I got an email from a fellow craftier, asking about the wood finish in this bathroom
… I wanted to show you this Rustic Bath and see what you think. Some cool pics on this blog if you have not seen it. Any thoughts on the distressed blues and greens would be HUGE!
I would love to do the bead board in my bath in something like it..
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a room in the house with those big wide planks of distressed wood embracing the walls? I’d have to get rid of the photo of great great great grandpa though 🙂
That particular day I had all kinds of emails to respond to, posts to create – and what did I do instead?
played with paint…
I figured I’d need these colors of Caromal Textured Basecoats – my favorite paints that require no priming or sanding or stripping beforehand –
you don’t need but a drop of tint – I take a swab of Bayberry and Colonial Blue onto the foam plate and finger mix the two, then add a drop of tint to the Colonial Blue
here’s the first palette I created, getting a feel for how the Phthalo Blue changed up my colors –
- top spot is Wisteria with BARELY a touch of blue tint
- on left a mix of Bayberry and Colonial Blue with a drop of tint added to it
- middle, a mix of Bayberry and Colonial Blue
- right, a Wisteria with a drop of blue tint
I took an old piece of stained trim and chip brushed on straight Colonial Blue
The important thing to remember is, there are no rules – there is no right or wrong – you can”t really mess it up! I brushed, I smooshed, I lightly dragged – with no real plan in mind….. Working on a small piece like this is a perfect way to get a feel for how I’d want to layer my color, say if I was planning on finishing an armoire or plank boards –
and dragged that on… when all was said and done, I’d wished I’d added more light –
then I let it dry.
I took my palm sander to it, to rough up some edges – the sanding also knocks down some higher texture and creates awesome dimension –
I angled the nose in good to really get some gouging going on –
ooh – I even like this , could have just left it dull and raw for one look
but I have a personal love affair with the Toner, and it was needed to get a look close to Chris’s photo, so on went the Toner
even another look, dark and dirty – but no, I want more off
swish swish swish
closer up, love how that toner bites into those raw spots
Love the dimensional texture – does that not look like layers of previous life?
Can you see a piece of furniture done this way? I think I may have to try this when I refinish my old dining room set – want to do it in blacks and browns and some putty…
It’s not a perfect match, but what it IS is the way to get to this in one layer of paint-
Wasn’t that fun? I did this that way too, just different Caromal Colour colors, and will be posting the play by play next
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