January 14, 2016

the easy way to lacquer a ceiling

Cottages and Bungalows Feb March 2016 COVER

Thank you, Cottages and Bungalows! I am so grateful to have a favorite TZD project — my guest bedroom collaboration with Laura Ashley — in the February/March 2016 issue, on newsstands now.

TZD in Cottages and Bungalows

By now, you are familiar with the amazing products I used in the room, including Laura Ashley “Aviary Garden Apple” wallpaper, the CR Laine “Bowman” chairs upholstered in Laura Ashley “Corby Check Chamomile” fabric, the Ro Sham Beaux “Lily” chandelier, the incredible art by Alexis Walter (long time TZD fave!) and the Taylor Burke Home “Kelly” bench.

Laura Ashley Guest Room with Taylor Burke Bench

There’s one thing I haven’t shared about the bedroom makeover, however, and that’s the secret behind the lacquered ceiling. Three cheers for Devoe Paint’s Mirrolac!

Traci Zeller for Domino Laura Ashley Guest Room Light Fixture

Is the Mirrolac finish exactly the same as a “true” lacquer (typically accomplished through meticulous sanding and patching until the walls are completely smooth and then spray-applied in multiple coats)? Of course not. Does the Mirrolac finish give a lacquered appearance? Absolutely! Pale yellow (Richard’s Paint “Egg Noodle”) isn’t a color you often see in lacquer, but the liquid-like surface gives the entire room a certain luminosity that it wouldn’t have otherwise. Importantly, because Mirrolac is applied like “regular” paint, the process wasn’t any more time-consuming or expensive than it would have been otherwise.

If you are in Charlotte, North Carolina like I am, and you’d like to create a similar look in your own home, Frank at Eastway Paint is the guy to see! Devoe Paint has since become part of PPG Pittsburgh Paints, so if you live in another area, I would suggest visiting a local PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealer.

Now that you know how easy a lacquered look can be, what will you lacquer first?

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