I opted to go with a silver metallic since the light fixture we put in the pantry has a rubbed black over silver.
First, I troweled a high/low coat of Silver Palette Deco on the ceiling. My ceiling had a drywall seam line and I am too lazy to mud and sand it properly so I thought I would use left-over plaster to build a finish over it. Plus the Silver Palette Deco gives a nice glow under the future layers.
On the walls I alternated Silver Palette Deco and Silver Sharkskin using a sea sponge roller to create connecting areas. You could substitute Silver Super Hide Metallic or Silver FauxMetal for the Silver Sharkskin. Why use two silvers? The Palette Deco is shiner and the Silver Sharkskin is more matte. The Palette Deco will repel glaze and the Sharkskin will absorb the glaze. Plus I had both. The finish could be done just using one product and still look nice.
Finishes like this are meant to go fast even though there are several layers. The key is to not over-think the base layers. Yes, the finish will look spotty at first. Don't waste time making the base plaster and the silver pretty-these layers are about getting something up that looks random and organic. Once I got the silvers applied I was able to apply my next layer on the first wall.
When I thinking of a pattern for a kitchen pantry, a checked one is what comes to mind. But we live in a contemporary home and a check is very traditional. So I selected this slightly Moroccan pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils to give me that checkered tablecloth look while keeping it more modern. This stencil comes with a ceiling topper which makes it so easy to get right at the ceiling line to lap your pattern.
Hint: Go all the way around the room with the topper first. This will let you know where to "fudge" your pattern in the most inconspicuous place and will allow you to work on several walls at a time while you are waiting for pattern areas to dry.
I mixed some Aquawax with Wheat Metal Glow (1 pint Aquawax : 1/4 cup Wheat) and added some very fine silver glitter from Michael's (1 TBSP). Aquawax is a great choice for metallic stenciled patterns because you can roll it, it dries quick, and you can see through it to under layers.
I always have some American Walnut Stain & Seal and FX Thinner left over from cabinet jobs. I prefer using this mix as my glaze over products such as wax and venetian plaster that are slicker and want to repel glaze mediums. The stain will bead up slightly-pad with a dry cloth to soften. The stain mix will bond hard to the surface without any additional topcoat. The warm brown of the stain really changes the color of finish and livens it up!
I am good on the scissors and the cupcake but that metal thing that shoots steam has me stumped.