|A close up showing the faux stone. I didn't tape the wall, as wallpaper will be installed against the "stone", and bleeding the paint helps the paper hanger get a better looking edge.|
As promised last week, here's the rest of the story of the doorway to Italy. I love it when a job goes exactly as planned, especially when we made major changes midway through, dropping the iron gate, and creating the dimensional stone surround. The biggest challenge was getting the stones to match the darkest tile colors, and also play nice with the darkest tone in the wallpaper. I glazed them to match the stone first, then came back over with a hint of a slightly greener brown, rubbed in here and there. The difference wouldn't be spotted in a dye lot of cultured stone, but it creates an imperceptible bridge between the apricot tan of the wall tile and the burlap tan of the wallpaper.
|The stone, made from roughly trowelled joint compound, is base coated, then glazed with artist acrylics thinned with glaze.|
|Care to go for a stroll across Italy?|
When I'm not struggling with bookazine pages, I do still paint murals like these, for people like you. More ideas, and how to hire me at theartofthehome.com.
DIY questions? Ask in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.