These are a few of my favorite things!
|(The Sound of Music, 20th Century Fox 1965)|
This is for the client that likes the look of troweled drywall. The product price is $64 per gallon but there are some advantages over a standard drywall type finish (at least the ones we were asked to do). In this finish the material is pre-tinted which means I don't have to trowel, sand, and then paint my surface before glazing. Since the product is thicker, I get a pitted look rather then flat trowel lines in a single layer. The product is flexible and tinted through-out so if it chips, which is hard to do, it will chip to color rather then white. And it sands easily and produces very little dust. I've seen really nice dry wall finishes but this is a great alternative.
You could stop right here and have a pretty glass cloth. I add the next layer (if a client will pay for it) for greater depth and it really hides any lap lines on large walls. Butter your trowel with Antique Parchment Lustersuede.
Pop this over the dried surface in connecting areas. Then place your trowel flat and push it up and down and across-the Lustersuede is wetter then regular Lusterstone and will move.
Finish Three: Easy Embossed Leather or Wax Resist Look.
Start by rolling a coat of Venetian Gem Base Coat with a fluffy cloth roller. I left this un-tinted.
I applied thinned Cherry Stain & Seal mixed with some American Walnut Stain & Seal (3 parts FX Thinner: 2 parts Cherry : 1/2 part American Walnut) over the dried base. I spritzed with water and removed with a dry cloth.
Repeat the relief pattern over the surface. When dry, I brushed another stain mix of 3 parts FX Thinner + 1 part American Walnut Stain + 1/4 part Rich Brown Stain and softened with a damp cloth. This gives the look of an embossed leather or a wax resist effect.
Finish Four: Using a roller
I like the Venetian Gem Base Coat as a medium for the specialty rollers because it is thicker then Lusterstone, more matte then Venetian Gem if you want a low luster look, and not as sticky as Softex. I tinted this one with some Bronze Setcoat for a very low luster metallic.
When this is dry, I rolled a coat of Leo Gold Metal Glow over the finish. Metallics are a little tacky to roll. I roll the Leo Gold and soften with a damp cloth as I go-this looks more like a glaze then a full coverage paint. You can also thin your Metal Glow with glaze medium or extender if needed.
When the Metal Glow is dry, I brushed the Surface with the same American Walnut/Rich Brown Stain that I used above.
When this is finished, some people think it looks like hammered metal. Other people think it looks like Ostrich.
I guess it is the visual illusion of finishes, like this:
Do you see the finisher at her first class or the one that just finished a 1,000 foot ceiling?
In the end, as long as you see this:
then any of these finishes is a winner!