Sunday, November 10, 2013

Going Grey: Three DIY Projects

There are several ways to go grey...
You can go grey young
You can go grey as you mature
or just testify before Congress!
Grey is having a moment. I like to think it's due to grey being a modern neutral and not that book 50 Shades of Stockholm Syndrome  Grey.  Our Faux Woe In-Box had 3 separate questions regarding different grey finishes.  One question was about a shiny grey that could hold up to a steamy bathroom (maybe it's steamy because they are reading that 50 Shades book in the tub?).  The 2nd question involved matching a linear wallpaper in silky sheen greys. And the final question referenced an old world type plaster in blue greys.
Finish One:  The Steamy Grey
Preparation is key in a wet room with no ventilation. Check the sub-straight  for bonding and signs of water problems like bubbled surfaces. These need to be repaired before base coating.  I use Setcoat as my base-any darker shade will do.

Trowel a layer of Stuco Lux Grey Skies 100%.

This will dry about 30-40% lighter. 
 Next pop in Putty Stuco Lux and more Grey Skies. Gently blade to mix the two.
This is what the wet half looks like compared to the dry side.

When the wall is all the same color, trowel on Stuco Lux Sealer.  This has a slight gold cast but you can tint with colorant if you want to kill some of the gold.

Let the sealer dry. You can polish at this point but I like to skip trowel in more of the Putty Color for depth. Then I use a rotary brush to polish.

Finished sample
Second Finish: The Woven Wallpaper.
Trowel a layer of Moonstone Grey Venetian Gem Plaster in a long stripe down your wall.
Then use a Bark Roller and roll vertically down the wall. I do this several times to break up the patters.  Surfaces has carried specialty rollers for over 3 years and this is the most versatile pattern.

When this is dry, thin Silver Stain & Seal and trowel tightly over the plaster. 
Use a cloth to soften chatter lines.
After the stain dries, tight trowel Queen Anne's Lace Lustersuede over the pattern
Again, use a cloth to soften chatter.
Finished Sample!
Third Finish: The Old World Plaster
Trowel a high/low coat of Nu'Villa Plaster in Pewter.
When this is dry, I tinted some O'Villa with Williamsburg Blue Stain & Seal.  I popped this over the base. I also popped in some O'Villa that I left untinted. Gently blend with trowel.

When the plaster is dry, brush on a glaze made with Dark Brown Faux Crème Color
and soften with a damp cloth.
And the finished Old World Blue-Grey Plaster
Here are the 3 shades of Grey I worked with for the finishes:
Only 47 more to go!


  1. Thank you for sharing your creativity, I enjoyed the information!

  2. I was wondering what the difference between nu villa and ovilla is. I live ovilla for the flat sheen, but is hard to tint dark. ...

  3. I was wondering what the difference between ovilla and nu villa is. I love the flatness in sheen of ovilla...but doesn't tint to dark. How is nu villa different?

  4. wow...just realized I posted that twice- sorry bout that its early. I also had a question about the layering of product. When I do samples I generally throw on what ever product I have handy. Its only come back to bite me once....but that was enough! Now, I often wonder if a product is going to react with previous layer on the wall.