French Provincial Furniture

Swedish Painting

chest1Wisteria2My Friend Nancy and I were discussing this designer photo, in – particular the lamps they feature on the sideboard. She is a faux painter herself, and has taught me some excellent tricks of the trade when it comes to producing superior paint finishes. The lamps to me look like rusted metal or a concrete of some sort. I am interested if there are any other faux artists out there that would lend a few wise words how they would approch this paint finish. Please leave some comments at the end of the post.


Here is what I would do. (Try this finish first on a discardable lamp than on the ones you spend a lot of money on)

The lamps would need a good primer first.

What I have used in the past to create texture is nail filler. I have used the premade wall nail filler in the past from Home Depot for some art work, and it worked out sensational.

What you could do –is trowel it on to your lamps. After you have it on, and it is fairly smooth following the lines of the lamp is – lightly create some dents into the filler and then smooth it over again. It looks to me, like the lamps themselves are pretty smooth, but they do have a concrete look to them. Not like a sandy concrete, but a roughness look to them. So in other words I would make them fairly smooth with a few interesting pits, or small interest points.

Let it sit over night

Next, It looks like the bottom coat is like a metal that has rusted.

I would go with TaKahe-TH37 Ralph Lauren for that base coat. I have used this color plenty of times as a rust color, and it works really well.

Let it dry.

What I would do next is trowel on the cream colored that is shown on the top. You have to have some sort of grit, (but not to sandy)

You could use a bit of plaster of Paris with your paint. I would use a scraper to apply it on. So you would want do mix up a little at a time, not being runny, but more of a peanut butter like texture. This way you still get a bit of your rust color showing.

Let it dry.

The top color you could use
HaystackVM85 Ralph Lauren, or Cobblestone-UL39…

After that, I would imagine you can sand it slightly. It would reveal even more of the darker rust areas

Also you could apply some sort of a glaze, because you would have a lot of pits. May be a tea colored glaze…??

Any Faux artists willing to share some wise wisdom?

Wisteria- Swedish Gray with a White overcoat

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