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Four! That’s how many emails I have left in my Inbox as of today. Earlier this week, asked you to join me as I get our inbox to zero by December 31st. Just four more emails to address to start fresh in 2018! How are you doing?
Year-end is also the perfect time to look back and take a look at the projects completed throughout the year. I don’t do this to toot my own horn, instead, I like to step back and take a look at all of the projects in one place to evaluate. I encourage you to do the same with your own projects.
Doing this allows me to see which paint and stain techniques I’ve used most, the types of furniture pieces I’ve leaned toward, and which most appeal to myself and my audience. I can also more easily evaluate and see where I’d like to make changes.
In 2015 and 2016. there was alot of experimenting with different brands of paints, colors, and layering of paints and glazes. You saw very little of this in 2017.
As you scroll though, feel free to click each photo to see the full before & after post for each.
Looking at these projects, you can see I played it very safe this year. I opted for neutral colors and practical, durable finishes with flat topcoats, enamal paints, and stains rather than decorative, multi-layer finishes.
In 2017, I’ve grown to appreciate solid wood and old world furniturings that last centuries instead of just decades. You can see this in the sanding technique I’ve developed to sand back previously-stained finishes to create a naturally-aged finish.
In 2017, I also tried a few new painting techniques, like dry-brushing – which I love because it puts so little paint onto the furniture yet still results in color, interest, and depth. I’m thinking you’ll see a lot more of this in 2018.
Happy New Year – Here’s looking forward to 2018!
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