Another Metallic Plaster Technique

Here’s another metallic plaster technique that I have yet to execute on a wall but it sure looks nice. It’s the kind of decorative faux finish that would look great in a dining room above a chair rail molding or perhaps done in panels against a coordinating background color.

We will again be using LusterStone manufactured by Faux Effects and available in the San Diego area by contacting Faux Masters in Yorba Linda California. This sample board also uses a stencil available through Royal Design Studio in San Diego California. I used a large damask pattern but you could easily change stencil motifs to suit your needs.

Here are the step by step instructions I used to create this decorative faux finish.

As with most metallic media, the darker the base coat color you begin with the better and more vivid your metallic top coat color will appear. I typically use black as a base coat color when working with metallic paints, glazes or even plaster. For this decorative finish, however, I used a deep brown base coat color in an eggshell sheen. I rolled on two coats of the brown color being careful not to leave distinct lap lines. This metallic plaster will be sheer and the brown will peek through in areas, so you will want to make sure the base color as even as possible.

Once the base coat color is dry, I took my LusterStone, in the Jade green color that it comes in, and thinned it with about 30 percent water. What you need is a consistency thin enough for you to roll on the LusterStone over your brown base. Roll on an even coat again avoiding distinct lap lines. Allow to dry fully and roll on a second coat of the Jade Green LusterStone. Since this metallic plaster is somewhat translucent to begin with and you have thinned it with water, expect some of the brown color to peek through your green. The effect you are looking for is a faded in and out green over brown look. Dry fully.

Position the damask stencil where you want it using painters tape. You may have to use a light misting of spray stencil adhesive to ensure the stencil doesn’t move. I chose LusterStone in Charred Gold that I again thinned down with about 20% water. I stippled the Charred Gold LusterStone through the stencil in a technique known as lost and found. Lost and found essentially means that you stencil some elements lighter than others to give the overall stencil a faded nonuniform appearance. Before removing the stencil I gave it a very light vertical brush stroke. This up and down brush stroke is not necessary but I found that it gives the design elements a nicer look.

step by step lusterstone technique instructions

step by step lusterstone technique instructions

Your next step will be to mix 2 parts Royal Jade to 1 part Charred Gold LusterStone together to create a third color. This new color will also be thinned with 20% water. Working in 3 foot wide strips from top to bottom, trowel this color over the surface in a very tight manner applying and scraping most of the material off the wall as you move. Immediately after applying a coat of the new color to a 3 foot wide strip, go back to the top of your wall and use a spray bottle with water to spritz the surface with a light mist. Spray the surface and immediately scrap it in a downward motion with a trowel to create a linear faded somewhat distressed look. Continue around the room completing 3 foot sections at time.

Once dry, replace the stencil and hi light some of the stencil elements with a gold paint of your choice. By hi light, I mean a very very sheer dry brush application. All you want to do is give the stencil a little more pop, not cover what you ahve done so far.

As with most decorative paint or faux finish techniques, you version will look a little different than mine but this metallic plaster technique will be your own should look nice if you adopt the instructions to your hand. Have fun with this easy decorative paint technique.

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