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Rustic Plaster

Stucco Rustico is a traditional interior and exterior textured plaster that epitomizes the rustic old world charm commonly associated with Tuscan environments. I love this treatment for its ease of application and the natural, organic glazed appearance that results when using mineral based plasters and glazes. Whether a rough application or a smooth finish, this treatment holds true to the test of time and, in fact, feels as if time itself stopped to wash the walls personally.

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Oil Gilding Video Tutorial

Quick Dry oil size gilding. This detailed demonstration shows you how to apply genuine gold, silver, imitation gold, aluminum and copper leaf to objects and furniture using the classic 3 hour oil size method. Brought to you by the folks at gildedplanet.com, you'll learn about types of adhesive, testing for 'tack' and drying rates, easy leaf application tips and cleaning and burnishing the leaf.


Pre-mixed Glazes

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Getting going with these premixed glazes. Select one of our pre-mixed glaze colors or create your own. We custom mix any color from all major paint manufacturers. Just pick your own color from any swatch book and let us know the paint name and number and we'll send you the right glaze - interior or exterior - custom matched to your liking.

Create classic effects such as colorwashing, dragging, striee, antiquing effects, furniture effects and much more!

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Design Features

Decoupage - Decoupage, the art of applying cut-out imagery to furniture and objects, flourished in Europe during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries. Decoupage is a great technique for decorating objects, in this case a recipe box, and it fits well with French Country, English Country and American Country design styles. Colorful, interesting and unlimited in potential, decoupage can offer a simple design solution for dressing up many common items within the home, including boxes, trays, chests and tables.


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