Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Re-glueing/ touch-up of oak tandem folding chair.

This is the tandem folding chair after I had cleaned it with Murphy's Oil Soap and re-installed the slats and re-glued piece together. No attempt to re-finish here thereby leaving patina intact.

Slats from quarter-sawn oak from an old well-worn folding chair. The medullary rays, the lighter sections that break up the grain are terrific here.


Monday, May 19, 2014

burnished plaster ceiling

Cabinets were lily-white and really made the room seem incomplete. Just did a basic dry-brush technique after an off-white basecoat on the cabinets and then a clear dull acrylic over that. The entire space worked together very well after these adjustments.
Talked to builder about finishes for this bath. Seemed that a burnished plaster in a deep blue would work so well with walls&ceilings. I executed a sample.  It did. Chris got a plaster guy to do plaster work.

disposing of burgundy walls

 


This room includes the kitchen and living/den area with lots of great glass.  
   

Pale ochre walls

"After" shot.
What I started with. Plaster not sheetrock walls.

Residue from previous paint jobs.
Talked with customer about what color to use.
Based on artwork and fabric already in room it
seemed that a dull ochre was called for. Could not find a color chip that was really even close.
None of the fabrics in the room had what I had in mind. I began repairs on the wall. A piece of  plaster came off revealing the very first color used in this 1920's house. It was dead on for what we needed. You see here the result.
Cleaned up wall sconces and did touch-up with bronze metallic and van dyke glaze matching to original work.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Refinishing heavily "washed" oak chairs

Chairs in situ.Fabric was changed from what is displayed here. This is a very light wash.
The dining room chairs had been heavily "white-washed" and spattered. Stripped off old finish. Followed methyl chloride strip with hot sodium hydroxide scrub and then clean water rinse. Sodium hydroxide seems to get wood cleaner and you don't use gallons of very corrosive lacquer thinner. Sodium h. can be diluted with vinegar and thereby rendered benign.

epoxied tile

Note tile on backsplash. Originally it was sharp white, which didn't work with the newly glazed cabinet work. I colored some clear epoxy with rottenstone. Did about six samples. Designer picked one and--voila!

glazed cabinets

glazed cabinet work breakfast area/ kitchen