Okay, so furniture is not the only thing I have been painting over the years. I’ve painted light fixtures, lamps, candle sticks, vases, of course, picture frames, and walls too of course, just to name some of the things that I’ve laid a brush loaded with paint onto. Short of just painting walls right out of the can by rolling or brushing it on, I have enjoyed creating faux finished surfaces, which has included marbleizing, wall washes, crackling, rag rolling, sponging, and even using a crumpled grocery bag to dab paint on, among other techniques. I wanted to share with you into todays post our renovated basement and the painted wall surfaces that I created for it. My husband is a huge Alabama fan and my daughter attends the University of Alabama, so even though my alma mater is Mississippi State University we went with a Bama theme for the media room; and we do live in Alabama. 😉
For the walls in this space I created a faux suede finish using a Ralph Lauren Paint in Adobe. The tools needed were a 9-inch roller with a thick nap, a 4-inch roller with a thick nap, and a 3-inch poly trim brush. You can either use a low tack painters tape to tape off trim or a straight edge to prevent getting paint on your trim. After painting with the 3-inch brush around all of your trim and going over it with a 4-inch roller, you can paint you first coat onto your walls using the 9-inch roller loaded with paint and applying it in a random, overlapping “V” pattern. Once the first coat is fully dry, you can begin your second coat; for your second coat, you will use the 3-inch brush and create a random, overlapping “X” pattern with 4-5 inch strokes. And wah lah, a faux suede finish for your walls.
|The chocolate brown trim really sets off the color and texture of these walls.|
|I chose plywood with a fine grain for the subtle affect that I wanted to achieve with the wash and it is somewhat difficult to see and fully appreciate in this photo.|
In the pub room, I simply chose a rich red and painted the bead board below the bar where it was applied. The rest of the room had been paneled, so instead of replacing it, we added a chair rail and painted a warm grey above the wainscoting and I upholstered wood panels with a green faux leather below, finishing with large upholstery tacks to complete the upholstered look.