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Have I mentioned How Much I love my Tools?

This is not a paid post- I just have to shout out for the tools that make my work easier, better, tidier (is that a word?). I already used Shur-Line's mini rag rollers for my decorative painting business before Hosting Fresh Coat then becoming Shur-Line's spokesperson (2007-2010; a great run!) and a huge fan of their brushes and teflon coated trays. My favorite brushes are 1 1/2" square and angle. (Thank you, Paul and Shur-Line team) And I can't live without Fits-All Paint Can Spout (see the yellow and blue plastic thingies at the back of the counter?). I've used these for years to keep paint cans clean which keeps the paint fresh longer and the mess to a minimum....

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Things are Looking Up!

Finally, 'popcorn' ceilings of the 70's are nearly extinguished and recovery from the 80's white ceilings is slow but sure. I noticed an article about decorative ceilings on Apartment Therapy recently and reflected on some of my favorite ceiling projects from my decorative painting days. The pictures aren't that great, but hopefully you get the idea... [caption id="attachment_3662" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I stenciled the walls AND this impressive cone shaped ceiling in this girl's room- a 16 year old at the time, she wanted a metallic, moroccan tent feel"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3661" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I designed the Moroccan star pattern to fall away for a playful twist on the typical tiles domes of Moroccan architecture"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3664" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Wait, you want...

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From the Archives...

I recently connected with a past client who sent me photos of my work! Thanks, Mark! Here are some rooms from my decorative painting days. Take a look, enjoy, and have a great weekend! [caption id="attachment_3097" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I designed and painted this medallion in the dining room"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3101" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I love how it sparkles in the light"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3098" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I painted this medallian for the lantern in the entry"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3099" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="This ceiling panel in the hallway is still one of my favorite projects. It was one of the first things I painted for this family and set the tone for all the other work in this house."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3100" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I...

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