Job Recipe Cards

For those of you who know me or have taken a class with me, you know about my job recipe cards.  I am a stickler about these for every technique on every job.  With a completed recipe card, I’m able to know the recipe for every client who may need a touch-up or if they want to repeat a specific finish.  Also, if a client/designer chooses a sample from my library that was completed for another job, I have the recipe.

Here is the form I use.   I print them on card stock so the wet paint sample doesn’t buckle.

blank form

This is a recipe card for a faux oak door we completed in an elevator vestibule in Manhattan.

oak recipe card

The recipe card gives us the important information about color and general tools and steps used to complete the project.  See the door as seen on a previous post.

faux oak

Recently, I completed a seagreen marble for my students (previous post).  Notice on the second block that I simply dabbed the colors on my palette.  Just knowing the colors I used is just the information I need to recreate the finish.

seagreen marble recipe

Here is an example of painted seagreen marble.  It’s not the exact one from the recipe above, but you get the idea.

seagreen marble

Here’s an example of a great reason for a recipe card.  We had a client in Long Island that we did a weathered finish on the walls of the mud room.  After, they wanted us to repeat the look on a pair of lamps.  With the recipe card below, we were able to re-create the finish without traveling to Long Island!

weathered glaze recipe

Completed weathered lamps from a previous post.

weathered lamps

Finally, this fantasy faux marble was completed in Japan, as seen on a previous post.

fantasy red marble recipe

fantasy red marble

Having the discipline to properly record finishes is definitely a time-saver, even though it seems like a nuisance at the time.

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