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Wanted to show you a great solution for old tired and dated tile. A great way to save money and the environment. No need to drive around looking for new tile , spending money on new materials. Here’s a project we did to turn a ceramic tile into    the look of  authentic, copper. change the look of this kitchen backsplash.

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we started by applying Prime etch, a liquid product that seals any surface so that it will be a paintable.

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Let Prime etch dry over night and then basecoat the surface using a tinted freshstart primer. This will seal the surface further and prepare to hold a metallic paint. Make sure to paint all of the grout as well.

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Then use modern masters copper penny and antuqe copper. apply them both wet and blend together.  Use a stippling brush to hide any brush marks. Let dry and repeat so there is no trace of the light colored tile base.

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Once dry use a small cotton rag and the tip og your finger to apply   rub and buff antique copper  to the raised fruit ornament . Apply the darkening rub N’ Buff on all 4 corners of each and every tile.  This creates an aged look and also a contrast between the tiles and the grout color.

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Once dry, coat the entire surface with 2 coats of c500. I like to mix the dead flat with the satin for the perfect protective finish that is not too shiny or flat.,Amazingly bautiful. authentic and quick.

And don’t forget to do the light switch covers and outlets!

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It’s time to bring out the red. It’s so easy to say “yes” to favors for the holidays with the ease of allover designs using a large stencil and the industries largest stencil brush, the WALLBUSTER. This brush expands to 3 inches when in use so you get the greatest amount of coverage with one load of the paint.

The past two years I have supported this wonderful event at the Fairfield, CT  historic Burr Mansion. Each designer creates a holiday vignette  for the Christmas Tree Festival and all the proceeds fro the sale of their items go to local charities. The  local designers, Donna Bonafide and Kim Smith, chose a red and white theme to kick off this holiday party and asked me for something to brighten the feature wall, a challenge when you cannot touch the historic walls! ….But with a some Roc Lon Canvas and clips… it’s easy.

I love reverse stencils because you can go crazy on the background, forgetting lap lines and mistakes. The stencil will cover most of it showing your creation as it peaks through to create the actual design. it’s hard to see here, but I used many different white on white products, including Modern Masters shimmer stone, various glitters and mica powders.  Then stenciled using wallovers’ Maya’s Rose Revers stencil  with Ben Moore 2004-20 mixed with a little Antique Cherry Stain ‘N Seal, my favorite red combination. Once hung, the lights lit up all the sparkle.  So don’t forget to try a reverse  stencil design with a Wallbuster brush the next time you squeeze in philanthropic project!

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