Oh, wow, THANK YOU everyone for your kind remarks and observations.
Doc - That "footstool" is my constant companion. I might leave expensive power tools and lights, specialty paints, ladders, and everything else behind on a job site but never that stool. I can stand on it, sit down to eat lunch and it opens into a toolbox with all of my most-used brushes and handtools in it. I got it as a free gift for opening an account at a bank and wish that I had two more just like it. You wouldn't believe how many other artists have asked me about it and wish they had one.
Robin - It looks like I'll be doing a quickie 1/2 Bath glazing there, the whole kitchen in a plaster and raised stencil design and possibly woodgraining the front door when the temperatures warm up. Great clients!
Bowersbird - The furniture was all stuffed into the little living room when I left but when I return I will be sure to get a pic with the room dressed. I agree, it almost always looks better that way than buck naked like it is now.
Sue Ann - The venetian plaster is Antico from Texstone. It was my first time using their Antico. Highly polished Veneciano is more popular around here and I have used Texstone Marmarino a couple of times too. I like it all! For a good synthetic, I like Modern Masters.
Deb - Yes, smooth walls. My baecoat was a satin finish. The walls and ceiling are 3 layers of metallics. The first layer I did with one of those big spherical beauty sponges, cut in half. I use the flat side and it helps to create a real motion on the wall. The last two layers I rolled on two differnt metallic colors and manipulated it with a big terry-covered carwash sponge. It was my first time trying the carwash sponge and it worked great! I will be using it again, absolutely, especially for large rooms like this one.
For the woodgraining, I mixed together on-the-spot a very deep brown for the flogging. That would be the right side of the crown molding closeup. Then the next glaze was Aquacolor French Red with some raw umber and black added. I offer 3 levels of woodgraining: simple, medium and all-the-way. This is a medium.
Becky - For the black waiscoting, it was first painted in a satin jet black. Then I applied 1 coat of gold glaze followed by 2 coats of black glaze. I use a circular motion. the entire wainscot was suppose to be done but I thought the flat panels looked sort of good just plain black, so that's what we ended up doing. When I have done the flat panels in black, however, I use a slightly different method, mixing gold paint with wax. Gives it a different look. Here is a photo of the wainscoting but in real life the metallic gold is not nearly as prominent as the photo shows:
Here is a different house that I did with the same methods:
Michele, Chris, Laurie, cedarartworld, katsarecool - Thank you very much!