|Before: mint green cinder block wall.|
|After: Cheatie faux stone wall.|
|Left-overs and free "oops" paint kept this project on budget, and using them up on friends' projects keeps my storage room from overflowing.|
|Cindy Faus Heimerl, wedding officiant, barn owner, artist, aging-parent companion extraordinaire, and general laborer. The woman does it all with a smile!|
I started the tan base coat while Cindy finished the primer, then while she ran for lunch, I tested the glaze, which was really full strength dark brown paint, smeared into the grooves, then scumbled out with a damp rag. Quick, easy drama, but it needed a little more depth, so I grabbed some left over ivory paint and thinned it a bit. Using a Woolie tool lightly dipped in this white, I was able to pat highlights on very precisely, then blotted them slightly with the damp rag, to settle them into the shading. A sponge would do the same, but the Woolie can give you sharp edges, saving lots of time
|Yup, that's me, in my usual fashionable attire, and my usual "If I don't look at the wall behind me, I won't have to think about how long this is gonna take me" trepidation showing clearly on my face.|
|Concrete block turned into a warmer faux stone. If you have time to spend, chips and angles can be shaded in, giving a completely realistic effect.|
|Simon the Supervisor, and guardian of all things edible.|
Luckily, we had Simon to supervise us, some good music to listen to, and family stories we hadn't yet shared, so it was a pleasant way to spend a rainy morning, and a long afternoon. Okay, a reeeeaaaaallly long afternoon, as we kept going until about 9:30p.m. We didn't finish, but the base coat is pretty much complete, and the top glaze is nigh on half done, so it will be ready in plenty of time for the open house.
What? Yes, you can come see it in person! Okay, maybe you folks in Belgium and Ireland and South Africa and Moldova (and all those other countries about 7 timezones away) will think it a bit far to travel for an afternoon of entertainment in a barn (with chandeliers), but anyone in the Twin Cities area will want to come...
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