{friday finds: creating aged gray wood}

 

Cottage paint Hirshfield's

This is it. These are the only supplies you’ll need to start and finish this DIY project.

Are you a fan of the look and feel of rustic well worn barn wood? Beth (Hirshfield’s Woodbury) shares her quick and ridiculously easy tutorial on how to age wood using Cottage Paint products.

Here are directions for creating gray barn wood from new pine boards.

Quickly sand the wood with 60 grit sandpaper. Distress your boards and dust.

Cut one of Hirshfield’s yellow cellulose sponges into 10 pieces (so it’s a nice size to fit in your hand). Get it wet and wring it out so it’s pretty damp. With the sponge, pick up a little Cottage Paint in Antique White, and wash the board so you can still see the grain. Allow the board to dry at least an hour.

Using another damp sponge* piece, pick up some Cottage Paint Asphaltum Glaze and wash it over the paint.

If your project needs additional protection, Cottage Paint Flat Varnish works great.

Hirshfield’s Credit Manager shares this tip: If this finish is too dark, use the same procedure except after the white dries, lightly dry brush on Cottage Paint Shadow for a nice antique look.  Ben did an entire wall with his method and it turned out great.
Cottage paint display

Check out the back of Roseville’s Cottage Paint display – Do you see the “weathered” boards in different colors? The possibilities are endless using the Cottage Paints and glazes.

 

Cottage Paint on oak.

Oak sample showing the different steps.

How’s that for an easy-peasy DIY? Beth, and all her Cottage Paint skills, works her magic at Hirshfield’s Woodbury.

*wash out your sponges, as they’re reusable

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{friday finds: january color of the month}

Color of the Month: Morning Blush 1083

Morning Blush 1083

Bring in the New Year with this cozy, warm, and fresh morning blush pink! We are calling this the pink of pinks! Morning Blush doesn’t stand out, but flatters everything around it. It’s a warm pink with a touch of peach. Not necessarily feminine, but is elegant and sophisticated.

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{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2016}

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Guest Bedroom – I’d love to see this at night with the overhead light turned off and the headboard lights on.

Visiting the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a perfect zen way to ease into the holiday season. A mixture of old, new, and repurposed, the Bachman’s design team brilliantly transforms the family home with the change of seasons. The Ideas House offers all kinds of inspiration from gift ideas, table settings, and decorating ideas for inside and outside of your home. An added bonus for me was a room painted in my new favorite color – pink.

The Holiday Ideas House 2016 theme  is “Winter’s Frost  & Glow” with the following key trends:

  • Glowing Lights – Illuminate the season with a magical glow of string lights, candles, and lanterns.
  • Birch – Embrace the beauty of nature with birch details found throughout the house.
  • Mixed Metals – A mix of galvanized metals, gold, and silver find a perfect match to add elevated sophistication.
  • Plaid Patterns – Cozy layers of buffalo plaid pillows and accents transform the home into a welcoming space.
Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Ceramic deer off to the left add a bit of whimsy to the table.

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{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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{product spotlight: hirshfield’s platinum ceramic paint}

When you think of ceramic tile — or anything else for that matter — you probably think of high quality, easy cleanup, and a long-lasting finish. And “ceramic” paint is no different.

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ with Ceramic Stain-Release Technology is a premium acrylic latex interior paint that helps walls maintain that just-painted look in homes, schools, health care facilities, offices and more — thanks to the power of tiny ceramic microspheres.

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What are ceramic microspheres?

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ paints contain ceramic microspheres which are manufactured exclusively by 3M. The ceramic microspheres are tiny, microscopic beads that look like a fine white powder.  The ceramic beads combine with a high quality, 100% acrylic resin to create a hard, smooth surface that is extremely resistant to stains, burnishing, and abrasion. Plus, because of their smooth shape, the paint applies with improved brushing and rolling qualities.
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{interior trim 101: five fool-proof whites for all your rooms}

paint colors

Picking a trim color can be tricky. You want one color to tie all of your rooms together, but you also need to complement the colors in each of those rooms.

The answer is off-white, right? Not so fast.

If you’ve ever tried a white with a green undertone in a pink-toned room (or maybe cream with red undertones in a blue room),  you realize that all whites are not created equal. Some are much more neutral than others.

So, we turned to experts from our Hirshfield’s stores —Sherry from Baxter and Faye from Woodbury — for some of their favorite fool-proof whites that will work in any room.

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{friday finds: new looks from eijffinger}

The newest book from the wonderful Dutch wallpaper company Eijffinger has a Danish influence. This fun, funky, colorful new collection in collaboration with RICE, the Danish homewares and accessories company, known for colorful melamine, handmade baskets, storage, and hand glazed tablewares.

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Metallic gold dots on a white background – best looking pattern in the book!

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From the glittery, gold polka dots to its vibrant, playful, mural-like prints, this collection stays true to RICE’s motto —”make  your everyday more colorful.”

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