My straw saga continues

In case you are all contemplating a straw faux finish in your house anytime soon… (ha!)… I have learned a few things that I thought I would pass along. Hilde would be so proud….

#1) Altho’ I was so excited to learn Michaels Craft Store carried mini bales of hay… It just isn’t the same as the real thing! My hunka-hunka-husband drove to somewhere in the country and got me the real deal for my new sample. The designer said my strands of hay needed to be longer with fewer of them. She was right. Many of you also gave me the same suggestion! You are all so smart!

#2) The designer asked me to try painting over the straw with the wall color from the kitchen. I like it. You can still see the straw, but it’s an improvement over leaving the joint compound white.

#3) The designer also asked me to try one last sample with the straw, with the wall color and with a glaze. I actually used a stain on it instead of a glaze and I think it is LOVELY. This is where I say “oooohhhh -aaaaahhhhh” …..

What a cool job I have! I actually get paid to smash straw into plaster. Who woulda thunk it????

I am giving the samples back to the designer tomorrow. Wish me luck!

  1. L
    February 10, 2009 at 4:36 am

    We were posting on our blogs at the EXACT same time! hehe…

    Honey it’s beautiful! You don’t need luck…you got mad skill!

  2. KC Mom
    KC Mom
    February 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Uhh…yeah…glaze is a good thing. Yummy!

  3. fabulousfinishes
    February 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Can you tint that JC as well? Getting it to a color closer to the wall paint color will make it easier to paint but most importantly will hide chips or dings if those arise. Love it with the glaze!

  4. Susan S.
    Susan S.
    February 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah you… persevered until you found something really cool! Once again…you rock! I like the glazed look….it really highlights the straw! And as a previous commenter said…you don’t need Luck! You, my friend have SKILLS!!!!

  5. Sam Ransom
    Sam Ransom
    February 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I’m a friend of Shauna’s and love the ideas on your blog! They are amazing!!!

  6. Laura
    February 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    The last sample is very cool!

  7. Misti
    February 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Looks awesome, I like the finished product!

  8. Screaming Meme
    Screaming Meme
    February 11, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I love it!!! I did the straw treatment to my Saloon Gameroom…It returned out great and I got 3 jobs from it!!!!…I love my job too, girl! You did great! Im actually thinking about painting it again…I’ll keep you posted…Im posting your post tomorrow…I love it…You should do a shout out on here…Meme

  9. Girly Stuff
    Girly Stuff
    February 11, 2009 at 3:59 am

    It turned out great! Good idea about the stain. Someone’s range hood is going to look fabuloso.

    You put Hilde to shame! Her faux flower wall treatment ain’t got nothin’ on you!

  10. Shauna
    February 12, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Some how I missed this post!! I LOVE it! it turned out so stinkin awesome. you never seem to amaze me.

  11. Montee
    February 13, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I’m glad this all turned out. It looks good!

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