|Mid and upper walls are a velvet finish done with a Woolie tool. The base is a troweled plaster marble. The accent band of cast bronze is actually stencilled joint compound with a metallic glaze.|
|The new sconce lighting and artwork haven't arrived yet, but there's lots to see already.|
Okay, I just spent the last couple of weeks completely transforming the walls of the Fireside Room at the Minnetonka Country Club, just west of Minneapolis, in Excelsior, Minnesota.
|I just can't get enough of playing in the mud! More uses for joint compound: faux marble, and faux cast bronze.|
They got the room primed before I had a chance to get a "before" shot, but picture that '80s classic combination of teal and mauve, with brick painted to match hunter green wallpaper, and a floral wallpaper border heavy on the pink cabbage roses. It was lovely in it's day, but the effect was always dark, and somewhat at odds with the architecture of the space, which I believe was built in the 1970's, but could lean toward the Arts and Crafts era, without too big a nudge.
|To minimize the very maxi-sized radiators, I took the finish right down across them. Even though the latex paint increases the durability, you still have to topcoat this finish with two coats of Polycrylic.|
We started with a basic plan and color scheme for the space, but they kindly (bravely?) let me do my thing, which involves letting the design evolve one element at a time. Paint and plaster are so spectacularly flexible that we were able to tweak and tint and rethink each part, to get a result that should be pretty timeless. A room design is rarely meant to last forever, but this one is classic enough, and relates well enough to the architecture of the space to hold up for a good long while.
The one "before" picture I managed to get was the fireplace, which featured more of the green-painted brick that I covered up elsewhere in the room. Although I didn't work on it, the fireplace underwent a transformation at the same time. Mike Thompson, who happens to moonlight as one of their bartenders, is a remodeling contractor specializing in tile. He did a beautiful job of precision fitting the irregular stone tiles, and incorporating slate and ceramic tiles into the design. You can check out his website mikethompsonconstructioninc.com. I've only worked with him this one time, but management told me that the club members he has worked for have all been well pleased.
|Fireplace "Before". There are no words...|
|Way much better! The photo doesn't really do it justice. Seen in the scope of the room, it now creates a warm, inviting corner, and the fire isn't even installed, yet.|
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