This week, I am back on the Beacon Hill job, doing the ceiling in the Living/Dining Room. Stacy is giving me a hand with the first part of this job and then she will move to another area of the house to work, while I finish up. I take some pics of some of the work she is doing solo here and post later this week.
This is a big ceiling, approximately 18′ wide x 35′ long, 12′ high. Here you are seeing part of the dining room side of the room. I am using a Portofino plaster in a color called "Sugar Cane". I had some iridescent gold Bella Fresco mixed into the Portofino to give it a little gold glow. The Portofino itself, has a pearlescent sheen. This photo was taken after two coats had been applied. We will apply a third coat tomorrow. We are loving this plaster. It trowels on like butter! I also decided to try out a new (to me) type of trowel for this job. I’ve been having a hard time finding a trowel that is comfortable. Let’s face it, most of these tools are made for men, so they are heavy and awkward for a small woman to use. I had read about a Japanese trowel and found just what I needed on Kathy Carroll’s website, Faux By Kathy. Kathy’s site has a wealth of information for decorative painters, plus offers a huge selection of supplies through her on-line store. A very knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to answer any questions or Kathy herself will get on the phone and lend her expertise. All of the plasters and trowels I will be using on this ceiling came from Kathy. The ceiling actually looks fine with just the two coats shown here, but I have a lot of the product left and I think one more layer will give it that extra glow I am looking for. I will be adding a border and medallion around that wrapped chandelier.