Category Archives: Ceilings

Silver Leafed Dome,Crown and Metallics For A Dream Client…

Starting point – lovely foyer entry, and a long hallway leading into a fabulous city living space

Great art, waiting to be showcased…

The transformation begins…

All the walls will receive a custom silver metallic base –

The foyer crown, door and dome are base painted black

Size was applied to the trim work so the leaf would adhere…

Working over head leaves you with a serious neck ache!

That leaf goes E V E R Y W H E R E… I think the client was glad when we got to this point, and we could do a final sweep to get those little fly-aways all cleaned up…

Closer up – still needs to be antiqued…  in this picture you can see the white trim  around the entrance door- we decided that needed to go black as well …

Here the silver leafing is complete, and the walls are starting to get their metallic base –

door trim black

The foyer and hallway walls all received two coats of the metallic base – and then we left it alone, since the color and look was a perfect backdrop for the art

Not so easy to see here, but I also tweeked the chandelier finish which originally was like a soap stone…

Isn’t this just glamorous?

The kitchen and main living area had the custom silver as its basecoat, and then a soft glaze and textural finish over top to warm it up

This was one job I was sad to have come to an end –  I miss the owner, and the big fat cat and the dark slinky cat and the sassy-frass-fraidy-cat cat!

If you live in the Metro Detroit area and are in the market to dress your walls, trimwork or furniture, stop by my showroom for loads of eye candy (and real candy too 🙂  )  You can find me at

Fabulous Finishes

49972 Van Dyke Rd

Shelby Twp, Mi 48317



Love This Silver Leaf Ceiling…

Compliments of Material Girl Blog

check her post out, it has some pretty lovely rooms!

Focal Painting Part I Complete….

Powder Room Ceiling-

Troweled Espresso and Cocoa Lusterstones-

Second Layer, troweled a mix of Shimmer Suede Pewter, and Lusterstones Espresso, Brown Suede and Antique Parchment, wet into  wet-   all together… let it sit a bit then knocked it all down –

I love troweling colors of Lusterstone together –

Scroll back up and look at the difference from the original ceiling –

Y U M M Y !!!

One Of My Favorite Ceilings, Finished…

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.

More buffing

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

Almost there….

My arm grew

Silly me, palm sanders are for distressing cabinets!

Worth it!

A custom piece of artwork  – perfect for this client!