Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More Pictures of American Clay in My Home!

Over the past 5 years of being an American Clay applicator I have collected many left over clay colors from multiple jobs.  Being that am I a free spirited designer, I thought it would be fun for my powder room to be a collection of all the left over colors!  (I wonder if tile installers ever do this with all their left over tile remnants!  I know I'd probably have an entire mosaic wall, good thing I'm not a tile installer!)

I started with the base in Guadalupe Dunes in Enjarre

Next was a skip troweled Quartzine (white) in Enjarre

Then on top of that, Amber Grain Porcelina

And last but not least, Savannah Moss in Porcelina!

Obviously, these were all troweled with areas open to the color underneath.

Since I knew I needed to compress the walls, I ended up using a damp sponge to reach all the layers. (a light misting and a trowel was not going to reach the other colors!)  Unfortunately, by using a sponge, some of the bright colors became muted by the Savannah Moss being swiped over them.

The result???  It looks like an old crumbled concrete wall from Italy.  Since I just used leftovers, I may chosen different colors if I started from scratch but I am happy to have my powder room be something different from the rest of the neutral colored house. 

It's almost a room you need to see in person.  Here it is completed.

And one more up close - Enjoy!

 (sorry, the watermark is from my other blog.....)

A collection of old plates adorn the wall.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Starting American Clay Enjarre on my Own Home!

I am so excited because I finally get to apply American Clay in my own home.  After renting for 4 years, this interior designer is ready for some fun!

I chose to do the entire main level in the Enjarre clay because it only requires one coat (instead of two) and I was doing it myself and on a TIME CRUNCH!

I am so happy with the end result, but if time and money didn't mean anything, I would still opt for Loma or Porcelina, at least in a few rooms :-)

I choose Caltrite and Agate which used to come in pre-tinted Enjarre bags.  (From what I heard, they no longer sell the Enjarre pre- tinted, you just buy the pigment or tint separately.) 

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Since I was doing just one coat, I knew I had to get creative with the clay.  I ended up mixing (on my hawk) both the colors and then came back when the clay was still wet, and skipped some of the Quartzine Enjarre on top.  I wanted LOTS of texture.  The more the merrier for me, although, a lot of my clients prefer the super smooth texture that gives off this rich buttery feel like this bathroom in clay that I did. 

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And here is some AFTER shots!

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If you would like to see more pictures of my own home, stop by my other blog,

CreativeJuicesDecor and enter the word HOUSE in the search box.
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