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:
Bright Silver Foil
Step One: Clean the surface with granular tsp per the manufactures directions. Sand the surface with 220 paper and wipe the dust. Roll a coat of Royal Taupe Setcoat 100% over the cabinet. If this is new construction, roll 1 coat of primer first. The Setcoat should dry at least 2 hours.
Step Two: Using a sea sponge spot in Wunda Size in connecting areas. The Wunda Size should set at least 30 minutes.
With the Silver Side facing you, use the scrub brush to apply the foil over the Wunda Size.
The foil should cover at least 75% of the surface. You may proceed to the next step immediately after applying the foil.
Step Three: Tape off the center raised panel of the doors/drawers. Apply the Palette Deco Metallic Pearl with a sea sponge leaving some height.
Use a Japan Scraper to gently flatten the Palette Deco leaving graceful trowel lines. Dry well.
Step Four: Pull the tape and use a sea sponge to spot in Royal Taupe Setcoat over the silver foil on the rails and stiles. This step will soften the foil. Dry.
Step Five: Brush a stain mix of 1pint FX Thinner + 2 TBSP Antique Mahogany Stain & Seal + 2 TBSP Van Dyke Brown Stain & Seal 100% over cabinet including the Palette Deco center and soften with cheesecloth or a cloth. This is the same stain used on the tile finish.
Step Six: Use the Van Dyke Brown Stain & Seal to highlight molding edges (tipping). Thin some Van Dyke Brown Stain lightly with FX Thinner and use this in the recesses of the molding (shading). Dry well.
Step Seven: To brighten and contrast the molding surround, mix 1 cup FX Thinner + 2 TBSP Antique Mahogany Stain & Seal. Brush this over the outer molding only and soften with cheesecloth. Let all the stain layers dry over night before sealing.
Step Eight: The cabinet may be sealed with Aquaguard Gloss, dried a few hours and then C Satin. You may also seal the surface with Varnish Plus Satin, applying the second coat of the varnish within 4 hours of the first coat.
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.