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Lazenby's decorative art studio

Hoover, AL

In the Eye of the Storm

Much of this project was done to help the home recover from storm damage.

Not only do they paint up a storm, Rik Lazenby can write up a storm, so we’ll let him tell the story... This project began with a kitchen makeover completed on January 26, 2019. We had been contracted by a client to do a large cabinet update in their already beautiful home. We were also commissioned to apply a multi-layered glazed finish to two tray ceilings.

Fast-forward to April 14, 2019, when an EF0 tornado came through Shelby County, Alabama, doing a great deal of property damage (mostly downed trees and power lines). The tornado was on the ground for several miles but only impacted a few homes. Unfortunately, our client’s was one of them. The tornado destroyed much of their landscaping and some fencing. In addition, it destroyed their two chimneys and did a great deal of roof damage, causing water damage to their two upstairs bedrooms, kitchen, keeping room, breakfast nook and media room. After several months of dealing with insurance companies, they contacted us to return and do our magic. We devised a plan to get some of the areas finished before Thanksgiving and the remainder before Christmas.

Our priority was to repair the damaged drywall ceiling and wall areas in the kitchen, breakfast nook, sitting room and media room. First, we removed all the draperies and wall accessories. Our next step was to remove the furniture, tarp the floor areas and mask the moldings. Some trim had to be reattached and much of the trim was caulked.

Our next goal was to paint the wall areas in the kitchen, sitting room, breakfast nook, butler’s pantry and upper stairway. Next, we turned our attention to the large exterior metal entry doors that badly needed a makeover. We sanded the worn and peeling areas and filled the pitted areas using Bondo. We then applied a black Rust-Oleum primer in a flat sheen. The next step was to apply a custom-mixed bronze/gold mica powder solution and a topcoat of Minwax Helmsman Spar Varnish in satin.

After Thanksgiving, we began work on the upper bedroom ceilings and the media room. There was water damage to the ceilings in both bedrooms. We had to reattach the drywall areas and finish with joint compound. We finished up in the media room, where there were numerous wall and ceiling areas that had to have drywall replaced and finished.

Jennifer and I met our timeline and accomplished our objectives. The stormblemished home had been returned to its beauty and was ready for the coming Christmas holidays.

Entry doors were sanded, filled, primed and then finished with a custom-mixed formula.

Key Products

  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
  • Sherwin-Williams Infinity
  • Faux Effects Stain & Seal
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Sherwin-Williams ProMar 400
  • Rust-Oleum primer
  • Minwax Helmsman Spar Varnish