"I would like to thank Sandstone for this award. And,
I hope this thing is made of chocolate because I could use some calories right now."
In honor of the Oscars, I would like to bestow my own award for Best Product in the Faux Effects line to Sandstone.
Sandstone is an off-white plaster that has a small brown aggregate (fleck) in it and the plaster dries to a pretty parchment color after sanding. It sands easily and creates very little dust. Thinning with water, up to 50%, and whipping will give you a nice plaster paste suitable for rolling.
And of course it may be troweled whether thinned or straight out of the bucket. Sandstone covers about 200-250 square feet unthinned. Thinning with water will give you approximately 100-150 more square feet. Coverage is always dependent on how thick and/or connected you apply the material.
The classic way we apply Sandstone is to roll a paste coat and then trowel a high/low coat when the first coat is dry. Then we glaze on top. You can tint Sandstone but it looks best when left light so the aggregate shows.
Sandstone is thick enough to go over orange peel (the walls in the picture above) and knock down (the ceiling in the same picture).
Sandstone is also thick enough to use a stenciling material for raised patterns. This is a dining room we did years ago where we used Stain & Seal on the base layer of troweled Sandstone. Then we pulled more Sandstone over a Royal Design Allover Stencil. When the Sandstone pattern was dry, we stained it one more time.
I use Sandstone a lot for both interior and exterior wood finishing. The above door is the sample I did for a client's paneling where I crackled Sandstone over a custom black grey Setcoat. The door below is also Sandstone this time applied with a sea sponge and then sanded flat.
Here Sandstone is used in a back splash tile with the Cutting Edge Birch Tree pattern. Because the plaster may be thinned it is a good choice when using the specialty rollers, wallpaper brushes, or combs. The bathroom finish below is Sandstone shaped with a whisk broom. I call it Samara because it looks like the creepy kid's hair from "The Ring" movie.
Sandstone is flexible enough to be applied to a paper finish and will not crack off. I used it for the Yellow Birch paper I made for the craft room in our home.
This whole story board for walls, wood, and ceiling are done with Sandstone in combination with other FE products. So the next time you are stumped about what to do for a client give some Sandstone a try. It is much more then a simple rolled plaster. You will be surprised at all the finishes you may do with it!
And speaking of surprises....