This master bath ceiling project was fun from the beginning. The client was looking for finish samples that were colorful and textural the safe neutrals got passed over quickly.
She picked this finish, bottom left
for this master bath ceiling
The sample needed less green, and more brown and red, so I created a new one (on the right) which got us on target
I started by troweling two colors of lusterstone metallic plaster, and created textural fossils as I went along
The next layer involved troweling RS Wax tinted with a custom brick-red color
and some RS Wax tinted with several metallic mica powders
I know, it makes no sense now… Think of it like this, all the colors that are buried in these crooks and crevices
are all colors being troweled on INSIDE a wax medium – buried, layered….
and then REVEALED by buffing the wax. Huh? Buffing?
Yes, the absolute, hands down, WORST part of this finish – BUFFING THE LAYERS OF WAX! (Can we play neeeee neeeeeee neeeeee music – the kind they play in creeper movies where the girl in the shower is soon to get slashed?)
See, below, how the lower part of the photo is starting to lose its milkiness? That part is buffed
I found, through trial and error, that my palm sander’s velcro bottom worked best to power-buff the finish. Working on a ceiling I NEEDED all the power I could get
Seriously? Yup, I took a photo of myself grueling overhead – so I’d remember the pain 🙂
I finished buffing, only to start over and trowel more RS Wax, this time tinted with an Antique Mahogany, over the whole ceiling
Looks familiar right?
Logistically, it was a tough reach getting the section over the tub – I had to stand on the ‘do not stand on this ledge’ part of the ladder and still could barely reach
Don’t mind that warm silver glazed finish on the tub above – that will be in a different post.
Notice the palm sander is different? I was overheating the other one so had to stop and make a Home Depot run
At this point , I am asking myself WHY I even allowed this to happen… was I a fool? Layers of buffing overhead? At the same time, I was loving the anticipation – I could see the finish evolving…
Yes, one last layer of RS Wax, this time tinted with black
One thing about this finish – you have to trust your knowledge and instinct of the application, because you don’t know what you really get until the end.
The last BUFF
My arm grew
Silly me, palm sanders are for distressing cabinets!
A custom piece of artwork – perfect for this client!