After I posted the bathroom, a few of you asked to see some more of the collaborative projects I've undertaken with my mom. Since I've been home, we've
Take, for instance, the kitchen. I've got a love affair with velvety, soft matte walls, like the kinds you see so often in Swedish Gustavian interiors, with their powdery grayish blush palette (see another, more brightly colored version here). So, we used that as a starting point, but of course, we didn't stop there. We've been changing the look, switching out furniture left and right. A blue and white cabinet, a jeweled and leopard commode... it all depends on how much bling we feel like digesting with breakfast. Thoughts? Opinions?
Anyway, back to the wall! It is, after all, the backbone for the entire kitchen. It looks like fresco, right? Alas, we have a dirty little secret! We didn't apply pigments to wet plaster (requirements for a "true" fresco). Instead, we applied a watery coat of paint over a porous (and dry!) virgin plaster wall, with no effort to remove the dips, stains, divets, and irregularities that make it so wonderful.
However, there are other alternatives for texture. For those who desire to paint the town velvet, a chalky finish can also be achieved with casein paints:
Casein was once milk/ And then it was cheese/ And now it is pictures/ How wonderful/ At noon came my "Meister"/ In white tie and tails/ To look at my work/ How wonderful/ Casein looks like fresco/ and Herr Apotheker F. said/ "red vill last foreffer"/ How vonderfool/ I shall paint the walls/ For tout New York/ On my return/ Most wonderful.