Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been or what I have been up to. Well wonder no more!
I’ve recently launched a new business called Art & Elixir and have very much been caught up with my new to-do list that this fun new venture requires.
Art & Elixir hosts painting events at local Twin Cities restaurants so that you can sip your favorite drink while we guide you through the featured painting of the night. Our events are geared towards those who have never painted before but have always wanted to try – no art experience is necessary! After our 2-3 hour social painting events everyone will go home with a masterpiece that is ready to hang. Our standard events are $35 (plus your bar tab) with which you get a fun night out as well as your masterpiece to take home!
Last month I had the fun task of creating and installing a custom countertop for Rusty Taco’s new Minneapolis location. The Rusty Taco is a delicious taco hot spot serving $2.50 hand made tacos and margaritas – yumm. This new location opened just weeks ago and is located at 522 E. Hennepin Ave, Mpls.
With a garage theme as a guide, I created this swirling metallic silver and black countertop. By using iCoat’s Metal Illusion product, I was able to create a stunning, unique, and durable countertop for all of those tacos to be served up on.
How did you do that you say?
Well let’s start at the beginning to see what’s under there. The great guys at Cabinets by Dan fashioned a wood top for us made out of a special water resistant wood. The finish we’ve created is just 1/8″ thick yet tough as nails. It can go right over most surfaces but in this case, it was a new countertop. Here is what the top looked like to start:
Balancing the hands-on art portion of my business with the behind-the-scenes bookwork is a constant battle. Of course, I would rather be sipping a latte while churning out new and unique finishes in my studio – any artist would. The reality of it is that a lot of bookwork goes along with each project. There are also times when a reworking of a crucial element of my business becomes necessary.
This week was just that time for The Modern Patina. My previous web design software has been deemed outdated with the latest Mac upgrades (I will miss you iWeb!). With one complete year of advanced notice, I of course, waited until the very last week to choose a new software and redesign my website. Once I found a great alternative to iWeb, I was on a roll.
Without further ado, I announce The Modern Patina’s new and improved website:
With the use of Square Space, I’ve reworked and relaunched my website. It now has a sleek, modern look that I’m growing quite fond of. I’ve de-cluttered my galleries and only included my favorite project images. The same went for my featured samples. Why would anyone want to sift through 50+ images of samples when just a handful of my favorites can show my skill and style?
Knowing that this is a tough topic for most homeowners, I’ve asked Sarah Bernardy-Broman of Sarah Bernardy Design to help us feel a little more comfortable with addressing our ceilings. Read below to hear what Sarah is saying about painting your ceilings.
During a color consult for my clients the other day we had made our selections for all the wall colors on the main level, when the wife asked, “now what color for the ceiling? Can we do something other than white?” An instant smile stretched across my face, not only because she was first in suggesting we put color on the ceiling, a controversial topic in most households, but they have the coveted flat ceilings, not popcorn or knock-down! Can you feel my smile? I view the open space immediately looking for the starting and stopping points per room. We select a nice soft yellow called, Cottage Cream from Sherwin Williams that compliments all of our color selection, but is much warmer than the existing primer white.
When did color on the walls above become a subject that’s hard to address? I’m not saying you need Sistine Chapel glory on your ceilings; I’m talking a color other than white. Painting your ceilings the same color or even a shade or two lighter then the walls in your room or home is not rocket science, but it may take a color expert to get you to the right shade suited for your space and level of comfort.
I had the honor of guest blogging on Sarah Bernardy Design’s blog this week.
I wrote a feature post on using iCoat to add curb appeal to the walkways and front steps of your home. It is a great product and great time of year to complete a job outside as you’ll have the long summer to enjoy it!
Check it out here.
Our iCoat concrete countertop/flooring seminar is done. Sad, I know.
We came away with nine sample boards. Three samples each of countertops, concrete flooring, and metallic illusions epoxy flooring. My head is full of ideas for new samples so prepare yourself for more to come!
As I mentioned in my last post, my first project will be my bathroom’s countertops that currently has green swirl laminate.
It should be a great before and after project!
Take a look at my haul:
It has been two fun days of learning and playing with the my newly found product line called iCoat. Bear with me as I tend to get very excited about new product lines and let my geeky art side shine strong.
I wrote a short post after signing up for the seminar which you can find right here. This product line has a countertop and flooring/wall portion with unlimited options of texture and color combinations.
I’ve been in class for two days now and made nine sample boards – yay!
The first day we covered how to create countertops – truly one of the most fun products that I have ever used. It definitely has the wow factor when applying the colorants and even more so when the epoxy coating goes on and all the colors pop once again.