Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home Renovation for Spankos

We were walking through the local home improvement store and passed a display of bargain merchandise near the checkout. The sign on one bin caught my eye. It said:

Debbie Travis Floggers

What? I scurried over to have a look at the decorating diva's latest merchandise. Was this something to accompany her latest book on dungeon decorating?

They're only paintbrushes. And not very stiff ones at that. Neverthel
ess, when I got home I searched online for some of her decorating tips and found this little gem for refurbishing a door. The good bits are in red.

Faux Wood-grained Door

Tools And Materials Needed

  • 1" paint brush
  • Softener
  • Flogger
  • 2" natural bristle brush
  • Low-tack tape
  • Latex glazing liquid
  • 5 Shades brown latex paint, satin
  • Water-based varnish, satin, tinted w/burnt umber

Getting Started

  1. Prime the door with high adhesion primer. Let dry
  2. Basecoat with 2 coats of dark, chicory brown latex paint.
  3. Each part of the door must be taped off and painted separately for the woodgrain to look authentic.
  4. Collect 4 different brown glazes: a yellow brown, a red brown, and 2 mid brown shades. Mix them each with a bit of glaze Ò about 1 part glaze to 1 part glaze.
  5. With a 1" paintbrush dab the lightest colour over the taped off surface in random patches. Always brush in just 1 direction. Then fill in more empty spots with the red brown glaze. Continue with the lighter of the 2 mid-browns, and finish off by filling any remaining holes with the darker brown.
  6. While the colours are still wet, soften and blend the colours slightly with a softener, brushing up and down at a very slight angle. The wood grain should not be perfectly vertical, but just ever so slightly off.
  7. Using a flogger, or a brush with coarse, long bristles, slap the bristles against the surface to break it up a bit, moving downwards as you hit, along the very same angle you created with the softener. This will create subtle woodgrain lines. Let dry thoroughly.
  8. Tint a small container of water-based, satin finish varnish with a bit of burnt umber pigment, and brush it over the top with a natural bristle brush. This will add depth and soften any harshness in the woodgrain technique below, as well as protect your work.

Of course, you don't need to follow the instructions exactly as written. Just use your imagination.

From Hermione's Heart


Fabsterrant said...

No doubt a secret storage area blueprint on aforementioned items could become necessary if zealots exercise with a flogger in each hand on a regular basis.


pammie said...

I did some home improvement recently when I added (discreetly, of course) eye bolts to the back side of the cross beam in the dining room. If anyone asks, they're for light rope and garland at Christmas. :-)


I intend to make a kinky type flogger using a paint brush handle, when I can find a source of the right kind of leather. The paintbrush handle should provide good grip and the wider spread nature of the tails should give it a different sensation to a normal flogger.


Hermione said...

Fab - One in each hand? Exotic!

Pammie - I believe you; thousands wouldn't. Seriously, that's a wonderful idea.

Prefectdt - That's a great idea. A suggestion - I saw some lovely bunches of leather bootlaces at a shoemaker. Would that work?


Mrs M said...

Don't you just love finding the kink in any innocent advertisement? Mr M and I make it a game, see who can come up with the best kink themed idea from an Ad!

As for the paintbrushes however, I now want to know what a spanking with a hard one would be like?!

Mrs M