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Old 05-15-2017, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default Brick and Terra Cotta repair/blend in

So I am working in this super beautiful building in Dupont Circle that's being turned into a short term rental property. It's called Patterson House.

In one of rooms,they uncovered some brick and a Terra Cotta ceiling. They started to paint it white,but the designer wasn't happy.I was contacted to camouflage the repairs and make the new bricked up doorway blend in.
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I see a lot of green in those pics! keep em coming Lynn!!

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I primed and then applied four different basecoats for the wall and ceiling.to give some variation. Brick and Terra Cotta repair/blend in-img_20170509_152954153_hdr.jpg

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I made a palette with Faux Effects glaze and universal tints: black,raw umber,iron oxide,pthalo green, pthalo blue,white and burnt umber.

I just mixed as I went, trying to tie things in with nearby tiles/bricks.
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So because I used just tints and glaze,it took until over the weekend for the wall to dry. The ceiling is still a little tacky in spots.

Almost finished.
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And just because....this house was owned by a Chicago newspaper magnate,built in1902. Starting rental -about $4000/mo. for 400 sq. ft.Brick and Terra Cotta repair/blend in-img_20170508_142630947.jpg

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Awesome sauce! That's real good work and a pain too I'm sure. Made some good money on that one I'm sure, better be charging a ton for it.

Do you intend to seal the work at all? In case someone wants to give the bricks a scrub? Just curious.
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And just because....this house was owned by a Chicago newspaper magnate,built in1902. Starting rental -about $4000/mo. for 400 sq. ft.
Wish I could faux marble real awesome. I'd have it all over my house lol. I get bored and want things done fast, hard to draw veins on so many places. :/

Must be nice to have access to some turn of the century slave labor to build such a pimp place. Good luck doing it today, only the mega wealthy can do that...and even then, it's a push.

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Just to be clear, those last set of pictures are not my work, that's the foyer/lobby of the house turned upscale rentals.

I like taking pics of the real deal for reference. They were loaded for sure. There are fourteen bedrooms with fourteen fireplaces. High ceilings, huge windows.

I thought it was interesting that the marble pillars look like what I call "barber pole". I thought that was a sign of an amateur job. Now I know.

I'm going to seal it all with a dead flat, that glaze is not stable for scrubbing and it dried really shiny.
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Just to be clear, those last set of pictures are not my work, that's the foyer/lobby of the house turned upscale rentals.

I thought it was interesting that the marble pillars look like what I call "barber pole". I thought that was a sign of an amateur job. Now I know.

I'm going to seal it all with a dead flat, that glaze is not stable for scrubbing and it dried really shiny.
Yah I figured it was real marble put in, but gave me a good idea about fauxing marble. Need to learn how to do that, figured if I get good I'd put a lot in my house lol. Just need some free time and lots of practice I guess. :/

What are you going to use for the sealer? A poly or some sort of clear acrylic. I don't think polycrylic comes in a flat, so just curious what you'll be using.
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So, I sealed it up with Old Masters Flat. I never used it before; it's not very flat.

I'll re-coat with Modern Masters Dead Flat. Although,on the ceiling, the Old Masters was fine.


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Now I'm finished.
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Well, butter my a...........oh you know.

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Well, well, well.....it seems that the Modern Masters Dead Flat wasn't quite flat. I've used it before and thought it was great.

From the side you can see a sheen, and there is a light shining toward it, so it appears shiny there. I wonder if it's because the brick is such a dark color?

The GC said not to worry about it, it's fine.
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You've got some great talent Lynn. Looks fantastic!!!
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Well, well, well.....it seems that the Modern Masters Dead Flat wasn't quite flat. I've used it before and thought it was great.

From the side you can see a sheen, and there is a light shining toward it, so it appears shiny there. I wonder if it's because the brick is such a dark color?

The GC said not to worry about it, it's fine.
Probably a sheen build on a porous surface? We deal with that on drywall sometimes. Assuming the old brick has no coating to speak of and the new has multiple layers of product the new area would probably "flash". It may cure out a little over time as a flat finish but I've never used mm flat clear so I really don't know.
It looks fantastic, Lynn. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us!

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Yeah, totally stellar job. I might have nightmares of that ceiling if I was asked to doctor it up.

I sure hope the clients are happy because it couldn't have been done any better.
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Hey,LPC, thanks for explaining that. It makes sense.

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I hate looking at fauxlynn's threads. Because she is so damn good! It's like just when I think she's another ass scratching painter like the rest of us, bam! Suddenly I'm addressing a world class artist, and I don't know how to act.
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OMG stop,guys!
Any of you could learn this. That's why I post details, to give you a nudge and inspiration. Seriously.
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