My Friend Nancy and I were discussing this designer photo, in - particular the lamps they feature on the sideboard. She is a faux painter herself, and has taught me some excellent tricks of the trade when it comes to producing superior paint finishes. The lamps to me look like rusted metal or a concrete of some sort. I am interested if there are any other faux artists out there that would lend a few wise words how they would approch this paint finish. Please leave some comments at the end of the post.
Here is what I would do. (Try this finish first on a discardable lamp than on the ones you spend a lot of money on)
The lamps would need a good primer first.
What I have used in the past to create texture is nail filler. I have used the premade wall nail filler in the past from Home Depot for some art work, and it worked out sensational.
What you could do --is trowel it on to your lamps. After you have it on, and it is fairly smooth following the lines of the lamp is - lightly create some dents into the filler and then smooth it over again. It looks to me, like the lamps themselves are pretty smooth, but they do have a concrete look to them. Not like a sandy concrete, but a roughness look to them. So in other words I would make them fairly smooth with a few interesting pits, or small interest points.
Let it sit over night
Next, It looks like the bottom coat is like a metal that has rusted.
I would go with TaKahe-TH37 Ralph Lauren for that base coat. I have used this color plenty of times as a rust color, and it works really well.
Let it dry.
What I would do next is trowel on the cream colored that is shown on the top. You have to have some sort of grit, (but not to sandy)
You could use a bit of plaster of Paris with your paint. I would use a scraper to apply it on. So you would want do mix up a little at a time, not being runny, but more of a peanut butter like texture. This way you still get a bit of your rust color showing.
Let it dry.
The top color you could use
HaystackVM85 Ralph Lauren, or Cobblestone-UL39...
After that, I would imagine you can sand it slightly. It would reveal even more of the darker rust areas
Also you could apply some sort of a glaze, because you would have a lot of pits. May be a tea colored glaze...??
Any Faux artists willing to share some wise wisdom?