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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

How to paint a Door

In my different Interior Design Projects, I have many cases which require a high end paint application. One Company I always can count on with perfect color match and superior paint quality is Fine Paints of Europe. Color Ranges of PaintAs I have been quite successful with their European paint products, I thought it would be great to give out some detailed hints for a perfect paint job on a Front Entrance Door. Please note the 32 Classic European Enamel Colors illustrated above are just part of the 4,000 colors available in a full range of glosses. But now let’s start with the Job.

  • Select the appropriate primer. Use Fine Paints of Europe Oil Primer/Undercoat or Eco Primer/Undercoat for wooden doors, Ferrous Metal Primer for steel doors and Key Primer for fiberglass doors.
  • Wooden and steel doors should be sanded smooth with medium grit sandpaper(150) wrapped around household sponge or rubber sanding block - never sand without a backing. Fiberglass doors should be lightly sanded with fine sandpaper(220)
  • Doors should be washed with powdered detergent and water, rinsed and allowed to dry thoroughly. Special care should be taken on wooden doors where unpainted wood is exposed to make certain that no moisture has been retained. Exposed wood will normally dry sufficiently in 72hours.
  • Doors should be primed with appropriate primer. We recommend, I recommend, whenever possible, that the top and bottom of your door be primed as well to prevent moisture intrusion and extend the life of your finish. If using Key Primer, you should apply your Primer with an inexpensive, foam throwaway brush. Key Primer is to be thinned with water only - do not use Mineral Spirits.
  • After allowing Primer to dry overnight (4hours for Key Primer), doors should be sanded glass smooth with the fine sandpaper wrapped around household sponge or rubber sanding block. Doors should be wiped clean with cotton rag containing a splash of Mineral Spirits.
  • Apply first coat of Hollandlac Enamel in a thin, even fashion (as an option you may apply ECO), Allow first coat to dry overnight.
  • Sand door again with 220sandpaper to remove imperfections and provide good “tooth” for final coat. Once again, “tack” the door to remove dust with a clean cotton cloth
  • Apply final coat of HollandLac Enamel or Eco. Work quickly and do not go back on your work in an attempt to eliminate brush strokes as they will normally level out within 15 minutes of application. Second coat should provide total opacity. For additional durability and extended life, apply a third coat to the door’s exterior (optional).
painted doorBy following these simple instructions, even a “first time painter” can expect beautiful, professional quality results and a finish that will look newly painted for several years. When painting doors which are in poor condition I suggest that you consider the use of ultra high-build Brushing Putty applied and sanded according to instructions. This primer will eliminate dents and dings and dramatically improve the appearance of your finished Door.

 

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Color Trends by Sherwin Williams

Color Trends

Sherwin Williams a Paint Manufacturer which sells it’s Paint directly to the Consumer just came out with a new Color Brochure for its Designers and Architects. I will present their Color Scheme introductions or Ideas in a non chronological order in my blog under the Category “Color”.

One Color Scheme, which called my attention is an interesting one:kinetic contrasts
“This is a very dramatic look - white and black with punches of color”

Color Trends


Elements

  * Laser-cut fabrics
  * Pop art/graphic art
  * High gloss finishes
  * Patterns influenced by body art
  * High contrast (white with black),
    bold accents

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Retro Kitchen with 1950s Flare: St. Louis by Marchi Cucine

15 Apr 2014 at 9:33am
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From Marchi Cucine of Italy comes this stunning retro-look kitchen, dubbed St. Louis, and new for 2014. Isn't it just peachy-keen? Made of lacquered woods, this kitchen stands up to the fine quality that the Marchi Group is known for, world wide. The rounded corners and pastel colors are such a flashback in time - we can just see the 50's family, gathering around for a meal. But at the same time, it has a modern flair -- isn't it just a little bit Jetsons? And aren't those rounded-corner windows in the cupboards just charming? And we love the porthole windows on the oven, with it's mesh screens. This room just screams Buddy Holly, Elvis and the gang. What a blast from the past. Time to pull out your grandmother's recipe for macaroni and cheese and get cooking!


Astonishing Faucet with Clear Glass Spout: Axor Stark V

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It's like a science lesson and a stunning bathroom faucet rolled into one. Until it is turned on, it's another glass faucet spout. And then, the magic begins. When the mixer is turned on, a water vortex is created -- and sent rushing up the glass spout where it cascades out like a waterfall. And you can see the whole thing. In a partnership between Hansgrohe and Axor, the Axor Starck V was born(designed by Phillip Starck). The incredible faucet is available for regular drop-in sinks and vessel sinks (as a single hole installation) as well as a two hole installation. No matter which you choose, you'll spend a lot of time watching the mixer create the vortex of water and send it along for your use. A transparent process, and one we have never given much thought to, will now endlessly fascinate you. It's almost a shame to hide it in the bathroom!


Ceramic Tile Replicates Wood: Dakota by Flaviker

13 Apr 2014 at 12:52pm
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We've written about a lot of wood-like products in the past. It seems everyone wants to emulate the true look of wood while having the easy care of ceramic - but who wouldn't? Dakota by Flaviker is, by far, the most realistic fake wood we've seen yet. It's made to look aged, complete with wormwood holes! Made to emulate alder wood - often used in interior floor planking - it even has scratches and stains. Including these defects has raised the bar on wood-look flooring. The ageing and wear looks totally natural - it's almost impossible to spot that it's not. Imagine using this in places where wood dares not to go! You can do your whole bathroom in Dakota. Or use it as a tile back splash - because it is tile. Never again worry about water meeting wood, with Dakota ceramic wood-look tile.


Manta Type C: Chair Celebrates Racing Car

10 Apr 2014 at 8:39am
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Mast Elements added the "Type C" to the Mantra chair name in tribute to the racing car. Designed by Ciro Bergonzi, it certainly has motion. The central support is polished steel and from there on up, it's cushioned leather floating on air. It almost looks like something from outer space! But it does look incredibly comfortable. And such soft and supple leather. The company is Italian, of course. Mast Elements is the first company in the world to produce furniture entirely out of carbon fibre. Very avant-garde, yet clearly high design. Care to go for a spin?


'Origine Du Monde, Maybe!' Chair by Italo Rota for Meritalia

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meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-1.jpg It?s a chair that brings ?creature comforts? back home. Dubbed the ?Origine Du Monde, Maybe!? chair, this unusual, ultra-modern chair was design by Italo Rota for Italian furniture house Meritalia. The soft hues complement the plush cushions perfectly, forming what the designed has described as ?uterine sensuality.? The cushions are made of memory foam which, in keeping with the obviously maternal theme of the design, reminds us of protection, rest and the future. The base is made from polished aluminum, irregular in shape, just like the chair concept as a whole, If you like unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, this is a must-see! Check it out at Meritalia. meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-2.jpg

Artwork Radiators by Caleido

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caleido-radiator-therme-1.jpg Is it a radiator, or is it artwork? These cool modern radiators by Caleido are both! The Therme home radiator is an masterful swirl of brilliant hues reminiscent of watercolor. For more-modern tastes, the Geiger radiator features a computer-generated design set on a sleek, black background. The elongated rectangular shape is easy to incorporate among your existing artwork, or let it steal the spotlight and feature it as an art piece all on its own. These cool radiators are by Karim Rashid, who stayed true to his signature funky style. These new radiators made their debut at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010. Fore more info visit Caleido. caleido-radiator-geiger-1.jpg

Funky Furniture by Bruehl - Coupole and Morning Dew

7 May 2010 at 12:03am
funky-furniture-bruehl-3.jpg This new funky furniture by German company Bruehl is inspired by natural forms with an ultra-modern edge. Featuring the ups and downs of mountaintops with an abstract twist, the Coupole sofa and armchair (pictured above) by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl feature a curved back and armrests and a delicate body clad in fabric that?s heaven to the touch, available in white and sky blue. The Morning Dew chairs (pictured below), also by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl, are inspired by tulips, with their graceful petals forming the back and arm rests. A soft seat in an irregular shape beckons. This modern flower-inspired chair is featured in vibrant rose and white upholstery, as well as red-and-white plaid. Combine the Coupole and Morning Dew lines for a fun living room or a funky family room. Visit Bruehl for details. funky-furniture-bruehl-1.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-2.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-4.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-5.jpg

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moroso-armchair-ibiscus-1.jpg The grand finale to the epic Moroso M?Afrique collection sends it out with a bang! As the final pieces of the outdoor furniture line, the Ibiscus armchair and the Meridienne sofa by designer Dominique Petot make a style statement that screams: Big! Bold! Beautiful! The design consists of wild shapes and even wilder woven patterns if you can imagine that. These vibrant red, brown and white patio pieces echo the shape of a traditional British armchair and lounger, with armrests and a high back to recline into. Frames come in the choice of natural or lacquered steel. Check out this cool outdoor furniture line at Moroso. moroso-sofa-meridienne-1.jpg

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