If Venetian plasterers are looking for a poster boy, they could scarcely do better than Design Star castoff Courtland Bascon. Known for faux finishes and V-neck shirts, he caused quite a stir during the seventh episode when he outed himself.
As a straight guy.
What were your immediate thoughts when you saw what you had to work with for this last challenge?
It was almost like I had a flashback and I was spending the summer at my grandmother’s place in Rhode Island. We knew going into the challenge we were going to have to repurpose a lot.
What made you decide to recreate your cello-inspired wall this time around?
I wish someone had knocked me over the head and said, “Hey, Courtland, listen…this wall looks just like the Sedona, AZ wall!” During this challenge, I had a lot of build-outs. I did the tables, I did two vases, the valances, the ottoman for Casey, and a lot of other things that were more important to my inspiration besides that god-awful orange wall. If I could’ve gone back and done something different, I probably would’ve left it plain and then addressed the rest of the room. Since the show, I’ve been labeled the faux finish guy. To be honest with you, a lot of the work that I do doesn’t actually revolve around faux finishing. During the challenges, if I had to add some texture or add some color somewhere, it’s such a quick application that you can do it in a matter of a half hour. With faux finishing, it’s a hit or miss and I missed a couple times.
Your portfolio has a lot of those finishes in it.
I’m actually certified in Italian Venetian plaster–the real old-world Venetian plaster. We’re using crushed quartz and lime and marble dust to create texture and it’s the same application that they used to use. The finishes I’ve used in the show were all done in the faux sense of a layered application.