Textured Finishes for a Hamptons Waterfront Home

Today I’m sharing the living room at a project in Westhampton that we finished almost a year ago. We recently had the home professionally photographed by Michelle Trani Scotto of Sequined Asphalt Studio. Today I’m sharing the before and after with photos I took during the process of creating the textured finishes. I had worked with the home owners on several previous projects, but this time I was fortunate to be involved from planning through construction and installation. So, involved in fact, I executed the textured finishes myself. Climbing the scaffold was probably the biggest challenge on this project, but I think it was worth it…

Living Room wall with base coat of paint
First the painters applied a base coat to the walls for me.
Top of the scaffold starting to add the sandstone texture to the living room walls
Then, I climbed the scaffolding and started to apply the sandstone textured finish
A close-up of the finish being troweled on.
Here you can see the sandstone texture closely as it’s applied
One wall completed with textured sand stone finish
This is the wall after the texture is applied and dry.

The finish on the wood fireplace surround on the opposite side of the room was next. The painters stained the panels for me with Amy Howard at Home furniture stain which I love for the warm brown tone and that it is made of crushed walnut shells. It’s the only stain I know of that has no odor. It is a perfect base for the chalk based paint finish that I applied after for an aged texture.

Unfinished Wood Fireplace Surround
The fireplace around at the start of stain application
Wood fireplace surround stained
Here you can see the fireplace almost completely stained. I took this photo from the top of the scaffolding while I was finishing the walls
Top View of stained wood fireplace surround
This was my bird’s eye view looking down as I began to add the painted finish on the fireplace
application of chalk paint finish
A close-up of the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint application

I used several Amy Howard at Home products on the fireplace to get a warn painted look. The Furniture Stain was applied first. The warm brown of the crushed walnut shells was the perfect base coat. Then, I applied One Step Paint in Luxe Grey. Lastly, I applied Light Wax. These things combined to create the time worn look I was after for this project.

Chalk painted wood fireplace surround
Here the painted finish is almost complete

It was a few months later that window treatments were installed and furniture in place.


View of the the finished room. Photo by Sequined Asphalt Studio.
Second view of the room. Photo by Sequined Asphalt Studio


I love how the sliding barn door works with the textured walls. The home owner wanted a relaxed, updated traditional style. The home is a second home on the water in Westhampton and is used mostly on weekends most of the year and throughout the summer. This space is great for gathering anytime.

What do you think? Would you like to spend time in this room? I’d love to hear your thoughts. So, let me know.

Pool table, Floors are hand sewn, pre-finished, oak by Kahrs, Roman Shade farbic by Schumacher, Pool table light fixture, mirror, sofas, chandelier, swivel chairs available through Sea Green Designs. email us at [email protected]




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