Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stained Walls

 The first time I saw a wall finished to look like this I knew I had to have it in my own home.  We are the rustic type and I thought it would be perfect for our house.
 This is a close up to show the texture on the wall.   The stain colors the entire wall, but stays in the textured part even more, making it show up so much more.   
 This is what the wall looks like when it is just painted.   It is amazing how much staining makes the texture show up.   The second step is to take a stain and wipe it on the wall and then with soft rags wipe off as much of the stain as you like.  
 This is the largest wall we did in our house.  It took my husband over five hours to stain this wall, and lots and lots of rubbing.  It is important not to stain too big of an area at one time, because it is hard to get it rubbed off before it dries.   Another hint, get hubby up for the high stuff.  
(Like the picture of Sheldon on the TV....love that show) 
 Here is our bedroom and I wanted it the lightest of any of our rooms.  
This just means wiping off most of the stain.
 Again a close up of the lighter stained wall.
 Believe it or not this is one of our walls that has no stain. 
 It is a very different look without the stain.  The texture is hard to see.


 This is our darkest room.  For this effect we just left on a lot more stain.  I didn't want all of the rooms to look identical, yet keep them all rustic.  
If you decide to give this a try get plenty of rags to wipe off the stain and lots and lots of time,
 well that is if your crazy enough to do your entire house as we did.

Thanks for visiting my stained up walls in my part of the country
Jana 


16 comments:

  1. I love the look! Have you ever done a different color than the gold? Just wondering what it would look like.

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  2. no, just that color but its amazing how different it can look depending on how much you take off.

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  3. WOW, Jana this is awesome to say the least. I understand how the staining works but I'm not sure how you get the textured look to begin with? Does every wall have this textured look, and you just choose which ones you wish to stain? This is an extraordinary effect and I have not seen it (here). It so suits the style and furnishings in your home. Just stunning. (and yes I sure can appreciate the sheer hard work in achieving the desired effect but wow, it sure is worth it.) Haha, 29/4 is the 29th day of April in Oz lingo.

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    1. you can do the texture yourself just go to home depot and buy sheetrock mud all purpose for dry watll and buy a flat trowel and just apply it on ur wall on different spots and flatten it down with ur trowel not all the way flat tho and dont apply it over the wall just on certain spots then use primer on ur wall then paint it white or whatever light color u want and then the satain

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  4. Rose, I figured out your birthday after I asked you, sorry I am slow. To make the texture it is just sheet rock all purpose compound. The stuff they use to hold down the tape on sheet rock. It is applied with a trowel. I did not do that part, but had it done. Hope that helps. This blog was just for you since you were asking last time. You should try it sometime on a small area, just play with it and see what happens. I have so enjoyed getting to know you thru the blog, funny how other we would have never "met". Enjoy your conversations.

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  5. Jana, it is a funny thing this blogging world. Feelings are reciprocated - I have and still am enjoying getting to know you and your world even more. I so appreciated the post you did on these walls too - I am so intrigued....I've done a couple of walls in my place with Dulux suede-effect paint, just roll on the first coat and cross brush with a very wide brush the second coat.(just said this in case you don't have it over there) (It's easy a kid could do it)!! I love home DIY projects but gosh I wished like heck that you could have seen my face when you suggest I have a go with applying something with a trowel!! I have never seen this texturing done on the inside of any house here, most amazing.......but when I looked at the pics I thought wow, that's kind of like they do on the OUTside of houses here and they call it 'rendering'. And it's usually done over the top of these ugly cement blocks that so many houses are done in here. I've helped my former husband build 3 homes (called owner-builders here) so houses and building and plans is something I've always had a big interest in. I'm most curious about roofing in your part of the world. Here, the most popular type of roofing is "colorbond" Its coloured corrogated iron in a variety of colour choices. I can't say I've seen it on any pics of houses I've seen over there. Would love to know what the popular choices of roofing are over there. When I go up to the north at the end of next month, I leave on the 27th, I can't wait to show my youngest daughter this wall post as she is a really good DIYer and will be fascinated by these walls of yours. (now she just might be the braver one to experiment with your effect) !! I'll be sure to encourage her while I'm there!!
    Fond wishes
    Rose

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  6. The type of roofing that is very popular here for homes is asphalt shingles, called composition shingles. Some of our homes use to use "shake shingles" and this was wood, but not too many use this any more because they are such a fire hazard. There are a few that I have seen with a metal roofing, but not as popular and more expensive. The biggest problem we have with our composition shingles is hail damage. Does your daughter not have a computer or internet so that she could look up my blog, I would like to invite her to my blog, the more the merrier. Always enjoy the chats, Jana

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  7. Jana, that is truly interesting. I have never heard of composition shingles, I can't believe I find this whole roofing thing so fascinating but I do! If I had a futuristic hover-board I would go around photographing roofs.....or is it rooves.... :) Hmmm, I can just "feel" a Blog post subject comin' on.....

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    1. PS: meant to say that the said daughter is one of those who hits the floor running in the morning - doesn't stop - then drops into bed each night! She rarely has time to turn around properly. She's on my Followers List but doesn't really follow, just gives me a nano-hit (very occasionally) while she sends off a business email!! None of that sounds very good, so I should add that she lubs me a lot and we're very close :)))

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  8. I just found this, and wondered if you remember the name of the color of stain you used. I am doing my walls right now, but not happy with the flat look of the paint, and wanting to use the same color of stain you used. Do you remember?
    Thanks

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  9. Satin paint? And is it water based stain?

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  10. Hi, no it was not satin paint, just flat wall paint. The stain was not water based. It was thinned with paint thinner and wiped back off with paint thinner and a lot of clean rags. Wiping more and more, depending on color wanted. Hope that helps,.

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  11. LOVE YOUR WALLS!!!! DOING MINE THIS WEEK!!!! I was going to do the glaze but when I saw the color of your walls I decided I had to do it this way. I'm going to use Expresso stain, and the wall color is a light brown/tan. Hope it turns out as good as yours!!!!!!

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    1. I ended up using Dark Walnut stain and Nation colored base coat!!! Absolutely in love with my new room. I'm not a blogger and in fact this is the first time I have posted something to someone webpage but I just have to say thanks thanks thanks

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    2. Sorry I didn't respond I was out of town for little over a week, but glad it worked out for you.

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  12. Do you know if this could be easily covered up by paint if you would ever want to change it (not that you ever would), but was just curious how simple the process would be just paint? or would it take paint and primer?
    Your walls are amazing, I'm building a new house think I want to try it.

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