Tools & Materials
All in the details
See how HGTV star Cari Cucksey repurposed her entire loft into a cool downtown oasis.
Instead of Type O coursing through Cari’s veins, she’s got a colorful liquid paint that pumps all of her creativity. Her style is like a transfusion for anything she touches and her home is a reflection of that dynamic.
“Repurposing is my life,” she exclaims, “And nothing is free from my signature style!”
Her kitchen cupboards have been sprayed and distressed with a warm shade of gray that compliments the appliances and vintage-like floor tile. Additional furnishings have their own personalities and colors to create a collected, eclectic look.
Loving your home can be just a spray away as it really gives you control over color and style of everything. Let your space speak for you with the shades and hues that make you happy and grounded in your home. Cari chose paints from her RePurpose collection to take simple cabinets to a stellar design level. To get the look, spray your cabinets with the Home Décor Sprayer and while still wet, distress with steel wool. Once dry, your finish will have a time-worn vintage look.
Cari Cucksey’s new loft space is undergoing a transformation. Cari and her husband Vince felt that something was lacking. Being like the “cobbler’s kids” they realized their own walls needed a statement, like a fresh coat of paint. Cari found a favorite painting for the focal wall and selected her colors from its abstract, muted canvas. Soon the walls were awash in Celadon green and accessories were corralled to match and complete the look. “My paint colors really bring a space together and once I selected an inspiration piece—a favorite painting—I had a direct path to a beautiful statement wall.” Cari placed her palette in the space for a couple of days with a favorite painting to draw out just the right shade of green.
Turning a wall into a focal point is easy with a bit of paint and these Wagner rollers that can be pre-filled with paint. Cari and her husband Vince taped off the hallway with butcher’s paper and blue tape. Once prepped, they cut in with Cari’s wall paint and created a finish coat with the Wagner SMART Roller™ in Cari’s RePurpose paint, Celadon. Cari uses the Wagner SMART Edge Roller™ to cut in around ceilings, baseboard, and door frames.
Color & Style
Paint unleashes the ability to make it your own and Cari’s use of color in her loft space makes every inch her own personal statement. Vintage chairs are washed in a favorite shade of Mohair blue—the color picks up on the same color notes in the vintage needlepoint.
Flannel Gray brings an island corner corbel to life.
In her living room, a vintage wing back stands out in relief of a brick wall sprayed with a hand-made mix of RePurpose blues.
The Great Divide
The challenge? Create some intimate space in a wide open floor plan with these great carriage house doors given to Cari. “I’ve had these doors for a while and wanted to use them in my new space. I decided to hang them between the kitchen and living room to easily divide the room. They are on casters so they can be moved to one side easily. I love their graphic worn look but wanted one unified look. Painting would have covered the age so I went for a translucent stain sprayed on with the FLEXiO® 890.”
Mix up Cari’s stain in minutes! Combine 3 parts paint with 2 parts water. Stain should be the consistency of milk. Use the sprayer to coat the surface. Wipe away with clean rag so that stain saturates surface but doesn’t cover the grain.
Spray staining the door is easy and transformative. Newsprint, blue tape, and the FLEXiO® 890 make light work of a big project. Cari preps by placing paint cloths on the floor and covering the window panes with paper and tape.
Cari holds the sprayer nozzle six inches from the surface and moves in a low and slow motion horizontally across the door. Working in four foot sections at a time, Cary stops and removes excess stain with a rag and gently tubs the stain into the surface.
The final finished doors look as though they have always been washed in gray and make an excellent backdrop for a moveable kitchen furniture grouping. Cari likes to sit with friends and family over a favorite cup of tea and dream of more spray projects.