Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Old plaster walls

 There is nothing I love more than aged, plaster walls, and I have been wanting that look for years. I finally just did it.


I had some fabulous inspiration photos...


This one from Spanish photographer Montse Garriga Grau HERE.


This one from Sweet Southern Vintage...


For my version, I first used joint compound, which I scraped on and off until I got the look I wanted. After it dried, I sanded just a bit, then painted with "Geneva Swan Grey" Colorplace paint in a flat finish from Walmart. I then mixed a couple different shades of light grey and brown and brushed them on where old walls would naturally be darker. It was not that easy, but I love the look. 


I changed a few things on the buffet including adding this inherited vintage lamp, and my dwarf Alberta Spruce in the ice bucket. 



My mom brought over some old family photos which I just propped up and decided I liked them that way, so they stayed. 



I was honestly not sure if I liked it when I started, but I kept on going and was still not sure until I started putting the window treatments, etc., back up. I love it now, and I'm glad I took the risk. 

I did the hall too. 



This is definitely not a look for everyone, but it definitely gives some character to the room. 


We like it, and that's what counts! What have you been inspired to do in your home? 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please come by my Far Above Rubies facebook page because we really are having fun over there chatting and sharing ideas. I love for you all to post your photos there too, so come on by.

Anita

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27 comments:

  1. I adore your inspiration photos, so beautiful the way you did the wall with the gray tone...your room looks so inviting and comfy...thanks for sharing with me...

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  2. It really looks fabulous, and I never would have thought of doing it, and it does sound doable! Joni

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  3. Anita, this is fabulous - I absolutely love how it turned out!!!
    You nailed it!
    Hmmm, now where can I do that?
    Blogging's going to kill me LOL
    Fantastic job!
    XOX

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  4. I know this was work but I must say that it was so worth it! It looks beautiful Anita!

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  5. Your room looks uniquely personal and very lovely.

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  6. I love it !!!!!! I love the whole room, furniture, displays.....love the sheet music, books, old photo's, sofa...looks awesome......

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  7. Anita, how breathtaking. You have surely proven your artistic gifts are many and diverse. A page out of a European homestead, would not be any prettier. The contrast with the couch is lovely. The old photographs, lace and care is stunning, you have been very busy and are an an amazing talent,lady, mother, daughter, friend, so blessed to know you ... :)

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  8. I love it. I.actually did this in my 100 year old home to help hide imperfections. It is perfect Anita.

    ~ Lisa ~

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  9. Anita that first shot should be in a magazine!! I love the look of aged plaster walls, you did a fabulous job achieving the look!

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  10. I can't imagine how much work this was but it is amazing. You have created an entirely different style in this room, all your very own. So many different objects that you have pulled together perfectly like they were all meant to be. It truly is a magazine-worthy room.

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  11. I love your wall treatment. You were brave to attempt it. I don't think I would because I would be afraid I wouldn't like it.

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  12. Whew! I am tired just thinking of all the work you did.

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  13. Looks great, such a good idea. Glad you had the vision to do it!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  14. Looks beautiful.
    I have done something similar in our den.. It was a mom and son project and we ended up having an all out war with the dry wall compound.. what a mess we had to clean up. But we had fun and the end results (after the clean up) was great!
    The entire room is luvly.
    Hugs, Gee

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  15. Anita, oh my goodness... what an incredible job! You are so brave to give this a try. It looks beautiful with your room!

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  16. I love the Old World effect. It really works with your furniture and decor. I really turned out great, Anita!

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  17. Your "aged plaster" walls look fabulous Anita. They look "perfectly imperfect". Love your $8 table too!.

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  18. I love it! It's so hard to keep going when you start to feel that you might not like it after all! You did a great job and I love the results!

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  19. I love it...great job...just subtle enough for great depth!

    I have plaster walls and have done some faux painting on them but I think I will update them with this look, perfect for my 106 year old house.

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  20. Love the look!! My sister is an artist and has been using that compound for years....she recently did a woman's dining room on a horse property with birch trees as her subject, using the compound, and different paints....it is very 3D, and she has since then had many commissions from that one home. It is stunning! Your work looks lovely.

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  21. Your living room is beautiful and the walls look great! Your blog has so much inspiration!

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  22. I love your sofa! You have given a personal touch to your home and that truly is what counts when making ones space reflect your taste. Right now I'm just trying to get organized and stay sane amongst remodeling in the house. I will leap with joy when the main floor is put back into order. The dining room is becoming a staging place as we gather stuff to redo the kitchen with. My fridge is hiding in the DR. Well, if you can call it hiding. She's been there way too long.

    God bless,
    d

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  23. More than fabulous. I love this look!

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  24. Wow! I love your walls and your room is lovely room.

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  25. That looks really pretty.
    I love this room.
    You did a wonderful job.

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  26. Oh Anita! This is too gorgeous! I LOVE this, and wish that I had you around to do mine, ha! This is a look that I dearly love and I love your style(what I esteem to achieve). Great job as always, and your labor of love paid off!

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