center of the wall – or the focal point – where you want to begin the pattern. Also find the center of the stencil to match up to the center of the wall. Begin at the top and work side to side and down, matching up the little registration marks.)

SUPPLIES
• WOOD ICING Textura Paste
• ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Lisboa Tile stencil
• MODERN MASTERS Metallic Paint in Platinum
• ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS Fine Stone
• water, containers, small flexible trowel, large metal trowel, sample board to practice, stir sticks, towels

MIX TEXTURA PASTE WITH SOME WATER
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste
In a container, mix about 10% water with Textura Paste to soften it up a bit.

USE A SMALL TROWEL TO  PULL THE MIX THROUGH THE STENCIL
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Tape the stencil on to the sample board. I am using an old sample so that you can see what I am doing better, and to show you that the wall will need no prep before this step!

Use a stir stick to load the Textura Paste onto your trowel and pull it down vertically.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Remove vertical streaks by going back over them with a light touch using the trowel. Use a wet towel to clean off the trowel as needed.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste
Remove the stencil and either place it in water, or clean it right away with soap and water. If you need to sand raised areas, do it before the paste is completely dried hard.

BRUSH OR ROLL THE METALLIC PAINT.
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Brush or roll on one coat of Platinum paint. Let dry.

TROWEL ON FINE STONE
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Use a stir stick to load some Fine Stone onto the large trowel.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Pull the trowel vertically, starting at the top. It will naturally deposit some material at the raised pattern and skip areas, which is the look you are going for. Resist the urge to fill in the area completely so that the platinum will show through and reflect soft light. Let dry.

 Do a lap around the house to gather a few coordinating accessories to add to enhance your new look.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

I liked the idea of trying out just a couple of reflective items since the finish is soft, but heavily textured.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

I’m really pleased with the effect, and hope you are inspired and ready to try it too. Think how impressed your friends will be!

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Small, Rustic Touches In Our Tiny Powder Room Add Up To Fabulous!


We are sharing this post by blogger Debbie Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com
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I’m pretty sure that we have the weirdest, smallest powder room in existence. It is not prominently featured somewhere near the entrance of our home, where guests can discover it. It is hidden at the back door, within the laundry room.

Blah! When we first moved here I’m not sure we knew it existed for a month. Until we had a gaggle of little girls over for a deck party. Then the magic location revealed itself as nothing short of brilliant.


Small rustic touches in a tiny powder room make it special.

Recently I got in the mood to repaint the ceiling and trim and trowel some pearl-color plaster on the walls that were once layered in painted tissue paper. The room had been a warm brown, with a stenciled copper foil ceiling. It was pretty glam, but in my current mood to lighten up, and of course, change something, it was time for a facelift.

Now, with the grey-white lustrous walls, the room seems so much bigger! The rusty, crusty custom-made mirror and sconces show up beautifully, instead of fading into the background.

I am dying laughing trying to show you how tiny this room is. I had to squat on the john and duck down to get the back wall in this shot. Love how a simple paisley scarf from my collection turned out as art.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, using rusty pieces and grey-white plaster walls. 

Small rustic touches in a tiny powder room make it special. 

I used one of my fav products, Wood Icing® White Furniture Glaze to whitewash a stick I cut that had fallen in our yard.

This glaze is so nice to use for lots of DIY reasons. It has an acrylic water base that cleans up with soap and water. It is durable for projects like mine, or it can be sealed with Wood Icing’s PolyAcrylic Sealers that come in Dull, Satin and Gloss.

I like how fast it dries and that I can water it down for a wash, like I did on my branch, or apply it full strength. There is also a Clear Glaze you can mix with it if you want to add open time on a large project.

Wood Icing White Furniture Lazing Color is perfect to grey out a branch for handing. 

A quick jute wrap was all that was needed to hang this very light piece.

Whitewash a branch using Wood Icing Furniture Glaze Color, then wrap with raffia to hang a scarf in tiny powder room. 

Two cup hooks and a hammer made quick work of hanging. Knowing me, I will change out what’s hanging on this wall often, based on current treasures found.

I used Wood Icing White Furniture Glazing Color to whitewash this branch. 

You can see that I have a thing for “shopping” for tree branches in the yard.

Lustrous white walls are a lovely backdrop to simple boxwood wreaths and soft towels.
Ages ago, I wound some green raffia around old hardware to make this towel bar.


A broken branch from the yard, paired with junk drawer hardware and raffia make an interesting towel bar in a tiny powder room.

Handmade rock soap is so pretty, hubby Steve was looking everywhere for the soap bar when I added this cool, jewel-like chunk. It seems men don’t like pretty when it comes to washing up after mowing the lawn.

An artsy chunk of handmade rock soap, paired with a small rose from the yard add elegance to a tiny powder room.

A short sugar mold is the perfect opportunity to add roses from our tiny garden, or anything we pick up that is intriguing.

A short sugar mold is a pretty container for fresh roses in a tiny powder room.

Another favorite focal point in this truly tiny bathroom is the cabinet doors, which were a great project that I did for Paint + Pattern.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including patterned, patina cabinet panels.
You don’t have to use much imagination to guess where the best vantage point is, LOL!
This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including patterned, patina cabinet panels.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with this little project. The perfect mixture of rust, patina, texture, glam, and um, facilities.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including grey white walls.

What do you think? Do you have a weird powder room project? Love for you to share it on the Wood Icing Facebook page!


{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6 Stunning Wood Icing® Projects!

We are sharing a post on Royal Design Studio's digital magazine Paint + Pattern, written about our blogger Debbie Hayes. It features projects that feature several Wood Icing products, plus Royal Design Studio stencils.

Debbie Hayes is an extremely talented P+P contributor who regularly shares beautiful DIY craft and furniture stencil projects on our blog. She is a marketer, photographer and a professional faux finisher with a degree in fine art. Debbie shares her love for design and creativity through her lovely blog ‘My Patch of Blue Sky’.

When it comes to Wood Icing and a beautiful Royal Design Studio stencil, Debbie never falls short of imagination and creativity. Here are a few beautiful projects from her blog that could not wait to be shared! Let’s take a look.

Picture Perfect Stone Effect
Stone Effect with Wood Icing via Debbie Hayes | Peacock Fancy Stencil by Royal Design Studio

A gorgeous stone effect is just one of the several looks wood icing can give your projects. Debbie turned this ordinary frame into an extraordinary work of art in 4 easy steps using our Peacock Fancy Stencil by Royal Design Studio. Her blog post Getting Stone Effect Using Wood Icing gives a step-by-step tutorial.

A Dandy Dough Bowl
Stenciled Dough Bowl via Debbie Hayes | French Numbers Typography Stencil via Royal Design Studio

Debbie has a knack for up-cycling old, previously unused things and transforming them into something beautiful! For this project she scouted an old dough bowl from her attic that desperately needed some paint and pattern love. By using our French Numbers Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Wood Icing and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint she gave it a brand new look! Learn more about this easy breezy project on her DIY blog post An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous.

Get Floored by This Door
Stenciled Cabinet Door via Debbie Hayes | Stargazer Medallion Stencil by Royal Design Studio

A beautiful Royal Design Studio Stencil like the Stargazer Medallion Christmas Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Wood Icing and some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is all you need to brighten up plain and boring cabinet doors. Learn how in A Lovely Fabric-like Cabinet Finish tutorial.

‘L’ace an Industrial Look
Stenciled Canvas Art | Fleur de Lace Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Are you a fan of both, the industrial look as well as lace at the same time? Well, so is Debbie! In 6 easy steps she created this lovely Industrial Lace Canvas Wall Art with a metal-like finish to adorn her dresser. She used our Fleur de Lace Stencil by Royal Design Studio with Wood Icing and simply layered the pattern with silver leaf and Licorice Furniture Glaze.

Voila! An art piece that is both graceful and bold at the same time. Check out our Lace Stencils Collection by Royal Design Studio to find several lace designs and sizes to suit your specific project needs.

Served Up With Pattern
Stenciled Glass Tray via Debbie Hayes | Custom Vinyl Stencil by Modello Designs

Debbie loves to experiment and loves everything verre eglomise. Her Glamorize Your Table Top with Verre Eglomise DIY tutorial on P+P is one of our favorites! When it came to trying out Wood Icing on glass, she ended up using it with our one-time use Modello Stencils. She finished with a layer of furniture glaze to give the raised pattern a beautiful wooden look. Find a quick three-step tutorial on how to create this Gorgeous Lacy-Wood Look Glass Tray on her blog.

An Antique Look for your Book
Stenciled Bookcover DIY via Debbie Hayes | Moorish Fleur de Lis Moroccan Stencil by Royal Design Studio

If you like the look of old books, this DIY is for you. Debbie shows how you can transform your favorite read into an antique keepsake in How to Create a Gorgeous Antique-Looking Book. For this project Debbie used our Moorish Fleur de Lis Moroccan Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Antique Gold Stencil Crème by Royal Design Studio, gold leaf and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. You can also pick any pattern and color of your choice from our Moroccan Stencil Collection by Royal Design Studio and Royal Stencil Cremes’ Collection.

Enjoy! How are YOU using Wood Icing with stencils? We'd love to see. Share your projects on our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Use Wood Icing® Plus Rust, Patina, And A Stencil On Art Canvases

 We are sharing this post by blogger Debbie Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.

Wood Icing® canvas art project using heavy texture, rust, patina and a stencil

If you know me by now, you are aware that I adore anything crusty, rusty, and covered in patina. Furniture, accessories, mailboxes, old doors. Anything!

I have a blast combining products from my amazing clients to create what I call magic. Rose Wilde, owner of Wood Icing®, is wonderfully encouraging about my ideas for using Textura Paste. Years ago I had an employer who used to say they would just “wind me up and let me go” and Rose does the same. Be still my heart!



Wood Icing® canvas art project using heavy texture, rust, patina and a stencil

For this post I was in the mood to work on art canvases. But maybe not the traditional “hang-it-on-the-wall” variety. Sometimes artwork just placed on our plank wood coffee table with some strewn pine cones makes me just as happy.

Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

I found these three pre-packaged gallery wrap canvases at Michael’s which were perfect, adding more interest and display possibilities.
SUPPLIES
• Wood Icing® Textura Paste
Modern Masters Metal Effects products: Primer, Iron Paint + Rust Activator, Copper Paint + Green Patina Solution, Bronze Paint + Blue Patina Solution, Permacoat Xtreme sealer
• Royal Design Studio Phoebe’s Tulip Wall Stencil
• canvases, color shaper or putty knife, paper towels, stencil brush, paint brushes, small roller, rags, containers

PRIME, ADD  IRON PAINT & SEAL
Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Roll or brush on 2 coats of Modern Masters Primer according to directions and let dry overnight. (Resist the temptation to use regular household primer, which will not work properly with Metal Effects products.)

Roll or brush on 2 coats of Iron Paint. Let Dry.
Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Spray 2 coats of Rust Activator according to directions. Let dry. Enjoy watching the rust develop!

Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

When dry, brush on a coat of Permacoat Xtreme sealer so the Wood Icing Textura Paste will adhere. (Not shown.) Let dry.

ADD HEAVY TEXTURE
Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Butt the three canvases together. Use a color shaper tool or a putty knife to drag some layers of Textura Paste from the top down on the canvases. Don’t cover too much so the background rust will show. Let dry about 45 minutes or until completely dry.

ADD COPPER PAINT AND GREEN PATINA
Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Use a small, stiff artist paint brush to paint some copper onto the texture only. Let dry. Add another layer, but DO NOT LET DRY. Immediately spray Green Patina Solution generously on the entire surface. Let dry.

Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

It’s great fun to watch as the patina evolves.

Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Here is the moment when you should decide whether or not you want to stop or add more. Since I was in a “let’s see what else we can do” mood, I added the next step. But I do love it at this point too!

ADD A STENCIL, BRONZE PAINT AND BLUE PATINA
Wood Icing canvas art project using rust, patina and a stencil

Lay the large stencil over the surface and move it around until you like the composition. Use a big stencil brush to stencil one layer of bronze paint. Leave the stencil in place. DO NOT LET DRY.

Spray Blue

Immediately spray the Blue Patina Solution. Remove the stencil and let dry. More fun watching the pattern evolve.

Wood Icing art canvas project with heavy texture, rust, patina and a stencil

So was this the most fun ever? I even like the rusty, drippy edges.

Wood Icing® canvas art using heavy texture, rust, patina and a stencil

At this point I am willing to bet that you are itching to try this. Am I right?

You can find local retailers to purchase the products, or order directly from the links listed in the supplies.

Find a Wood Icing® retailer
Find a Modern Masters retailer
Find a Royal Design Studio retailer

Have fun!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Get A Stone Effect Using Wood Icing®, Artisan Enhancements And A Royal Design Studio Stencil!

 We are sharing a post by Debbie Dion Hayes from her blog MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame 
Are you always looking for these two things: a cool new furniture finish AND another picture frame to showcase your evolving family, friends and accomplishments? Me too!

You may know that I have the unique opportunity to work with several wonderful DIY products. Yes, I admit it, it’s a little slice of creative heaven for me.

Rose Wilde, co-owner of Wood Icing Co. had a great idea for a stone finish – let’s try some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone on top of Wood Icing products to get the look of stone. So naturally I added a perfect Royal Design Studio stencil to enhance it all on this flat picture frame I unearthed in my clutter of “great stuff to use for blog posts.”


SUPPLIES


Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame

FROM WOOD ICING Licorice & Tree Bark Furniture Glazing Colors, offset palette knife, Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

FROM ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS Fine Stone

FROM ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Peacock Fancy Stencil

OTHER ITEMS rags, paint brushes, painters tape, sand paper


Wood Icing/ Artisan Enhancements/ Royal Design frame 
 STEP ONE
Paint one coat of Graphite Chalk Paint® and let dry. Knock off any points with sandpaper if needed.

STEP TWO
Lay the stencil over the frame in a pleasing position. Tape if you like. I chose an off-center placement since this is a frame and I wanted the look a bit artsy.

Put some Textura Paste on your palette knife or color shaper tool and pull it over the stencil openings. When the entire frame is covered, level out the paste. Let dry about 15 minutes.

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 STEP THREE
Brush on one coat of Graphite and let dry.

Stipple or pounce a coat of Fine Stone on the entire surface of the frame and let dry. Due to the base coat of Graphite you will see some mottling of color. Sand the tops of the design to expose some of the white Sand Stone.

Brush on one coat of Graphite and let dry.
 STEP FOUR
Brush on a wash of Tree Bark Glaze. Let dry. Brush on a coat of Licorice. Before the Licorice drys, wipe the surface with a rag to expose some texture and pattern. When you like the effect, let dry for an hour.

Brush on one or two coats of Dull PolyAcrylic. Let dry.

Wood Icing|Artisan Enhancements|Royal Design Studio picture frame project 
 Fill with a favorite photo or momento. I left off the glass and found this old script in French on TheGraphicsFairy.com which I printed on soft brown card stock. Find it here.

 

Wood Icing|Artisan Enhancements|Royal Design Studio picture frame project
 Time to enjoy! Lacey Jane just woke up and she insists that I use her photo in the frame. Who can resist those eyes?