We love getting calls from repeat clients. So when the call came to refinish a grand foyer and living room of a client's stately Jenkintown home, we were happy to make a substantial time investment to see all the details through, from design to completion.
The imposing two story foyer is dominated by a graceful curved staircase which we had previously painted in a faux bois technique to resemble stained wood. For this project, we finished the walls in an aged Marmorino Classico finish, and created a antiqued whitewash and gold finish for the trim work, doors and moldings which carried through to the upstairs balcony and into the living area.
We carried the same Marmorino into the living area, with some special flourishes to resemble stone block where architecturally appropriate, a random cracked effect in some spots, finished columns and even a few trompe l'oeil elements.
For the crowning touch, we designed a 2 foot tall Modello border for the coffered ceiling, which we decorated using the ancient sgrafitto technique of scratching a design in wet plaster to reveal the base color plaster below. We then lightly skimmed a final layer of plaster over the design in a way that simulated an ancient fresco, chipped and worn over the centuries.
You can see more examples of Italian plaster artistry in our Italian Plaster Gallery.
Photo credit: copyright 2013 As Seen by Janine