I got the idea to do the tapestry because I'm cheap. The previous owners had left a huge space in that wall where they hid a TV. They'd covered it with a mirror on hinges, but the mirror was so high on the wall that…"
"OMG Richard that is fantastic work! You obviously have many more skills than I have. The tapestry is awesome; how did you get the idea to do it that way? The wall treatment is beautiful too. What is the acrylic coating you…"
"I agree with Andy on this, but acknowledge that we might be in the minority. First, I distrust all 'rules' about house decor (vs. fixing house systems and making it safe and long-lasting). The only rule I think anyone should follow with…"
"I've finally finished this project, and am posting pictures, in no small part because you asked me to, Jill.
I ended up coating the faux plaster with an acrylic coating which is rubbed on and has almost no sheen whatsoever. I designed the…"
"Bill and Jill -
Thanks for the suggestions. As to painting over it, one of the reasons it looks so good right now is that the tinted plaster/basecoat is over a light painted surface, so if I put paint over that, I lose the effect of the paint…"
"Hi Richard,I'm so glad your project is working out. If you really think it needs to be sealed, you could apply an acrylic matte glaze/varnish over it; I was in the art supply store last week and there are some good brands to choose from.…"
"Jill -Thanks for all the advice so far. I've done the walls with the dimensional basecoat and it looks great. Turned out I had the best luck with troweling it on, then stippling with a cheap sea sponge roller, and then after some…"
The wait time totally depends on the humidity in the room on that day! If you applied it with the sponge roller as per the directions, you can experiment in an unobtrusive area to see if it knocks down to a pleasing texture.…"
I've finally got the room almost ready to paint. Kids, life, other projects, more unpleasant surprises in the walls, all of these have slowed me down. But I bought a bunch of that SW dimensional basecoat and am experimenting…"
"I would skim coat the torn spots just as you would with any drywall repair. Else, those areas may show up when you do paint/texture over them.
My walls had panel glued to it with liquid nails. What a mess. That stuff was like concrete and was all…"
I thought we'd see pix of your finished rooms by now, what's the hold up? lol only kidding!
The finished base coat (with the SW Faux Impressions) is smooth and buttery. Not rough or gritty. There is a certain grainy…"
Check with your local paint store. There are different applications. The thicker stuff provides a plastered, stucco like look. What you may want is a thinner paint that you add a grit to to give you the expected outcome. You go with a fine…"
I realized that I had one more question, and that's about the texture of the finished base coat. What's it like? Sandpaper? smooth plaster? Something else? What I'm hoping to do is end up with a…"
"We have used a whole house fan that vents into the attic with vents placed in the roof numerous places. It works great
but we are in Colorado where it really cools off at night. Still if you keep the heat out of the house during the day…"