Early on in my painting career I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to paint in the Wadsworth Mansion in Connecticut. This prestigious estate has been around since 1900 and the Town of Middletown decided to renovate it in 1999. It was then that I was given a call by the architect to work on the First floor bar and the second floor hallway. This project was one I would remember as one of my favorites. In this “how to” I would like to share with you the technique used for the bar.
Roller Handle and Tray
Sponge (for pigment)
Step 1: Roll out base color of choice onto Lincrusta Wallpaper and let dry. In this case I used Sherwin Williams 6102 Portabello.
Step 2: Using your Brown Oxide pigment and pouring it into a bowl/plate with water, use the sponge to cover the entire surface with the pigment. Make sure that the pigment covers even the deep crevices. Note that the amount of water to pigment is of your choice and different amounts will create a different consistency altering the look. My consistency is pretty thick in this case. Then let dry.
Step 3: Once dry you can add the gold paint. In this process we will be using a bright gold from Crescent Bronze and applying it with a brush. Dipping the brush in the gold and then off loading it on the plate will give us an even distribution of the paint on the brush and allow us to apply it providing the best possible coverage. Using the brush we try and just graze the raised portion of the wallpaper highlighting these sections with gold. It is important to try and hit just the raised portions and not the relief, this can be done by the amount of pressure you have on the brush.
Step 4: Once you have completed adding the gold you can let it dry and add the varnish. This is my favorite step. I think this step really marries all the steps together completing the overall look. So using a roller you can add the satin varnish. Once this is dry you have a beautiful final product!