Laurey W. Glenn / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest is just asking to be painted. That's Sharon Moore's philosophy, anyway.
This homeowner frequently uses paint and brush to personalize her sophisticated North Carolina residence. In the house's front two rooms alone there are a variety of decorative paint finishes to inspire a new look. Here's a brief overview.
The area below the chair rail in the dining room showcases a faux-marble finish that fools the eye. Sharon looked to magazine photos and product samples from a home-improvement store as guides. She layered multiple shades of paint to achieve depth. To complete the appearance, she added a coat of varnish to give it the shine and shimmer of true stone.
While Sharon used flat wall paint, the finish can also be created by layering tinted glazes. There are numerous sources with step-by-step instructions for mastering this illusion.
Texture is created on the upper portion of the dining room walls with a stria effect. Sharon streaked a second color on a dry base color with a rag to achieve the subtle stripe. You could also use a dry wallpaper smoothing brush. After rolling a glaze mixture or paint on a section of dry base coat, drag the wallpaper brush down the wall from top to bottom. Work in vertical rows around the room.