Fake It If You Can't Make it

I've been working on a cool project, a condo in a converted warehouse (it's not finished, so excuse the ladders and lack of staging). Among its great features are exposed brick walls and original beams. However, a new steel support was added to the living room and encased in sheetrock. It stuck out like a sore thumb.
Here's a detail of one of the great, naturally aged and distressed original beams from when the building was constructed in 1895.

Here's the sheetrocked beam after a couple of layers of glaze applied with a rocker graining tool:

A closer look shows the similarity between the painted finish on the right and the original on the left.

A little paint can work miracles.


ButterYum said...

You have quite a gift!!!!

The Changing Look of Friends said...

Wonderful faux treatment done to match the real. The texture and the glazing match prefectly.

Connie said...

Good work! I cannot tell the difference in the photo. It certainly beats that boring sheetrock.