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World travelling, north of the 49th living, Caribbean born, Barcelona dreaming makeup artist. A motionless perpetual motion machine.
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Downtime


Whenever I finish a show I am torn between exhaustion and the need to do some work around the apartment. As tired as I am I am filled with the urge to get up and (re)paint, refinish, and/or redecorate. More times than not I vegetate for a week first but, every once in a while, I propel myself into action before I can fall into that post set life semi-hibernation state.

My favourite finishing techniques have remained the same for years and years, I like weathered, cracked paint for wood furniture and sponged or plaster finishes for walls with painted glass and metal accessories. Since I tend to repaint and redecorate often it's a great idea to just rework some of my favourite pieces instead of buying new ones every couple of years.

Anyhooooo, this is what I've been doing on my oh so precious down time so far this year,

Metallic Finishes

I have a thing for owls. Maybe it's my love of Greek mythology, the owls make me think of a childhood favourite, Athena. 

unfinished plaster owl bookends

primed and painted bronze

4 metallic paints followed by metal oxidiser to form patina

polished and turquoise paint added to enhance patina

my reworked bookends
Metallic paints by Dynamic, patina catalyst by Modern Masters, and turquoise craft paint by Plaid.


So far this year I have painted/repainted various pieces of furniture, touched up wall paint, and now I am about of embark on my first laminate furniture refinishing thanks to S.A.S. Interiors' tutorial. Hopefully my ADHD and impatience will not interfere with me following directions. Pix to come.

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