Friday, July 6, 2012

My Faux Limestone Wall Treatment Project

In between posts of interiors, vignettes, gardens, and other images that I find fun and whimsical, I sometimes share pictures of my own designs for the homes of various clients. 

Recently I decided to do a faux limestone treatment on the hall walls of my own home. The house has 12 foot ceilings so I knew it was going to be a "project" and one I would never be able to take with me. Since we will definitely be here for a while longer, I decided to commit to the project.

This house was built around 1900 according to my neighbors. It is in a lovely location with The Historic Irvine McDowell House and park within walking distance up the street, and the Million Park behind. Also at the end of the street is the Watson estate built in the mid 1800's. The estate is empty now, but is maintained with a fund set up by Emma Watson before her death. It has beautiful walled English gardens in the back complete with old roses, peonies wisteria that has overtaken an old oak tree, aged boxwoods, mazes, fish pond, statuary and old iron benches. The gardens are old and almost overgrown. My son grew up playing in what he thought was his own "castle" garden. 

Anyway back to the topic of the faux painting project.

Tim helped me with taping off the grid. It was horrible looking with all the blue painter's tape marking the blocks. I really appreciate him and the fact that he let's me do some pretty crazy things around the house. I know he gets tired of hearing me say "just trust me".

I wish you could see this french tapestry. It is beautiful in person and is hanging on a gorgeous rod that I neglected to get a picture of. I started to take another one for this post but have no excuse other than laziness for not doing so 

Here is a closer look at the wall and some of the needlepoint I do. It's my therapy!! Unfortunately I don't see as well as I use to so don't do as much. None of you ladies have that problem do you??

Christmas 2011
Anyway here is the finished product. Is it perfect? No. But I am proud of it and glad I did it. I will hate to leave it if we leave this old house. I would love to hear from any of you who have done a similar project!
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