Wall Options
The following story appeared in American Painting Contractor, March 2006

Showcasing Artistic Excellence

Gary Lord Wall Options creates metallic magnificence

For most of his career, Gary Lord, owner of Gary Lord Wall Options & Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio, has displayed a good portion of his decorative painting techniques in home shows.

"In these home shows, my company has painted hundreds of different rooms and finishes overthe years in the pursuit of unique techniques that were never showcased anywhere else before," says Lord "This philosophy has allowed us to continue to strive for new artistic excellence through using an endless array of old and new products and tools."

And such was the case with this award-winning project. Lord explained that the builder of this particular project wanted unique state-of-the-art techniques with a contemporary/transitional feel to them. That was no problem. Lord had worked with this builder in the past and appreciated the complete trust he put in his crew's artistic talents. But what made this project even more special was the fact that the builder selected one of Lord's longtime favorite interior designers to work on the project with him.

Lord explained that his company had just completed making its new spring 2005 sample collections using many brand new products and tools. It was these new techniques that were the stepping-stone for the whole decorative painting aspects in this home.

The newest product that had the most influence on this project is called Magic Metallic. Lord describes it as a varied product line that creates a real metal finish with actual ground metal particles suspended in an acrylic compound. They can be used alone for an elegant metal finish or combined with Patina or Rapid Rust oxidizers for a unique variety of aged finishes.

On this project, they used a lot of the Steel Metallic paint with the Rapid Rust oxidizer, which allows the steel paint to rust in 24 hours or less. The main area this finish was used in is the three-story tall main wall, which starts in the foyer, goes into the second floor where the kitchen is and ends up at the top level where it is a family game room area.

This wall started out with a Sherwin Williams eggshell latex paint in a Kraft paper brown color. The walls were then skim coated with a metallic plaster called LusterStone in a custom tinted brown/taupe color. The next step was to apply a LusterStone color called Jade Green and with a stainless steel trowel apply a sheer skip trowel texture over the entire surface. Then they applied the Steel Metallic paint by rolling it onto the surface with 4-inch Whizz Rollers. At the highest area of the wall, they completely covered the surface with this paint.

"As we transitioned to the next floor, we started to break up the coverage of the steel paint with less and less material on the wall. By the time we reached the level between the second and first floor, the material was being almost dry-rolled onto the wall in a large broken fragmented pattern."

After applying double coats of the steel paint at the third floor level to create heavy drips and runs, Lord filled a pump sprayer with Rapid Rust oxidizer and liberally sprayed down the entire wall. And the result is an award-winning finish that complements today's popular rustic decor.

But Lord didn't stop there. Following is a sampling of the unique finishes Lord's crew created by mixing and blending different Magic Metallic finishes with a little technique and a lot of creativity. The following finishes started with a basecoat of Black Aquabond.

"I wish to thank the builder, Jim Cutter, and the interior designer, June Surber, for their wonderful insight for allowing us this much freedom in creating our designs." said Lord. "My staff was at its finest in this project: Casey Clay, Shari Evans, Kris Hampton, Joe Taylor, Dave Texture and Jeff Sutherland."

Congratulations to Gary Lord of Gary Lord Wall Options and his talented crew for showcasing excellence through their exquisite creations of metallic finishes.
Photography by Ron Kolb.