Asked on May 9, 2017

I want to hide (or camouflage) wall imperfections in 100 yr old home.

Katherine AnneDeeMichele Pappagallo
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I want to use the "old world finish technique" of painting & using glaze, on all the walls in our home. The house is almost a hundred years old & I want to use that technique because I like the look of it, I think that it would be perfect to camouflage and hide the imperfections in the walls (of which there are many) and at the same time,it would minimize the work and mess involved with
re skimming the walls. I have never done this before & have only read about it online. I have a few questions before I begin. Anyone who thinks they could provide input, that would keep me from making mistakes or if you have experience with this technique... I'm open to suggestions, ideas and tips.
I want to know if it would look good if I did the paint/glaze "old world style finish" on the walls AND the ceiling?
Or is that kind of tacky looking and I should only do the walls? If I only do the walls... How do I paint the ceiling,so it does not look (dramatically) different from walls and ends up looking like two different eras? For cohesiveness and good flow through home, I was considering doing all of the rooms down stairs, this same technique and the same colors. Meaning, one color for the base coat and then a mix of paint in the same color family, but around 4 Shades Darker than the base coat, mixed with glaze for faux finish coat o complete the look I'm going for. I was thinking that it would look better if all the walls down stairs had no interruption in the paint technique, from one room to another. It is NOT an open floor plan, but between the kitchen,breakfast area and living area... you can see each of the other two rooms from whatever room you're in. The entryway,the hallway & bedroom downstairs are completely separated by walls and doors.
From the photos I've seen online, I think it ends up looking high-end but I wanted to know some other people's opinions, who have done this before I get started & any suggestions that could be made...to a novice at this like me, would be welcomed. Someone did suggest that I prime the walls first, but there is a new coat of flat paint on the walls now, provided by the previous owner. Any advice will be appreciated greatly.
6 answers
  • Susan Savarese
    on May 10, 2017

    Hi Katherine: I haven't actually used this technique so I'm of no help in that, but as I was reading your question, I could picture it and I personally think it will be awesome. I think with a 100 year old house, the glazing will give it that "movement" that will look so good. Old world charm as you say. Sorry I can't be of help with techniques on how to apply it though! I've seen it many times and feel that it would be a great decision.
  • Katherine Anne
    on May 10, 2017

    Thank you for your vote of confidence! I guess we really don't know how something will turn out, until it's finally done. Thank you for taking the time to read my post/question & giving me you're sincere feedback. I really do appreciate it🌞
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on May 10, 2017

    We lived in an old colonial in CT for years, and several of the walls (plaster) were in bad shape. I did a technique that was really simple and looked really nice when it was done. First, get tissue paper (The plain white kind that is inside most gift boxes. It comes in sheets.) Then take each sheet and tear it in half (or whatever size you want to work with.) Crumple them into balls, then spread them out again. Now they should be wrinkled. Now, using a standard roller, roll your paint onto the wall very lightly....coverage is not really important...you just need it to be moist. Then, take the sheets of tissue paper and lay them into the wet paint on the wall..smoothing them out slightly as you go. Be sure to overlap the edges of the sheets slightly as you go as well. Then, as you are pasting the sheets on the wall, use a large flat paintbrush to "dry brush" a small amount of paint onto the paper to smooth it out more and to help attach it completely. After this dries, roll a regular coat of paint over the whole wall and let it dry. The finished result will look like a little like stucco, but much thinner and finer. It completely covered all of the cracks, dents, imperfections, etc that we had. It is very similar to the "Paper bag flooring" that is popular now....but uses tissue paper instead. Hope my explanation makes sense!
  • Katherine Anne
    on May 10, 2017

    Yes it makes perfect sense! That sounds like a great idea, and I'm glad you told me about it. This is exactly what I wanted and I truly appreciate your input and idea. What I may do is one room one way and then another that way but use the same color. Thank you so much for the awesome idea!!!
  • Dee
    on May 10, 2017

    I did a wall in my daughter's room with paint and glaze. The original base colour was rolled on, then the second, slightly darker, colour with the glaze added was dabbed on using old plastic grocery bags. This added depth and gave it a sort of crinkled look.
    I did another wall in a similar technique using pieces of old fabric twisted and rolled down the wall after the second colour with glaze was applied. This took the colour off in a neat manner and left a nice effect but was much more difficult to get it done evenly without creating lines. And as the fabric got soaked with paint you had to use fresh pieces. In both cases, I painted the ceiling in the original base colour to keep everything coherent.
  • Katherine Anne
    on May 11, 2017

    Thank you for your tips & imput from your experience working with paint mixed with glaze on walls. I never thought of the plastic bag idea and I think using the base color as the ceiling color, is the perfect solution.. as that thought never crossed my mind. I only thought to do ceiling in a cream, white or same as walls. I can actually picture it with the same base color on the ceiling and how it will complement perfectly with the paint glaze technique on walls. I'm so happy you took the time to reply and your suggestion regarding the ceiling paint,will make the transition from wall to ceiling seamless and natural. Great idea, thank you so much Dee!
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