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New Office Creates New Opportunity — and Entirely New Blue

Rik Lazenby created a custom blue, now known as Moroccan Blue, for the studio’s exterior doors and accents.

In January 2018, Lazenby’s Decorative Arts Studio lost its home of 6 ½ years when the complex in which it was ocated closed. It was a tough blow, but it presented an opportunity. That July, business partners and father–daughter duo Rik and Jennifer Lazenby leased a 4,000- square-foot facility that had been a mapmaking business in its former life. Yet the dated building was in desperate need of an upgrade.

The Lazenbys began the interior renovation in the future gallery area with priming and a double coat of a flat decorator white on all the tongue-and-groove paneling. The suspended ceiling tiles were painted with Sherwin-Williams Aviary Blue, with metallic gold accents along the air vents. The old carpet was removed, and the concrete covered with gallons of waterbased stains and three top coats of Minwax Gloss Polyurethane.

The condition of the building exterior when the Lazenbys arrived.

the main working and teaching studio with more than 100 gallons of a custom mixed texture (Oyster White) that closely replicated the look of Marmorino plaster. This custom mixture had proven durable and attractive when used on past projects. Next, the studio’s stained concrete floor was thoroughly cleaned and etched before applying layers of water-based stains in a variety of wood tones. After the floor was dry, Jennifer Lazenby spritzed the floor with a variety of colors before applying three coats of polyurethane.

Next, it was time to focus on the exterior. Rik Lazenby wanted a special blue for the three exterior doors. After searching fruitlessly for a color to mimic the blue seen on doors in Morocco, he ordered a blue dry pigment and mixed the final color himself. Later, he sought to have the final color computer-matched only to find the computer could not read or formulate the color. It’s now known as “Moroccan Blue.”

Spraying the concrete floor in a variety of wood toned stains, topped with three coats of polyurethane, created this unique hue.

brick exterior was coated in Sherwin- Williams A-100 white in a flat sheen. The windows and custom-built shutters were painted Chateau Brown, with metal bolts painted in a verdigris finish. The Lazenbys also made two signs for the front and stained them with Faux Effects colorants. The lettering was embellished with composite gold leaf.

All told, the work took 5 ½ months, spanning three other large decorative arts projects. The last finishes were applied just days before the company’s Holiday Open House, marking a very happy end to the year.

Key Products

  • Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 waterbased primer
  • Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint acrylic latex paint
  • Minwax water-based stains
  • Minwax Gloss Polyurethane
  • Sherwin-Williams A-100 exterior acrylic latex paint