Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Distressed

Saw this photograph and thought...part of me would love to experiment and create a distressed wall like this and another part of me would be afraid it would never come off. Do you know a painless way to get this effect? Could you live with it? On a side note, I do love the chair and combination of colors.

{image via Andre Martin Photographics}

14 comments:

Jane Flanagan said...

I always admire distressed walls in person, but in real life I always want my walls to be as flawless as possible. It's one of those dreadful disconnects between my design-minded self and my actual self, I wish I could reconcile!

Julia said...

I do love this look! Regardless if it could come off, maybe you could just alter it again to get a new look after the first one wore on you!

please sir said...

True - and yes Jane I know what you mean - I'm always battling my design self and actual self into doing daring ideas!

susie q said...

I think nkp over at Head Over Heels would know how to create a wall like this. It's one of her favorite looks. I love it too! I think I'm longing for a crumbly age-worn character-filled chateau.

http://completelytotallymadly.blogspot.com/

Chocolate and Steel said...

find an old wall and start peeling off the layers of wallpaper. Ok, that may be hard to come by:) It is a great look, especially for a photo. I'm not sure if I could love it for a long time living in the space. But I like everything to be very clean and cheerful, so I'm sure it's just me.

niftythriftyowl said...

Oh yes! Very nice! Love the look.

I think if you just used pain to get the look... you could paint over it. Of course, you'd have to be good at painting to pull it off. and of course you lose the texture aspect...

SimplyGrove said...

I love this look!!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I just know if I did it, people would be like, "I wonder when Laura's going to get around to ripping down the rest of the wallpaper. :-) That said, when we were ripping down wallpaper, I really wanted to keep a guest bedroom like that for a while before painting it. The man of the house vetoed me faster than you can open a can of paint!

Cassie said...

I love this look too! And I have seen people successfully pull it off in the real world:
http://dayataglance.blogspot.com/2007/10/unanswered-questions.html
(that post just explains their technique, but you can look elsewhere on their blog to see the finished product.)

(Sounds a bit difficult, but I think it avoids the "she just needs to paint" look.)

Wendy said...

I like the look but dont know if I could live with it. A book I have is FULL of that, it's called Restoration Home.

zeke said...

You could probably get an approximation with a series of glazes applied with a destroyed roller, covered over with a couple of glazes scumbled together to tie it all together. Then it would all be paint and you could paint over it pretty easily.

18 years as a set designer die hard, I guess.

a print a day said...

i like distressed anything! i LOVE peeling paint and rough wooden floors. i like anything old. that pic is so my style.

Anonymous said...

Move to New Orleans. Half the city's walls have that beauriful, eerie, distressed look.

Kimberley said...

That is perfection. There is a place out here, Headlands Center for the Arts, that has beautifully distressed walls. I know that they used sandblasters for it. Not exactly the most readily available tool - but the effect was gorgeous.

These are the only images I could find: http://www.headlands.org/article.asp?key=18

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