White Gold: A Metallic Colorwashing

White Gold: A Metallic Colorwashing

Mark Chamberlain
Jul 27, 2010

Of all the faux sponging techniques listed in the brochures at your local paint dealer, this is the one I most enjoy. It gives texture to a wall and is redolent of Venetian plaster, farmhouse stone or 20s bathroom wallpaper. And, I give it my own special twist…

… a metallic finish.

The base is Benjamin Moore Spanish White OC-35, using a matte finish and rubbing the glaze into it. The first glaze is Butte Rock AC-8, a weird ace bandage color I wouldn't really use anywhere else, but it disappears nicely into the finish. All of this is pretty standard.

But wait! I added a second glaze/third color in a metallic finish. It's Ralph Lauren's Oyster RM41, and it's not so much a color as a feeling. It gives a soft glow to the wall and is less metallic then it would suggest, and feels more like marble. One notices it especially at night, and because the specific hue of the final glaze is exactly between warm and cool, it feels like white gold.

Benjamin Moore Spanish White OC-35
Benjamin Moore Butte Rock AC-8
Ralph Lauren Oyster Regent Metallic 41 (in a glaze 1:3)

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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