Continuing on with the Border theme, today I thought I'd show you another way to add interest to plain walls. The same Transitional Border that you saw in my previous post, was also used here. This time, we see it used as a ceiling border.
This was an oddly shaped room, that needed some cohesiveness. This type of border works well to unify a room.
I fell off the Blog Post Wagon and missed Monday, but technically it was a holiday. Today's post is about Transitional Borders. This type of border is great when you want to break up a wall using two different finishes, but there is no natural break, such as a chair rail.
I used just such a transitional border here on this elegant stairway. The top portion of the walls are painted a very pale yellow, with straight paint. The bottom portion and the border are done using Brown Suede Lusterstone.
I carried the border onto the curved wall on the first floor of this foyer. This really helped to accentuate the beautiful curvature of the wall, while also adding interest.
Here you can see the two walls together.
Lucky for us, there is an entire category called "Transitions", featuring one time use stencil patterns over at the Modello site, which is where I ordered this design.
The bad thing about working on mirrors, is that you constantly can see yourself as you work! For the most part, I can just ignore myself and forget all about that, but unfortunately, every once in a while, I look up and notice all my wrinkles, sagging neck, etc. Working on mirrors is not for the faint of heart. I was also noticing how much my right eye is drooping. I'm still putting drops in every three hours as a result of the contact lens incident. :-(
I burnished and sealed everything with Black Liberon Wax before I peeled off the masking film.
I'm always afraid to pull off the masking vinyl, but this went really well!
I antiqued the border and decided to not fill in any of the irregular edges so it would have a more aged/antique look.
This dining area has been totally transformed with the removal of the shelving and the addition of the leafed pattern! It's a small dining space, open off of the kitchen and this wall of mirrors is the first thing you see when you enter from the adjacent sitting room. It's much more open and inviting now. A party is scheduled for here tonight, so we'll see what the reviews are!
For my fellow decorative finishers reading this, it took almost 5 boxes of Tamise' to complete this job. I totally underestimated the amount I needed and would like to give a big thanks to Kathy Carroll of Faux by Kathy and Sepp for shipping out more boxes to me so quickly!
Now I am done with the installation of the masking film, which was no easy task to do solo. If you click on the pic to enlarge, you will see some ripples with the film and places I had to cut to get it to fit better, but this will have no bearing on the outcome.
The next steps I did not photograph, but I put a layer of Prime Etch on, followed by Wunda Size.
Now it was time to apply the Tamise' flakes, which is not so easy on a vertical surface. I found the best way was to just pinch some flakes between my fingers, and press it onto the sizing. I filled in the design about 85%, then added some of the imitation gold leaf I used for the border. Here you see it in the unburnished state.
The homeowner dropped off some take out for me to take home for dinner!
I wanted her to have a little sneak peek of what it will look like, so I completed one small section and peeled off the masking film, so when she came home, she'd have a nice surprise.
This week, I thought I would focus on the job I am currently working on, 3 mirror panels. Here is what the mirrored wall looked like "before". It was mostly obscured by the shelving. The homeowner was thinking about removing the mirrors, but I suggested she remove the shelving instead and put a leafed pattern on the mirrors.
To begin, the homeowner removed the shelving, which made a huge difference! Then, I taped up my paper to get a sense of how the stencil I would use would line up. I also taped out a 1" border, which I will gild with imitation gold leaf. The stencil design will be done with Tamise' Fall Mix, which I purchased from Kathy Carroll over at Faux by Kathy.
I am using one of my new favorite stencils from Royal Design Studios, the Acanthus Trellis Wall Stencil, but traced it onto some masking film and cut out, for this particular project. I have 3 and an half panels of film to install. Here you can see I already have the border gold leafed and am about half way through the installation of the pattern.
I'm a little sidetracked by this large pumpkin full of candy corn!
Btw, this is what your pet does when you are not home.
This panel was created on canvas, adhered to the wall, and framed out with a stock framing from Home Depot.
It was done on canvas because it covers another stencil that I did years ago for this client. The homeowner did not want to do over the finish I had done previously in this two story foyer, but wanted to change things up a bit, so this was the solution.
Here's a closer look. The background is a soft glaze and the stencil is done using foils and stains. A little drop shadow was added to give dimension. The frame was painted and aged with stain. I did these a few years ago and I am not recognizing the stencil. I'm thinking I must have ordered a Modello for this project.
Next week we will be looking at mirors. Have a fun and safe weekend!
So sorry I missed my Friday post last week, but I have a note from my doctor. Actually, I really do. I’m new to wearing contacts, and have been struggling with trying to get them in, but mostly... out! My various methods of removal are less than effective. Last week, I really gouged my right eye in an attempt to free the lens that had been in my eye for 3 days. The contacts I use are dailies. After Day 3 of several unsuccessful attempts, I visited my eye doc only to be told there was no lens at all in my eye and that I had been pulling on my eyeball for some time, it must have come out unnoticed, and now I have a nice abrasion on my eyeball. I nearly passed out when I was told that and even now shudder at what I did. My eye is almost back to normal, but I’ve had to put drops in around the clock for the past few days. I hope I get the hang of this soon because once the lens are in, they are really comfortable! I’m giving my eyes a break for a bit, then going back for another lens training.
This week my posts will be all about creating faux panels on walls. I will start with these cracked plaster panels I did in a foyer. The background is a glazed, cracked plaster finish and the trompe l'oeil frame is done with metallic golds.
Here's a close up of the finish.
This shows the panel before the homeowner added anything. I did 2 identical panels on either side of an open doorway. One panel unfortunately has a thermostat and the other has a switch. The switch blends in fairly well, but the homeowner did not want the thermostat touched or moved. There is enough going on in this foyer that it still looks nice!
I love the current trend of not having the upper and lower cabinets match in color. It's a great way to breathe some new life into a tired kitchen, without breaking the bank, and without any construction.
I'm still working in the same kitchen I showed you last week, where I did a little stenciling on the soffit. As you can see, the cabinets are a light stained maple. The homeowner decided to make some changes to just the bottom cabinets, plus she added a new floor.
One of the great perks of doing cabinets is being able to do the doors and drawer fronts in my studio. There's a lot of drying time between coats, so while we have a few more warm days left, I can slip out and play a little golf while everything is drying.
Back to reality, and back to the kitchen. Here is a before and after shot:
Another smart addition to the cabinets was the beadboard on the end sides:
And... just when I thought this job was going so smoothly... I found I was missing two key pieces to one of the doors when I went to hang them. How does this happen?! Fortunately, I am able to order the pieces and they will be here shortly. Geesh!