I did a stone block wall finish on the staircase wall. First, priming the wall with a coat or two of off white paint. Use a pencil and ruler to mark off squares that suggest stone blocks. They can be any size appropriate for your surroundings, but 8" x 16" is the standard for real blocks. To add a warm undertone to the wall, apply a limestone-colored wash of latex paints. Taupe and yellow work well. Thin the wash to a thick soup consistency. Brush it freely in all directions and rub it into the surface with a cloth. Don't strive for perfection or a carefully painted finish here. Use three shades for shadowing: a dark shade (maybe taupe), a medium (off-white) and a white for highlighting. Mix these with water for a watercolor consistency. To make light appear to come from one side, stipple the colors onto the wall in the following manner: the darker color on the left, the medium in the middle, and the light on the right side.
Thin a mixture of creamy taupe and white with a little water. Using a brush with long bristles, paint the mixture over the pencil lines. The lines should show through to create the look of shadows between the blocks. You can use an overglaze of a color like raw umber or raw sienna to add texture and age to the look of your wall. You can also use grays, antique greens and/or soft blacks in your work........whatever pleases you. I also added some "cracks" for the look of old too. You could even add some withered leaves to your work. :)
I hope this gives you a little inspiration and you might try this technique. Remember...there is no right or wrong...just whatever you like.
Work still continues on the house and even though this photo doesn't look like it....there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Yay!
And finally just wanted to show you some of the latest additions to
The Vintage Nest shop. It's really funny how some days it seems I find all whites, then another day I might find all pink roses. This past weekend on my "hunts" I was thrilled to find a stash of farmhouse chic.....big old grain scoop, antique sifter, fabulous numbered wood shoe forms....oh and some weathered old opera glasses. Urban farmhouse is so hot right now.....rust plus fabulous old weathered patina equals anthro and urban chic.
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