Friday, August 10, 2012

Chip-It Tool from Sherwin Williams

Have you seen the incredible tool from Sherwin Williams? Chip-It allows you to upload a picture or submit a URL. Then it does its magic and creates a color pallet (with Sherwin Williams' colors, of course). The website lets you install a button into your Favorites bar so that you can use it when you want, yet keep it out of the way when you don't.

I decided to try it with a few of my blog post pictures because they already had URLs associated with them. Here are the results:
Master Bedroom

Dining Room with Grey Desk

Dining Room with Hot Pink Desk

Dining Room, Bed Room and Living Room

This particular Chip-It comes from a fabric swatch that I found on line.

My dining room's paint color is actually a Sherwin Williams color, Trade Wind. In the second picture it picked up a Dutch Tile Blue, but I was hoping to get the Trade Wind color. This tool has been so much fun to play with, especially since I've started using Sherwin Williams paints lately.

Are you excited about this tool? Would you use it to help create a color pallet? I'm having fun with it!
Note: I am not associated with Sherwin Williams and have received no compensation for this blog post.

Have fun "Chip-IT"-ing and projecting this weekend.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sunburst Mirror Revamp

I found a starburst mirror clearanced out at Hobby Lobby, but it was in a wood finish. I have been searching various blogs, and saw some wonderful DIY mirrors, but the shape of the wooden one caught my eye. It just needed a revamp. Here is a quick look at my mirror with just the two colors of gold.

Here is the mirror in its before state:

I went with two colors of gold - the first coat was a gold paint and the second was a liquid gold leafing.

I started with the back edge and then painted the front. Because of all of the details, I realized that it would have been much quicker to spray paint it all. But, I was doing this last week while watching the Women's Gymnastics. I added the gold leafing to help tone down the gold. This was also nicely liquid-y which helped me paint the crevices.

To tone down the brightness, I found some antique gold that I had, wet my paint brush, and glaze the darker color about 2/3 of the way down each "ray". The final result ended up being a gorgeous, subtle ombre effect:

This is the mirror that I had in my dining toom. I like it, but it was too large for the space, and I had my husband hang it too low. Also, when I painted the desk, I thought that the mirror clashed a bit with the desk.

Of course, the old mirror was really heavy and we had to use big anchors to hand it. So, that left a big hole to patch and paint. I've got the first coat of plaster in the hole.
It's amazing how the light makes the dining room color read so with so much more gray than blue.

Here is the final result:

Happy revamping, everyone! (That makes it sound like I should have some kind of a vampire tie in with this post). What are you revamping these days?



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