Before/After

All About the Finishes

5/08/2010

In this space I used two finishing techniques. One on the walls above the chair rail, the other on all of the trim work.

For the faux finish on the walls all you need is a base coat and a glaze coat. I used Lowe’s brand base coat in Yellowstone and Lowe’s glaze in Gold. Apply the base, let dry. Then take some glaze pour on a paper plate and “dab” on the wall with a plastic grocery bag. Yes, it’s that simple…. And you don’t need to purchase any special faux painting tools.

Tip: Make sure you don’t use the side of the bag that has colored writing. The ink can come off on the wall.

For the trim, I was inspired by Patty over at Fabulously Finished. She turned her white trim into bronze and I LOVED how it turned out. I used Lowe’s paint products again to create this effect.

Note on trim: The chair rail and crown molding are all foam products from The Home Depot. They are super easy to work with and install.

Step 1: Prime the trim black--Yes BLACK, and let dry. This will eliminate having to put on multiple coats. Lowe’s did not have black primer, so I had them dye white primer black. It worked great!

Step 2: Paint trim with Lowe’s Brilliant Metals Lustrous Amber. Let dry.

Step 3: Apply gel stain in Dark Walnut with a chip brush. Go over up to an 8 foot section, then rub off with cheese cloth using long strokes. Let dry 24-48 hours before handling.

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