You may already know I live in a carriage house. You may also already know I love looking through magazines and catalogs to check out new trends and the latest “must haves”. The thing I don’t find so appealing on many of these discoveries is the price tag. For example, I see a great piece of furniture done in a gorgeous French Provincial style/finish, only to find the price tag isn’t nearly so “provincial”. What’s a girl to do? If you’re like me; you find a way to “fake it”! It may take a bit more work and time, but the price tag is far more appealing and the sense of accomplishment feels terrific!
In decorating a barn home you have a great deal of leeway. One room might have a mountain rustic feel while the kitchen might be a nod to the Tuscan style, while yet another room could resemble a Restoration Hardware showroom. In another house this could become a mish-mash of looks but with a beautiful timber frame as your back drop you’ll be able to tie these disparate looks together seamlessly.
But how to achieve these looks without breaking the bank? Other than spending quite a bit on a high-end decorator you might be left wishing for a look that you believe is out of reach. But take heart! If you’re willing to put in a bit of time and elbow grease, then drag out your old clothes and “Do It Yourself”. There are a number a good resources on the web for faux finishing How-Tos that take you step-by-step, or if you’re inclined to spend a bit of money you can’t beat the finishes Ralph Lauren has to offer for all types faux effects. They may cost a bit more than if you did it from scratch but the time saved and the final result makes it a viable option for many!
If you’re into doing it yourself from scratch, check out Do It Yourself for information on how to faux just about anything or a great new find of mine called How To Faux Finish. These two sites are quite comprehensive so you should be able to find directions on how to do just about any faux finish project.
Please join me after the jump for more examples of faux finishes for the post and beam home.
What follows are just a few great faux painting techniques I’ve seen used with fantastic results. I’m thinking striped walls may be in my future!