Recently I announced that Staci Belew of Artisan Enhancements and I challenged each other to a DIY Furniture Finish Challenge, featuring AE products. We were both inspired by the Stucco Italiano wall finish photo at left that Staci discovered.
I decided to recreate it on a small piece in our hallway, and eventually, Staci will introduce her version on a focus wall later. We have not compared notes on how we approached which products to use, colors, textures, or layering. So it will be exciting to see Staci’s version too.
First, when I find an inspiration piece or photo and decide to interpret it, that doesn’t mean I aspire to match it. To me, it means, textures, colors, patterns and more, translated to my project and the environment that I want to use it within. Recreating a wall finish on my small piece means using smaller tool strokes, and creating areas of interest here and there.
So, that said, here she is!
I really like that this piece has a new personality that is enhanced by my bright foil artwork in the hallway.
So, ready to find out how I did it?
VP Antico, Sand Stone, Clear Topcoat Finish, paintbrush
Duck Egg Blue, Aubusson, Florence, Olive, Coco
Also, a flexible trowel, paint brushes, towels, tin foil or a palette, low tack tape, container, small roller
BASECOAT & PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE PIECE
My cute little box-on-a-stand has been finished several times, like many in our home. This one stays in our really long hallway, and I change it according mood and what else I move around in there. I kept the previous silver foil on the legs.
Paint one coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg to create a soft background. Let dry.
MIX PEARL PLASTER WITH FLORENCE
I mixed two tablespoons of Florence in a cup of VP Antico. Once thing I learned that after it dries, the mix is lighter than what I mixed. I put some material on tin foil and mixed even more with the trowel.
Then troweled on a thin layer, missing lots of places so the Duck Egg would show.
For the second layer I added 3 more tablespoons of Florence and 2 of Olive to green up the color.
Then troweled again, skipping lots of areas.
To add a crunchy layer, I mixed some Coco into Fine Stone.
Then rolled it on with a tiny roller, skipping spots.
At this point I made a wash of Aubusson and painted it on in some areas. Then I troweled on another layer of the Florence/Olive/VP Antico mix. When dry, I decided to paint on a coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to protect the finish and give it a bit of sheen to work with the foil artwork, the silver hardware I added, and the silver leaf legs.
Can you see how deciding what layer to add totally affects the outcome? The Aubusson wash in areas works to accentuate some of the top mix of VP Antico.
Don’t be daunted by giving this kind of technique a try. Knowing that you can intermix Artisan Enhancements products with each other, and Chalk Paint® means that you now have zillions of new options for furniture finishes. In the case, a bit on the artsy side, right?
Choosing the best piece is also important to the end result. With all of the texture going on here, a tabletop or piece with simple lines is perfect. Or even the panels of cabinet doors.
I can even see this finish as canvas art, similar to a prior piece I created with Artisan Enhancements.
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