I've always hated the color washing that you find in paint store catalogs because the final product always seems to be bled of all personality. So, too, with many completed projects I've come across over the years.
Here and there, I've had clients request paint treatments such as this, and the challenge is always how to make it my own. As Jasper Johns said—take something and do something to it. Then do something to it again. With color washing, you're basically rubbing a tinted glaze into a base coat of matte paint with a clean cloth. In this instance we went one step further.
The base coat was Ralph Lauren Tudric Pewter, and we made four separate glazes of compatible grays. The effect we were going for wasn't a precious, Tuscan look, but something more fauvist and industrial, like peeling paint in a warehouse. We attacked the wall with sponges and wallpaper brushes, and pulled the paint with nine-inch blades, as if we were working a Venetian plaster. Final coat was a glaze of original Tudric Pewter, to bring it all home. Chair photoshopped, pre move in.
• Ralph Lauren Tudric Pewter TH02, plus:
• Ralph Lauren Mason Grey TH05
• Forde Abbey TH06
• Washboard TH07
• Parched Teak TH08
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter