Faux Stone Conservatory – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Paint Effects Blog

Faux Stone Conservatory, West Yorkshire – Blog by Lee Simone

 

Faux Stone Conservatory RS4W (14)

Faux Stone Conservatory

 

I created this faux stone effect on the exterior of a conservatory in a home in West Yorkshire. The clients contacted me as the original stone effect, which had been done some 15yrs previously, was now looking very faded and had worn badly in places (see photo below).

 

The original finish

The original finish

 

As with most of my faux work some sort of preparatory base painting was required before I started and this was undertaken by the clients usual painter and decorator. For this project he filled and repaired all the areas that needed attention and then applied 3 coats of a smooth Dulux Weathershield in a light yellow ochre colour.

This gave me the perfect non porous base on which to work. The original old effect had been done over textured masonry paint so I suggested that the decorator leave this and not sand it back so that I could incorporate and use the texture when creating my effect.

Undertaking faux work outside in England can be a challenge as the weather is nothing if not ‘changeable’. I was going to need scaffolding for this project so I asked the client if they could arrange some sort of  tarpaulin that would protect any painted areas if it rained. This was going to be vital as the glazes stay wet for around 16hrs. I have to say the clients went above and beyond and this is what I arrived to see on my first day! My very own chrysalis 🙂

 

The amazing scaffolding/tarpaulin set up

The amazing scaffolding/tarpaulin set up

 

It really was a wonderful environment to work in with the chrysalis letting enough light in whist keeping me and the paint free from rain – of which there was a lot! Although the project was done in summer there were some seriously massive storms with torrential rain but whilst it blew a gale outside I was safe and dry inside my little chrysalis. I think the project would still be unfinished if it wasn’t for the tarp!

 

My view under the tarp

My view under the tarp

 

The effect itself was created by tinting 6 different oil colours with Polyvine Oil Glaze and then mixing and blending them with a variety of brushes, cloths and other bits and bobs. The colours I used were raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre, flesh tint, sap green, paynes grey and white. I applied two layers of glaze to build up the colour and the patination of the faux stone effect.

 

Creating the effect

Creating the effect

 

I even created the illusion of mildew around the drainpipes and on some of the edges and corners just add a little more authenticity to the effect. As you can see from the photos below the effect I achieved was very realistic and blended very well with the real stone on the areas below the window sills.

 

Close up of the faux stone effect

Close up of the faux stone effect

 

Close up of the faux stone effect

Close up of the faux stone effect

 

Picture showing the real stone (below the window sill) and my faux effect above

Picture showing the real stone (below the window sill) and my faux effect above

 

Close up of the finished effect and the lovely realistic pattination

Close up of the finished effect and the lovely realistic patination

 

Once the effect had been created I varnished it with two coats of Osmo oil varnish which has an anti UV component so that the finish wouldn’t fade like the original.

All in all this was a wonderful and slightly surreal environment to work in but I was really happy with the results, as were the clients. I think you’d be hard pressed to notice that this wasn’t a real stone conservatory 🙂

 

The finished faux stone effect

The finished faux stone effect

 

Faux tastic finish :-)

A faux tastic finish 🙂

 

The view from the right

The view from the right

 

Close up of some of the 'columns'

Close up of some of the ‘columns’

 

Thanks for reading! if you are interested in other faux projects I have undertaken, please visit my main faux finish page – http://imaginativeinteriors.co.uk/faux-finishes/