We have just purchased another house and our goal is to replicate the wall appearance found in the popular Italian restaurant Olive Garden. We have searched the internet and checked the supplies of local builders, but to no avail, to find prefab wall panels similar to restaurants. Finally, we thought it was time to build the walls ourselves.
After a lot of research, we discovered that we can use an artificial painting form to replicate the appearance. Now, we believe we have found the secret to imitating these beautiful walls, although the process is relatively simple. The steps we use are as follows:
- Prime the wall or surface with a high-quality primer
- Smooth the joint material to achieve the desired texture
- Base the wall again to protect the texture just created
- Paint the wall twice with the primer you decide to use
- Apply “Aqua Bond” or “Aqua Cream” glaze colored with “Aqua Color” and apply with a ¾-inch nap roller to cover the rough surface of the new wall texture.A good choice is to color tan to brown-green in a ratio of 3:1
- Wipe off the glaze immediately. The glaze will adhere to all kinds of cracks and crevices.
When applying and removing the glaze, there must be some extra assistance to your hands, because the glaze tends to dry out quickly. Make sure to use high-quality glazes, because cheap glazes simply cannot provide the desired effect you want.
I prefer “Aqua Cream” glaze. This is an excellent choice to replicate the appearance of an olive garden. The glaze is easy to paint, it can be wiped off without any problems at the edges, and then back to the wall area, almost without adding lines. This is a very durable glaze and does not actually require additional topcoat. You should remember that if your primer is not completely acrylic, the glaze will penetrate the wall very quickly.
An interesting note about the Oliver Garden wall is that only the top third of the wall is actually glazed. It starts when the glaze is darkest at the top, and then gradually fades until there is no glaze on the lower part of the wall. The wall texture is serious, which will create the illusion of increased depth caused by shadows. This is a deliberate attempt to make the maintenance of the wall easier because it can be repaired more easily when needed.
If you follow these simple instructions and use the best quality products, it will be difficult to replicate this effect and show such an alluring appeal on Olive Garden. That is the secret of success.
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