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Cob: DecoratingCharmaine R Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Thu Feb 15 11:52:10 PST 2001
The other ideas posted on herbs and such were great. Distressed old paint is very popular, and recycling things like that is admirable ( I got a 1920's rocker, all chipped up where decades of hands and feet touched it..I love it) You can indeed paint with limewash, you can add pigment or even dry ground clay to limewater to ge paler adobe colors. Some have tried launfry bluing- which is supsended iron particles- to get blue tints. If the cob is dark or dunn colored then a lime plaster will make it quite bright, many don't like it too glaringly white. Adding small amounts of pigments can give you a wide range of colors. SOme builders use a wide-hole salt shaker and shake on the pigments and then swirl it with a trowel to get a wiild color look. ( see pic on http://www.northcoast.com/~tms/lime.html ) Bayferrox sells dry pigments, I have some dark green which makes pale green when used sparingly. www.sinopia.com is another pigment maker, but I haven't used their stuff yet. You can also put on a 1/2" thick layer and block stamp or incise the [plaster with designs, or embed sea shells, or "comb" designs with tools and brushes for a variety of effects. This is called Pargeting and is an old art form of lime decoration. Many people make the upper half of the wall whiter, and leave the cob color lower to keep dirt and scuffs from showing. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing PO Box 6985, Eureka CA 95502 707-441-1632 www.dirtcheapbuilder.com email: books at dirtcheapbuilder.com
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