Faux Finishing, Pasadena, CA- Another James Barry Job

This weeks, Job of the Week, features a faux finish-Ralph Lauren’s Suede. This is available at your local Home Depot and is marketed as a finish that any do-it-your-selfer can do. And I’m sure you can but for me it was a bit more difficult because I am expected to get professional results. Anything less and I don’t get paid.

We put the suede color on the wall and it came out too dark, so I added a little white to it and that changed the color completely, so then, I primed a spot with white primer and painted Suede over that and it was still too dark (and greenish looking),so, finally, I found a sheet of white poster paper and made a sample on that. And it was perfect!

Problem solved. Put 1 coat of white primer over the existing yellow and follow that with 2 coats of pure white. One of those little details Ralph left out of his instructional video- the existing wall color will influence the color of the Suede finish!

Ralph also said we could put on the 1st coat with a roller, but, that didn’t work out for us,so we wound up brushing on 3 coats of Suede, even though it was supposed to only take 2 coats.

That’s a total of 6 coats of paint. I had planned on 2. But it was worth it, the finished walls do look like suede and it is just the look my customer was looking for. She is very pleased.

Judge for yourself.

The Before Shot. The Red Paper Is Covering A Brand New Just Refinished Wood Floor.

The Before Shot. The Red Paper Is Covering A Brand New, Just Refinished Wood Floor.

Luis Fauxman Cutting A straight Line.

Luis Fauxman Cutting A straight Line.

1st Coat Of Suede.

1st Coat Of Suede.

The Finished Product- Suede Walls, Whitewashed Wainscoting And Refinished Cabinet.

The Finished Product- Suede Walls, Whitewashed Wainscoting And Refinished Cabinet.

I Really Like This Look.

I Really Like This Look.

About jody toole

Jody Toole began his career in the painting and finishing industry in the early 1970's. In 1978 he was issued Contractor's License # 357067 (Class C33 Painting & Decorating) by the state of California. At this time he and a partner ran a painting & finishing business. In 1986 Mr. Toole, along with his partner, co-authored a book for painting contractors- Paint Contractor's Manual. As of this writing Paint Contractors Manual is still in print and to date has sold almost 40,000 copies. Today Mr. Toole runs Jody Toole's Professional Finishes as the sole owner. When asked to describe what his company does this is what he had to say- " We put color on wood. We hand mix stains and glazes. We do color matching, distressing, antiquing, refinishing, painted finishes and paint & glaze finishes. Some of the 'looks' we create are Tuscany, French Country, Italian Classic, Rustic, and traditional paint & glaze finishes." And his guiding philosophy- " Get the color right. Above all else, get the color right. And then get the "look." And when these two are right and your customer is beaming then give them a long-lasting durable finish."
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2 Responses to Faux Finishing, Pasadena, CA- Another James Barry Job

  1. I like this finish too – I have it in my home, and I had to brush on the 2 coats just like you – rolling didn’t work for me either. The only problem I have with this finish is it gets stained easily, so it should only be used in low traffic areas like bedrooms or reading rooms.


  2. Bonnie Shimasaki says:

    Jody Toole and Luis worked so hard on this project. The bookcase was 20years old or more and stained a medium brown to fit into an English decor. They stripped the cabinet and stained it to look like weathered wood.
    The collaboration on this project was pretty extensive w/the bookcase, the wainscoating and the suede on the walls. Each application required a lot of mixing and patience on Jody’s part. The outcome is spectacular with the cowboy/western motif anchored by the walls, wainscoating and bookcase.
    Jody also did a remarkable job on my kitchen remodel 5 years ago. The country french weathered cabinets have held up marvelously. In this kitchen, Jody worked w/me to do 3 different finishes on the cabinets and island. The first for him was the black island w/red undertones – many tries, many mixes, much patience and the result was phenomenal. This look is still vogue in “painted” surfaces and still looks like new.

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