I’ve tracked progress of this one, along the way. To refresh, here was the backsplash-
Here’s the chosen sample, an RS Wax finish (how it was created can be found here)
This was a cool finish to do. It was very labor intensive - 6 or 7 layers - but the completed finish and custom look was well worth the effort. The wife had the vision, the husband was a little unsure, but LOVED it when I was done. The laying on of product, each layer, went quickly, but the RS Wax requires buffing, and that did NOT go quick. This was the perfect site for this type finish – I was also working on the lower level walls and columns, so it was easy to go back and forth, in between drying stages, and finish the next layer of the backsplash.
Working on buffing out a layer of wax. you can see the unbuffed part is still cloudy. (yes that’s my palm sander – with NO sand paper – just the velcro bottom!)
Heres the finished backsplash -
Isn’t it fun?
I love it darker -
The rest of the walls were troweled in a soft metallic plaster (Shimmersuede) , and then a slightly activated RS Glaze was troweled over that. The columns took forever -
Glazing over one troweled layer of metallic plaster offers a lovely finish. It really adds dimension, and what I like is that it takes away that allover ’glean’ that often appears with troweled metallic plaster finishes. I prefer to use the RS Glaze, but if you have not trained with the Faux Effects RS line, then you can’t buy it. Instead, maybe try your favorite glaze (on a sample first!)
One last note, if you plan on using Shimmersuede, make certain you clean your trowel while it’s still wet, and keep coarse green scrubbies in your bucket. This stuff it tough to get off your blade, even as soon as a minute or two after you’ve used it.