Add a Little Interest

When we bought our home, the first thing I did was paint.  We bought in the Spring but didn't move in until the Fall.  All the woodwork was very dark and I spent the entire summer painting, painting, painting it all white.  I enjoy painting.  I know a lot of people don't but I find it very soothing and as I paint I find myself in deep thought.  Anyway....   :)...... this house doesn't have a whole lot of architectural interest so I decided to add my own.  The front foyer is two stories with an open staircase and this is where I took advantage of a blank wall and tried a faux finish.  Over the years, many people have actually thought it was real.  I am not a painter so if I can do it, you can too.  I wish I had the different steps to show you but this was done before I knew what blogging and digital cameras were. :)

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. 

I am linking up with these fine blogs and their parties this week.  Hope you can visit them and I hope you have a fabulous week. xoxo

Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, I don't see holes in the wall so you are making progress! The faux block wall looks great and I love the rose painting. We had our own garage sale on Sunday. For a good laugh check out my recent post.

Richard Cottrell said...

Love the faux stone, you did great. What a lot of work. I marbled the base board up my stairs and it took for ever. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That faux stone wall is amazing. I don't have the patience to do that.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the technique you used! It looks great! I really don't like to paint...I did before we could afford to hire someone and I was very sloppy. Oh well, true confessions!!


trash talk said...

While I love to paint (kinda like ironing and being able to see instant results) I don't think I'd have your patience to undertake this. I'm afraid I'd be like Humpty Dumpty and take a great fall! It's absolutely beautiful!
P.S. I'm also digging the plastic covers on everthing. That may be a new way for me to reduce my dusting chores. What do you think?

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Painting the faux bricks must have taken you a month of Sundays! They do look real!


My Country Heaven Cottage said...

I LOVE it!!!! I may have to try my hand at that. I kind of did something like that to my Master Bedroom & Bath. Only I did a sand stone cottage look. If you want you can go to this link & view my attempt at painting rocks. LOL!


NanaDiana said...

I like to paint too! It is one of the times when I don't have to be "on edge" with my thinking and can just let thoughts free roam-lol Your wall is impressive. I know what a lot of work that must have been. GREAT job! xo Diana

Karen said...

That wall is amazing, I would love to do something like that.Love that painting as well.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ah your whole house is beautiful. I love it, it looks like it's out of House and Garden yet it's very comfortable.
Hope all the work is finished soon. (())

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The wall looks fabulous and real!!!
Love it!

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Absolutely amazing... It looks like a wall from an old castle! I love stone. I actually have stone walls, but previous owners covered them all. I plan to uncover some of it one day: there's a light at the end of the tunnel; I'll trust you on that!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Lynn it looks wonderful! Thanks for the step by step, you've made it sound easy!
Happy Painting!!

Town and Country Gals said...

Your stone wall is amazing! I sure like the results of painting but not so much the doing! The pansy painting is gorgeous! Also love your found treasures, to cool!
Looks like you got a lot going on, can't wait to see the results!

Sandi said...

Wow wonderful job Lynn!! I would love to try this...someday! :) Lovely blog that I hope to get to look more at soon!

Just to let you know that what I mean by a *rose start*. My old fashioned roses have little shoots along the outside of the large bush that pop up and start growing so I just dig them up and stick them somewhere else. I am not sure if fairy roses do that or not. I have some fairy roses too. I will have to check that out.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh I love everything! I love all your beautiful items in your Etsy shop!!!

She Uses Her Words said...

What an awesome job on the block wall! It looks beautiful! You were very daring to try it. I'm still working up to texturing one of the bathroom's walls!
xo, Karen

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love what you did with the walls. It adds so much character. Thanks for the compliment on my gesso treatment. I think it would look great with your decor. I'm your newest follower.

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Those blocks are amazing, looks so real, Celeste,victoriantailor.com

Pamela said...

So pretty! Can you come and do mine next!?;)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Your wall looks fantastic! I wanted to paint something similar to this in the play area of our unfinished basement. I am going to save this. Thanks so much for sharing! I love all of your vintage finds, especially the scoop. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I am a new follower. p.s. Would love to see pics of that house for chicks!

At The Picket Fence said...

Your faux stone wall is amazing!! I think you did an incredible job and can see why people would assume it is real. Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday this week!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Too windy to go to the beach; too hot to do home work; better surf the Net... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is waiting for you in Corsica... Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

romance-of-roses said...

This wall is fantastic, so professionally done, it's gorgeous. I also enjoy painting and painted the entire inside of our home all by myself. My husband had a stroke and this was my therapy, it worked.

Michella Marie said...

WOW!! Your home is amazing!! I love the faux stone wall!! Great job!!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! You're a lucky lady to have a husband that loves to hunt with you :)) Mine likes the outcome but not the process, lol!!

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