Thursday, February 28, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
"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....
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I speak of the pompetous of love
Of course that doesn't even make sense but when has love ever made sense? While we ponder something complicated let's enjoy a simple romantic finish shall we? And why limit ourselves to red-let's go with a more popular color palette!
I started with an off-white base-in my case it is Neutral White Setcoat (Every product I used is from Faux Effects International and is part of the Silver Label Line). Then I popped on Silver Moss Lusterstone and Lustestone Tint Base covering about 95% of the base color.
Silver Moss Lusterstone is this great grey based green with a slight hint of blue. The Lusterstone tint base is a great alternative when you want a pearly look and the Crushed Pearl Lusterstone is too blue. I troweled both vertically and horizontally to gently blend the two colors. When dry, I used my new favorite pattern Antoinette Damask (even the name evokes tragic romance) from Royal Design Studio.
Then mix Palette Deco Pearl with sea foam glitter from Michael's, about 3 Tbsp per quart of plaster, and roll over the pattern.
The finish looks very pretty at this stage....
A romantic finish-perfect for a bedroom or bath. Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day. By the way, "Pompetous" is a made up used in Steve Miller Band's song The Joker. It is taken from the word "Puppetutes" which is a mash-up of "puppets" and "prostitutes" and was used in the 1954 song The Letter by The Medallions.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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!