Glazed Burlap Inserts in Faux Woodgrained Wainscoting

Just a quick post today.  I did a really beautiful project awhile back that helped amp up the beauty of this home. The homeowner wanted something different yet rich and more classicially traditional.  Her entryway, especially her stairway to the second floor, was quite tall – and there was very little architecture.  To help ameliorate (sorry for the high-end vacab…I was an English major!!) this “tallness,” I suggested that she add some wainscoting with panels and some crown molding.  Once that was done, we went to work doing a faux mahogany finish (with a dollop of eggplant in the glaze mix).

Once white and plain…

The Recipe…

The base color was a brownish red (Leather Red from Aqua Finishing Solutions).  Then I floated Dutch Metal Gold – also from Aqua Finishing Solutions – on the edges for a little sophistication.  It’s not quite visible in the photo…but that’s because it’s suffused under a glaze of Antique Mahogany plus some Eggplant Stain and Seal and a dash of Ebony (also from Aqua Finishing Solutions).

The finishing touch came by adding the burlap to the inserts.  I purchased the burlap online – but you can buy it anywhere as long as it’s a burlap that has more of an open weave.  If it’s tight, it won’t work – well, maybe it will but I don’t recommend it.  I put it on with carpenters glue (Elmer’s).  You need to try to get the edges as clean as possible.  Mine were not perfect – so I added the cording to neaten it up.  After the glue was dry, I gave the burlap a clear topcoat. The client wanted to retain the light color of the burlap but I darkened it a bit with some dark brown glaze.

I’ve done this finish on furniture as well.  You can put it on just about anything that has an insert (it would look beautiful as an insert in a ceiling panel!) Come to think of it, I have an end table with a raised molding around the top (sort of like a tray table top) that could use this finish!

Above is a sample I did for a client where I painted and glazed the burlap in the same color. I just added some black accents to the sides of the insert.  Here you can see the burlap weave better – it’s more open.  And you can see the edges. If you don’t get it down close to the edge – it will look unfinished.  In the darker sample you don’t see the edges quite so much…but on the lighter wainscoting inserts that I did for my client – the edges were more noticeable.  But, no big deal – that’s what they make cording for!

It’s a beautiful finish.  So – give this burlap finish a try in your own home!!

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11 Responses to Glazed Burlap Inserts in Faux Woodgrained Wainscoting

  1. Jen Lossing says:

    This looks really great. It is amazing what a little architectural detailing can do!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is such a great finish and one I've never seen before! Great job!
    dee dee

  3. Linda,

    That is Terrific!!!


  4. WOW! That looks absolutely fantastic! I am huge fan of burlap so I love love love this! ~ Megan

  5. May says:

    This has such a substantial feeling to it. I really love it.

  6. Linda Leyble says:

    Thanks May, John, Jen and Megan for your lovely comments. Makes me feel GREAT and that it was all worthwhile!


  7. WOW! You did an amazing job. I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  8. Becolorful says:

    Wow, impressive. A fresh take on a classic idea. Thanks for linking up to BeColorful. I featured your post on this week's Motivated Monday

  9. Hi Linda,
    I love how this turned out! I think I have a corner hutch I may try this on. Thanks for for the inspiration!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have not checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess IЎ¦ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it friend 🙂

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