I am going to do a roman clay faux finish in black for my entryway and the laundry room makeover for the One Room Challenge this week! Let me show you how I am making it!
Have you ever seen a roman clay focal wall? They are so beautiful. The colors are usually soft and muted and it’s meant to look like an old-world roman clay finish like you see in Italy and sometimes France.
I have an easy faux clay recipe up my sleeve and I couldn’t wait to use it for the One Room Challenge Project.
Roman Clay Faux Finish Recipe
How I made my roman clay faux finish
- Joint Compound
This is the joint compound I used
- Add Paint
I used the color Blackboard from Joanna Gaines and her eggshell Magnolia paint line
- Mix together
Mix 2 parts joint compound to 1 part paint. It’s easier to use a mixer attachment on your drill than hand mixing, but I couldn’t find mine.
I use 2 metal trowels to apply the clay to the wall. One is simply to “scoop” the product onto my trowel and scrapes it clean as I go.
- Applying the product to the wall
Apply a generous amount of product to your trowel and pull over the wall at a 45-degree angle.
Don’t spread it too thin.
Add the next scoop to the wall and then begin to smooth as you go.
Once you have enough product you will find it easier to smooth as you go.
You have plenty of working time with this mix so don’t rush.
You can fix mistakes too.
Tips for Faux Roman Clay Application
- Use a metal trowel with rounded edges if possible. The rounded edges will save you from sharp lines and gauges in your finish.
- Do two or more coats. Once the first layer is dry you will be able to see where you need to add more for full coverage. You may need three coats if you are going to lighthanded with the product.
- Don’t be too lighthanded with the product. Find the right amount for full coverage, but not so much that you have runs and thick spots.
- Scrape all of the product off of your trowel with the metal scraper and clear your chatter marks with a clean trowel.
- Mix enough product for the entire project at once for color consistency.
You can check out my mood board for the One Room Challenge Spring 2022 project and see where we are going with it!
Next up I’ll be building the moulding and fun pegs for the space.
You can see what all of the One Room Challenge participants are up to here! There are some amazing projects going on!