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A Decoratively Finished Master Bedroom…

Today I wrapped up a yummy master bedroom project I’ve been working on…  until the room is put back together and all is in order the client  prefers I keep the photos more close-up.

From this-

to this-

Installing the ceiling modello, over troweled Silver Taupe Lusterstone-

Troweled several brown metallic plasters, randomly applied foil,  and highlighted with gold metallic paint.  When everything was dry the modello was removed-

Over 100  Swarovski crystals were applied… can’t wait to see these sparkle once the chandelier is back in place-

The trimwork was painted Setcoat black, two layers of Modern Masters Warm Silver, then Van Dyke Brown Stain and Seal glazed-

The appliques were highlighted with Pale Gold-

The walls were troweled with Lusterstone Silver Taupe and then a toning glaze (Warm Silver and Dark Brown) was applied-

The overall color is very subtle and shimmery-

I can’t wait to see how the room looks once the furnishings and accessories are in place – if I get the approval, I will be sure to share 🙂


Working On A Ceiling And I Hit A Snag…

When I worked up this ceiling bid I realized that it would be a little tight troweling the metallic plaster under the trim sections –

but I didn’t realize that it would be so tight a reach.   First I thought my bitty trowel would clear but it didn’t.   Then I tried my largest trowel with the tallest blade – I tried to work under the trim using the top half of the trowel – that didn’t work either.

So I improvised and used my blade and a plastic scraper-

gotta do what you can do… it worked like a charm-

Almost done troweling-

Glazing to add richness-

Step by step by step…  applying the metallic base to the trim so it can be glazed-

The modello install is next, I am praying for NO SNAGS!

Swarovski Crystals Revisited – Decorative Finishes…

I’ve posted several times about those yummy sparkly Swarovski Flatback 2028 Crystals-  the wonderful selection, the cool color chart, and my then favorite place to shop online, DanceShopper-

This past month I was working on sample finishes for a master bedroom  (I posted about it here).    Swarovski Crystals were needed- both Silver Shade and Black Diamond color.  The client checked out  my crystal color chart (ABOVE) that I’d purchased awhile ago from Danceshopper, and loved the idea of using crystals on the ceiling.   Take a look at this huge chart online- Danceshopper Crystal Flatback Chart.    You  can still order the  hard copy chart  for  $19.95 – I love mine.

I needed several sizes of each color –  I priced them at Danceshopper.  I also priced them at Rhinestoneshop.com, where I found an awesome selection and at really affordable rates ( its mostly because the quantity is less, which works perfectly for smaller projects like this one I’m working on ).  They offer a crystal chart as well –  Rhinestoneshop Crystal Flatback Chart, for $30.

Heres what I found –

Black Diamond size 40ss         Danceshopper    not offered             Rhinestoneshop    12  pc   $6.99

Black Diamond size  34ss        Danceshopper   144 pc   $22.50     Rhinestoneshop    18 pc   $4.75

Black Diamond size 20ss         Danceshopper  1440 pc  $76.50    Rhinestoneshop    72 pc   $6.25

Silver Shade 34ss                       Danceshopper  144 pc   $27.75       Rhinestoneshop   18 pc   $5.75

Silver Shade 20ss                       Danceshopper  1440pc   $94.75     Rhinestoneshop   72pc   $8.00

I ended up ordering from Rhinestoneshop.  We are incorporating these crystals into a 4’x7′  Modello ceiling design,  and the smaller quantities that Rhinestoneshop offers is very appealing.

I use the E-6000 glue for applying the stones, and Rhinestoneshop offered all varieties of glue sizes – I ordered the 10 tubes (0.18oz ea) for $15.00.  The E-6000 works great, but it’s almost impossible to keep the tube clean for next use… .good luck getting it open.  So, figured the individual .18oz size tubes are perfect!

I also picked up a couple ‘Rhinestone Perfect Positioner’ tools –

They were only $1.50 each, and I figured ANYTHING new is worth trying once – especially if you’ve ever hand applied the flatback crystals – it is           S   L    ooooooo W   going!   The tip is like those gooey rubber hands that your kids arrive home from the carnival with,  that make permanent marks on your walls?  🙂

Anyway,  I thought I’d share…. Rhinestoneshop has free shipping most of the time, and no sales tax if out of state.    And the ship speed was incredible.  I got my package from Arizona to Michigan in record time.  Rhinestoneshop is now my new favorite!

A Romantic Master Bedroom – Metallic Plaster, Modello and Crystals

I am about to burst with excitement as I have been commissioned to create

the M O S T   B E A U T I F U L L Y   R O M A N T I C Master Bedroom!

Is it bad luck to say ahead of time that it is going to be smokin-hot?

I’ll set the scene.   Fabrics in my favorite shades-

The wall finish –  beautiful troweled and glazed Lusterstone Metallic Plaster finish using Silver Taupe –

Then it gets even better….  there is this pan ceiling –

they are adding some decorative inlays on the trim, and then all that trim outlining the pan ceiling will be finished in an aged Warm Silver Metallic finish.  The inner pan ceiling will also be troweled in the metallic plaster, and then we are going to apply this modello pattern –

OrnCen162 Modello Designs

and finish it using Lusterstone Cocoa Chocolate, Lusterstone Espresso, Contessa Silver Decorative Foil,  and some Modern Masters Gold.   The cherry on top will be these Swarovski Crystals  –

First the wall finish was chosen (a troweled metallic plaster) and the color had to be tweeked.   One metallic glazed trim sample that I had worked right from the start-

The clients wanted to do something with the pan ceiling –  I showed a few examples of Modellos used in ceiling designs.    I also showed several photos of darker ceiling finishes, like this one –

They fell in love with a modello design, one created by Susan Bickford of Singing Walls in Nashville-

Originally, the idea was to base the pan ceiling with the same metallic plaster finish as the walls,  then go with the rich brown metallic plaster as the center modello, then dress the modello border pattern in metallics.

I gathered several metallic plaster  BROWNS – Lusterstone Espresso, Lusterstone Cocoa Chocolate, Shimmersuede Brown Velvet and Shimmersuede Black Walnut  next to a sample board of Lusterstone Silver Taupe-

I ordered a variety of metallic bling from Chicago (Faux by Kathy) –

Spring Mix Tamise Leaf-

Several Decorative Patterned Leaf-

and some yummy new patterned foils –

I pulled out a few Modello Motifs that I had in inventory, and started creating several visuals for the clients.

This was the first modello I used-

To mimic the the two-part Modello overlay look that the clients liked, I traced the shape of the modello onto its backing paper,  then peeled the back, cut the shape out, and taped it off on the sample board –

Then removed the paper and troweled Brown Suede Shimmersuede  (the background is the Glazed Silver Taupe)-

then used some leaf, foil and tamise inside the modello pattern-

Here it is next to the fabrics, and the decorative trim sample that will be used on the pan ceiling outer trim-

It didn’t do much for me.  The shade of brown was ‘off’ and the pattern was too  gold….  On to the next one.

Again, started with the wall finish as the background, then trowed on Lusterstone Espresso-

then another modello, blinged out using a mix of silver and gold foils, tamise, and some decorative leaf-

Liked it better than the first, but I was still unsettled.    The idea was to have a random finish of metals, leaf etc happening through the whole modello scroll design –  but,  I had to limit it more to a warmer silver,  with some muted gold as GOLD didn’t really play a part in the room design.    At the same time,  I saw the dark brown metallic plasters working with all those fabric choices, but …….

Then I had a thought.  They LOVED that modello design.  THAT was what we needed to focus on.  How about if I used the wall finish on the ceiling (the glazed Metallic plaster Silver Taupe), and then instead of having an inside fill color, we just went straight to the decorative modello pattern,  and troweled that in the brown plaster?

I  troweled both the Lusterstone Cocoa and Espresso into the pattern,  and then when it dried I used several decorative foils (the Contesssa Silver is awesome) randomly over the pattern, and then over that, just here and there, rubbed in some muted gold-

I instantly felt love.  THAT was what I was looking for –  the brown, rich against the softer backdrop, then dressed up with subtle metallic pizazz….

The clients LOVED it!

This one shows a few Swarovski Crystals attached –

but those were the Crystal color, we will be using Black Diamond and Silver Shade

Look for an update in the next few weeks…. this one is going to be fun!