Friday, February 24, 2012

Glazed Burlap Inserts in Faux Woodgrained Wainscoting

Just a quick post today.  I did a really beautiful project awhile back that helped amp up the beauty of this home. The homeowner wanted something different yet rich and more classicially traditional.  Her entryway, especially her stairway to the second floor, was quite tall - and there was very little architecture.  To help ameliorate (sorry for the high-end vacab...I was an English major!!) this "tallness," I suggested that she add some wainscoting with panels and some crown molding.  Once that was done, we went to work doing a faux mahogany finish (with a dollop of eggplant in the glaze mix).

Once white and plain...

The Recipe...

The base color was a brownish red (Leather Red from Aqua Finishing Solutions).  Then I floated Dutch Metal Gold - also from Aqua Finishing Solutions - on the edges for a little sophistication.  It's not quite visible in the photo...but that's because it's suffused under a glaze of Antique Mahogany plus some Eggplant Stain and Seal and a dash of Ebony (also from Aqua Finishing Solutions).

The finishing touch came by adding the burlap to the inserts.  I purchased the burlap online - but you can buy it anywhere as long as it's a burlap that has more of an open weave.  If it's tight, it won't work - well, maybe it will but I don't recommend it.  I put it on with carpenters glue (Elmer's).  You need to try to get the edges as clean as possible.  Mine were not perfect - so I added the cording to neaten it up.  After the glue was dry, I gave the burlap a clear topcoat. The client wanted to retain the light color of the burlap but I darkened it a bit with some dark brown glaze.

I've done this finish on furniture as well.  You can put it on just about anything that has an insert (it would look beautiful as an insert in a ceiling panel!) Come to think of it, I have an end table with a raised molding around the top (sort of like a tray table top) that could use this finish!



Above is a sample I did for a client where I painted and glazed the burlap in the same color. I just added some black accents to the sides of the insert.  Here you can see the burlap weave better - it's more open.  And you can see the edges. If you don't get it down close to the edge - it will look unfinished.  In the darker sample you don't see the edges quite so much...but on the lighter wainscoting inserts that I did for my client - the edges were more noticeable.  But, no big deal - that's what they make cording for!

It's a beautiful finish.  So - give this burlap finish a try in your own home!!

Linking this project up with Between Naps on the Porch

and some of my blog friends HERE

14 comments:

Jen Lossing said...

This looks really great. It is amazing what a little architectural detailing can do!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great finish and one I've never seen before! Great job!
dee dee

Thoughts on Design said...

Linda,

That is Terrific!!!

CHeers,
John

Our Pinteresting Family said...

WOW! That looks absolutely fantastic! I am huge fan of burlap so I love love love this! ~ Megan

May said...

This has such a substantial feeling to it. I really love it.

Linda Leyble said...

Thanks May, John, Jen and Megan for your lovely comments. Makes me feel GREAT and that it was all worthwhile!

Linda

Our Delightful Home said...

WOW! You did an amazing job. I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Becolorful said...

Wow, impressive. A fresh take on a classic idea. Thanks for linking up to BeColorful. I featured your post on this week's Motivated Monday
pam

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...

Hi Linda,
I love how this turned out! I think I have a corner hutch I may try this on. Thanks for for the inspiration!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I love this idea!

Dee

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Leslie B said...

What did you use for the clear top coat? Did you add paint or stain to it or paint/stain then apply the top coat?

Leslie B said...

What do you use for the clear top coat over the burlap once you have used the carpenters glue to glue it on?

Linda said...

Hi Leslie - I hope that you check back to this blogpost and see my reply. Please go to my new blog - http://www.thecolorfulbee.com. All of my new and past blogposts will be on there. I am no longer posting on Blogger.

In answering your question - you can paint right over the burlap - any color etc. The clearcoat that I used on mine was VarnishPlus from Faux Effexts (located in Florida). On my client's burlap inserts, after the carpenters glue, I clearcoated with ColorSeal from Faux Effects - then I glazed the burlap. You need to clearcoat first (and you can use any clear Polyurethane product from Ben Moore or Sheriwn Williams etc). It needs to have that protection or else it will not look good - the product will just unevenly stain the burlap otherwise). I hope this helps. Please come visit me at my new site!

Linda

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