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Shelby County, Alabama

Lazenby’s Decorative Arts Studio, Inc.

A Season of Change Updating a custom home

The great room and foyer were glazed with Modern Masters Metallic.

Rik Lazenby describes his company’s large-scale decorative project.

In late January 2021, we received a call from a local designer asking if we would meet with her at a job site in Shelby County, Alabama. She commented that we would find the job challenging but fulfilling. Of course, this whet our appetite — Lazenby’s Decorative Arts Studio is always up for a challenge. In this case, we were asked to paint a large, private residence built during the early 2000s. The new owners wanted significant updating, and the designer had recommended our company because of our reputation for excellence.

The owners were a delightful couple and very specific about their vision. They wanted to significantly lighten the walls as well as some ceilings on the main floor and upper hallway, which had originally been painted dark and finished with a dark umber glaze. This was our starting point. We arranged with the owners to have their painters apply a much lighter base coat using Sherwin-Williams Interior Super Paint in the color Swiss Coffee. After this was completed, we began our work. We had already submitted samples for wall glazing and had obtained approval of a glaze utilizing Modern Masters Metallic Champagne as the colorant. We began the glazing process in the main foyer and great room, then took that same finish to many other areas of the house.

At the end of April, after the glazing was complete, we addressed the kitchen cabinetry that had chipped and yellowed over the years. We began by removing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, removing the hardware, and thoroughly cleaning and lightly sanding the areas to be addressed. The next step was to apply a coat of Zinsser B-I-N primer, then two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance waterborne alkyd tinted to Swiss Coffee. We glazed the cabinets with a metallic Champagne glaze mixture.

We also updated the large domes in the main foyer, great room, master bedroom and master bath by adding multilayered glazed finishes using a variety of Modern Masters metallic paints. Additionally, we finished hundreds of feet of decorative crown molding, base molding, door molding and interior doors using Benjamin Moore Advance interior paint and metallic Champagne glaze. To cap it off, we finished 14 large columns and two wall niches using Modern Masters metallic paints and Faux Effects Stain and Seal.

The project was completed in six months. The spring and summer of 2021 brought a season of changes.

The kitchen, before and after.
Cabinets were repaired and glazed.
The master bath features metallics and glazes.
Jennifer Lazenby at work on the columns.


Rik and Jennifer Lazenby

Key Products

  • Zinsser B-I-N Primer
  • Modern Masters Metallics
  • Faux Effects Stain and Seal
  • Benjamin Moore Advance