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Old 05-01-2006, 10:55 PM
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wip Designer Showcase House

Here are a few pictures of one of the rooms that I was assigned this year for a Showhouse. This is the Master Bathroom and the pics are just a corner of the room. The whole room was gutted before I started work on it so it was a clean slate (thank goodness, as you can see from these before photos!) BEFORE: Lots and lots of pink tile EVERYWHERE


Old walls are history:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2006/56434-SH06_new_tub.JPG[/IMG]



New walls are a'coming!


I'm troweling on paint, getting my backdrop ready:


The base is now ready for a little ooh la la! The "Showhouse ladies" were a little concerned with my choice of art but I'm thinking that these sketches, based on those of Michaelangelo and Degas, have been around for public viewing for a few years already.

[IMG]More later!

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Old 05-02-2006, 12:16 AM
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

WOW, Betsy!
First of all, this is great! I like the feeling...very roman!
Second, I see the scaffolding top being used! You suggested that to me in another thread....
Third, I have never seen paint troweld on...tell me more about this process. And last, how do you stay so clean? My jeans are covered in paint (yes, I wipe on them). Hea, that can be a fun thread...will start one about what we wear....
I have missed you, Betsy!
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:30 AM
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

Nuh-uh... I see a big ol' stripe painted down your leg...:P This looks really cool, such a fun theme for a bathroom!

I'm intersted in the tecnique, too... please share...?

I just bought 2 pair of clearance jeans from Wal Mart that have bleach splattered areas down the legs. I thought it looked like paint, so I figured I couldn't really make them any worse! Funny thing is, I find myself explaining to clients that I BOUGHT them that way...
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

Betsy,

I have missed you too! Wow this project is just amazing! I have questions about the paint too, is it that palette art or is it a textured paint? It looks like it could be VP! What a HUGE impovement on that bathroom! Can't wait to see more!

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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

O-h-h-h ... REALLY looking forward to seeing more! Your beginning is breath-taking! Need more details - Troweling paint????
Yeah - I missed ya too, where have ya been?
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:18 AM
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Wow, this looks great. Can't wait to see more wip pics. Are you using regular paint? I really like the effect.
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:36 PM
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

You girls are the best! Thank you so much for missing me . Things have been rough this past month with my spending most days at the Showhouse, juggling a few paying jobs and then spending most early mornings and nights helping my husband send out resumes. He lost his job the end of March and it's really putting a strain on things, in more ways than one. The computer has simultaneously been misbehaving, leaving me most of the time unable to post photos but at least I can usually see all of your work. Something is going right anyway!

I appreciate your opinions on the bathroom. It's done now, and opening day was today! I was there for a couple of hours and it looked like a full house and some nice comments. If any of you remember the metallic dining room that I posted pics of recently, this is the same technique with the trowel. Let me see if I can scare up a pic:


The only thing I did differently was that I didn't use a japan scraper, just a cheapy plastic trowel/spatula. This is just plain ol' paint, no texture at all. I started at the top with my lightest tone and worked my way down to the deepest brown. As I got to a section where I wanted one color to melt into the next, I double loaded the spatula with the 2 colors. Lastly, and this step was optional, I spatula-ed over it all with a metallic glaze. Some of the other artists working in the house really loved this addition, and some preferred it matte, the way it was. But I had envisioned it with metallic from the beginning and don't regret doing it. The end result in one that is reminiscent of venetian plaster but it's only paint!

Hopefully, I can download the newest pictures tonight or tomorrow without a computer explosion.
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

Looking again, I see that the wall to the left in the bathroom photo has the metallic glaze on it - I double loaded the trowel with silver and a champagne - and the wall to the right is without the metallic glaze topcoat.
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

Wow Betsy, cool technique! I'll have to try troweling. I think the metallics make it look very classy, where as the matt looks a little more earthy and old world. I love the look of that dinind room too.
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I'm sorry to hear it's been a tough month! My husband just sold our business we have had for 16 plus years and started a new job 6 weeks ago, and he travels alot so it's kind of hard for me to get used to....but he really likes it...so It's going great...I guess. So, I'm sure the change will work out really good for you both! I really think things happen for a reason...sometimes we don't like it for a while but it always seems to work out!

Do you think you might have a virus or spyware? They will make your internet run really slow. I use weboot spy sweeper...think they have it at costco too! It seems to work really well! Good luck with the computer, boy they can be a real pain when they don't work!

Well said Kevin- I totally agree!
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

Thanks Betsy for the info. I'm gonna have to paly with that technique! Hmmm, lets see, which wall........
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I love this technique and I have never heard of it or seen it. I think you have started something here, thanks for sharing. It turned out beautiful!!!
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

What an absolutely awesome idea!!!! And, very beautiful too! (I will definately have to try this at some point)

But, I can't wait to see the finished bath with the figures in it. I just know it will be gorgeous!

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Wow, Betsy!
I will have to try this too....it is exciting to learn somethig new!
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Re: wip Designer Showcase House

The style, technique, and theme just work perfect together! Great job!
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