Friday, October 30, 2015

Commercial Building Remodel Idea

This is a simple decorative idea for a commercial building, that needed a simple clean up at the lowest possible budget. The floors used to be gray concrete, the walls cement blocks painted white. Staining the floor to blue and painting the wall various shades of gray (5 shades here) make the hall bit more cheerful and definitely cleaner looking.A huge blank wall is more interesting with a very simple geometric mural.
Dramatic changes that can be achieved by changing colors......
....or just simply applying some paint.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saving Remodel Costs With Decorative Finishes 3

1. Faux painted marble instead of real stone. Some marble pieces can be very expensive, especially columns, painted sheetrock keeps some green in the wallet and in the environment. 


2. Faux Wood Ceiling

This project saved the owner thousands of dollars and he saved some trees as well. High up on the ceiling it's really hard to tell whether he finish is wood or not.\,m especially if it looks just like wood. Even a carpenter thought it was wood! 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Trendy Metallics

Metallic finishes are very popular in home decorating. Metallic finishes, or even just simple metallic highlights can turn an ordinary surface into and elegant finish with extra depth  interest, and playfulness. 

Metallic effect can be achieved not only by using metallic paint, but also by using materials that can create a pearlescent effect, like pearlescent paint or luster stone which was used in our stairwell project. 

Below are some examples of our latest work. 

Metallic finish with glass beads

Metallic finish with glass beads - detail

The star, which is part of a ceiling mural, reflects light differently from various angles, which changes the "color" depending from what angle one looks at it. 

Metallic finish - sample drawer face

Metallic stencil

Metallic stencil - self designed and cut

Metallic stencil - self designed and cut

Metallic stencil - self designed and cut

Metallic stencil - self designed and cut

Metallic ornament

Modern gold and black ornament

Modern gold and black ornament

The black and gold mural towards the bottom looked very modern but somehow empty without the gold highlights. Gold highlights added elegance and interest. 

Decorative Paint Roller on Luster stone

Decorative Paint Roller on Luster stone

Silver pattern by a decorative paint roller

Pattern by a decorative paint roller on metallic base coat


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saving Remodel Costs with Decorative Finishes 2

Brick, stone, or wood are frequently painted, then later painting is regretted, or the new owner of the property is not fond of painted natural surfaces. Cleaning painted bricks and wood surfaces can be costly, messy and time consuming. Painting them back to their original look, however can be very economical.

Below are beams that were originally raw wood, then painted white.

The owner of this building wanted to have the look of the original beams, before they were painted. Blasting them worked, but it was a very costly and dusty work. We painted the beams to make them look bare. This is how we did it. 

Similarly with bricks. Can you tell which bricks in the picture below were painted and which were cleaned off? It's hard to tell right? (Hint: the top part between the beams was painted). You need to look very closely to tell whether it was just painted or cleaned off. If you are not fond of painted bricks, then painting them in hard-to-reach areas is a good saving idea too. Hard to reach areas can be very time (and money) consuming when it comes to cleaning. These areas are usually around edges of the wall, areas that are not noticeable, therefore perfectly fine to be painted.

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Transformations - Before and After

Fireplace Remodel 

The objective of this project was to refinish a brick fireplace to make it cleaner and lighter. The brick fireplace was making the room dated and too dark. The best and simplest solution was to create a stone look in a light color to make the room lighter and fairly smooth to make the over all look a little more modern. 

Exterior Mural 

                                         Before ornament was painted. 

After ornament added around the door. Look much better right? 

Turning Sheetrock into Wood 

This was a fun project. Sheetrock ceilings were supposed to look like they have seamless wood paneling installed. We worked on three different ceilings. Ceilings 1 and 2 continue behind the glass, in conference rooms. The entire building has a very creative modern design with simple lines and vibrant colors. The wood imitation ceilings added  warmth and a different dimension to it. Faux wood can be used in many many ways, helping to save financial and environmental resources.
More on

                                         Ceiling 1

Sheetrock turned wood. :)

                                          Ceiling 2

Faux wood grain on sheet rock. 

                                          Ceiling 3
(Before sheetrock installation)

                                          Ceiling 3 (different angle)
(Before sheetrock installation) 

Custom Fiberglass Door Finishes 

This is our latest fiberglass door refinish. This front door came unfinished with wood grain. We used some of the wood grain already on the door. Most of the wood grain was, however faux painted. A huge difference between what it was and what it is now.

Advantages of wood grain painted doors fiberglass doors:

1. Savings: saving the environment, saving your money as fiberglass doors are less expensive and last longer.
2. The finish is custom and much more authentic looking than factory painted doors.
3. More savings: you can have a custom finished door for about as much as standard factory finish. More authentic factory finishes cost a lot more non factory finished doors.

Cabinetry Finishes 

Below is an example of simple cabinetry refinish. Our job was to make the cabinet look new.

Entrance Door Finishes 

This is a mahogany door that completely faded and the varnish got damaged from too much sun. We removed all varnish, stained it and varnished it again. Looks like new. :)

Bathroom Remodel 

Everything in this bathroom needed to be changed, but the floors. The finish is fairly neutral to allow using various accessories and to highlight them. 

1. Walls - gray strie.
2. Ceiling - high gloss dark gray metallic.
3. Dark gray cabinets to matching the ceiling. 
4. Counter top - stone imitation. 

      Counter top before.  

Counter top after. 


                             Walls before.                                    Cabinets before.

Cabinets after. 

                                                     High gloss ceiling we added.

                 View of the entire bathroom.                          Wall detail. 

Another bathroom needed new tiles. This is how we solved the problem. 

This is a great bathroom remodel idea  if you are not intending to spend a lot of money, but just simply make the tiles look like new. The surface is very smooth, not brush strokes. The final coat is a counter top varnish that is very durable.