A New Guest Bath with a Metallic Plaster Finish


modern bath in gray and white tones

The Completed Guest Bath

Just a quick post today.  I helped a client recently who could not come up with the right color for her new guest bath.  The bath was done in gray, white and pearl tones and so my client figured that a clean white would work for the walls – it didn’t.  I brought over all the gray and white colors that I thought would work – they didn’t…and I knew why.

closeup of the metallic finishi

Closeup of the plaster finish

A static color just would not work in this room – it needed depth and variation. One of the reasons I went into the faux finishing industry in the first place was because of how you could come up with a finish that would blend with even the most difficult of interiors.  Using a glaze over a static color could always “save” a room whose color seemed impossible to pick.  A Venetian or a Metallic Plaster could always give depth and you could always pull two colors together and softly blend them.  A decorative finish – done correctly – was always the remedy for a difficult room.

Crushed Pearl metallic plaster in a guest bath

I wish I had taken a picture of the room with the white walls – because it just looked so bland.  I knew that this room neededsome kind of a soft, light Pearlish Gray metallic finish, so I brought along a sample of a Crushed Pearl Metallic Plaster.  The client was ecstatic – it blended with everything in the room and she loved it.

During the plaster process...Ok, so i didn't do my hair!!!

During the plaster process…Ok, so i didn’t do my hair!!!

It took me a day to do the finish and I think it came out really beautiful.  I troweled on two layers of the material – a full strength layer and one with some water added to the mix, which gives it some shine.  The way this finish catches the light {and there are no windows in this room, so light is at a minimum} really helps give luminescence and depth.  It’s a beautiful thing!

I don’t know how it is in other states, but here in New York, the faux finish industry has just about shriveled up.  Many schools have closed their doors because of lack of attendance and also because many faux finishers are not buying any of the great products that are available.  The economy is, of course, to blame but I think that it’s sad that this has happened to a once thriving industry. 

Sharing this project with:  Between Naps on the Porch; My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia; Under the Table and Dreaming; Savvy Southern Style; Power of Paint

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13 Responses to A New Guest Bath with a Metallic Plaster Finish

  1. Audrey says:

    I can imagine the bathroom with white walls. It would be pretty boring. Now, it looks nice because the wall kind of shines and has a decorative element in it which makes the room less plain.
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    • Linda says:

      Hi! Thanks – it is a great color…Crushed Pearl! Very modern but traditional also. What do you think of the lights – they are from Ikea believe it or not. They go well in this bath.

      I’ll be visiting your blog today!


    • Linda says:

      Thanks Audrey! It was boring when white – way too stark! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!


  2. I love this color! I am going to be doing my bath soon and this is going to be on the list for the walls! Beautiful!
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  3. that looks great in that space-and i love their vanity!

    • Linda says:

      Hi! Yes, I really think that it looks great. It’s funny – but this client is one of the most traditional people that I know. Most of the work that I have done for her has been “Old World” Tuscan finishes, antiquing moldings etc. However – over the past two years, she has been getting increasingly transitional…so this bathroom is so much more modern than her other rooms. But everything blends!

      Thanks for commenting. I will hop over to your blog as well today!


  4. Jennifer says:

    What a great project! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. http://www.designdecortuesday.blogspot.com. See you there! ☺

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  6. Linda – the Crushed Pearl is such a wonderful choice for it’s demure elegance. Thanks for the inspiration and tips on how to give it some pop via the 2nd layer suggestion. Great finished project.

  7. GirlOnFire says:

    I love the bathroom! Do you give classes? I am looking for foundation/beginner faux classes in the New York area.

    • Linda says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for commenting. Yes, I give classes from time to time. I will put yiu on my e-newsletter list and will keep you updated on the next class. If you have a friend or two interested also – we could get started soon! I try to keep classes small so that everyone gets more attention! I am on Long Island – where are you?

      Thanks again for writing.

      • GirlOnFire says:

        I actually live in Nigeria but will be in New York City the first week in October. I have been searching for a class in that time frame but as you said in another post, many places aren’t offering them anymore. I wish I had some friends to bring along. If you do decide to hold a class that week, I would be first in line and the most grateful person!

        • Linda says:

          Wow!! Nigeria! That is unbelievable! I will definitely try to accommodate you. Let’s see what I can put together – and who else in NY or nearby would like a class then.

          Thanks for writing!


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