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Old 09-27-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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My wife has her heart set on achieving this look that she found in a furniture cataolg on our chimney as we redo our family room. Anyone have any idea how to do this?

I am thinking:

1) appy primer liberally, especially to grout
2) paint everything in a terra cotta base coat
3) apply a thin roler application of the white to everything
4) apply thick sections of the white with a rag

Do I have these steps right?

Someone told me that I can do this in a latex masonry paint?

FYI the fireplace is frequently used.

Thanks for any help!!! Images to follow.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:00 PM   #2
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You want the chipped paint look?

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Old 09-28-2010, 10:57 AM   #3
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Ok you want to have that distressed look huh? Well get ready to do some work by rolling up your sleeves. This is what you have to do: First clean the brick wall before you paint it by removing all the dust and dirt from the bricks so the dirt does not get clumped in the paint. Now that the brick is clean apply 100 percent universal acrylic primer to the wall. Follow the instructions on the can with regards to the number of coats and drying time. Apply the primer with a paint roller first, working from the top down, to cover the majority of the wall. Then use a paint brush to fill in the mortar and any other areas the roller may have missed.

Once the primer is dry you can apply the paint the same way you applied the primer, using the roller first and then the brush to fill in gaps. The number of coats is up to you. Let the paint dry overnight before distressing it.

Now the fun part starts. Use steel wool and sandpaper to begin scratching and chipping away at the paint. Rub vigorously and sporadically in random areas without putting any thought into what you're doing. This will make it look more natural. You can also splash paint stripper onto the wall and leave it there for the amount of time suggested on the can and use a cloth rag to rub it off. This will pull up areas of paint and also create a natural worn look. After all that is done look into your wife’s eyes and say you owe me big time.
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Epson - thank you very much! I am surprised, however, that I need to paint and then selectively remove to get those big clumps of white in the photo. I was thinking I could selectively apply rather than remove to get that faux flaking stucco effect?
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Well when you distress something you have to apply a finish and then rub it off to get that weathered/old look.
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I think so. It's like coloring and then erasing them. You get a mess from that. It's a good work out!.

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