DIY Projects: The Bombshell Bath by Rebecca Slaton from Surfaces Fine Paint & Decorative Art Studio
Decorative Artists are often faced with the challenge of renewing multiple surfaces in a single room while also containing costs. This can be achieved with a smart selection of products applied in different ways to create complimentary looks.
At Surfaces, we’ve been developing a series of sleek glamorous finishes we call the Modern Romantics. Our Bombshell Bath combines soothing but sexy shades of pearl, silver, and light mocha for a ceiling, wall, cabinet, and tile finish.
I’ve done illustrated demonstrations (another way of saying training) since I was 9 and in 4-H. Then it was “How to feed a puppy.” Early on, I knew two things-I love talking and I love drawing. Much later, I started my career writing and training on youth programs for, of all groups, 4-H! Teaching got really interesting when I began to specialize in adolescent reproductive health. Now when artist students ask a faux finishing question and prefaces it with “this may be a weird question…” I always smile and think, “After teaching sex education, nothing asked in a painting class even comes close to strange.” – Rebecca Slaton
Faux Effects Products: Royal Taupe Setcoat, Metallic Pearl Palette Deco, Queen Anne’s Lace Lusterstone, Dark Brown Faux Cream Color, and Brown Faux Crème Color. C-500 Satin is optional as finish coat.
Step One: Roll a coat of Royal Taupe Setcoat 100% over the ceiling. If this is new construction, roll 1 coat of primer first. The Setcoat should dry at least 2 hours.
Step Two: Using a steel trowel with rounded edges, apply Palette Deco Pearl in a medium thickness. You want to create gentle trowel lines. Palette Deco dries quickly on the trowel, so use a Japan Blade to scrape your trowel and keep it clean. This will minimize drag marks in the plaster.
The Palette Deco Pearl is applied 100% but you will see some of the Royal Taupe shadowing through the finish. This layer usually dries within 1-2hours. The Palette Deco will be used later for the cabinet and tile finishes.
Step Three: Mix the Mocha Lusterstone color using 1 gallon of Queen Anne’s Lace Lusterstone + 8 Tsp Dark Brown Faux Crème Color + 8 Tsp Brown Faux Crème Color. You will also use 1 gallon of Queen Anne’s Lace straight out of the container. Both colors will be used for the wall finish as well.
Step 4: Start with the Mocha color. Trowel the Mocha Lusterstone using the side of your blade but holding the blade at a slight angle to the Palette Deco. Work in the un-altered Queen Anne’s Lace Lusterstone wet-into-wet with the Mocha Color.
Step 5: This layer should look soft and cloud-like. Cover the Palette Deco Pearl 100%. The ceiling may be completed at this step or a coat of C500 Satin maybe rolled when the Lusterstone is dry (about an hour) for added pop and light reflection.
Many other products, such as the Stain & Seal used on the cabinet are also used on the tile. The Wundasize used for the cabinet works for the wall finish. All the products used in this DIY are Silver Label for general use.
At the end of this 4-part DIY, I will outline a bid for applying these finishes in a 350 square foot Master Bath with a 300square foot ceiling, 14square feet of tile, and a 7 foot long 10 piece vanity.
Rebecca Slaton and her husband Bruce own Surfaces School of Decorative Finishing in Kansas City. Surfaces is a Faux Effects Gold Label Studio with 6,000 square feet of classroom and product retail space. Rebecca’s commission work has been featured in numerous national publications and she has taught at several Faux Effects studios across the country. You can find out more about Rebecca, classes, and decorative art projects by checking out the Surfaces website, www.surfacesfinepaint.com or the Surfaces Fan Page on Facebook.