Faux Finishes

Faux painting or Faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The naming comes from the French word faux which translates to “false”. These techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes like leather, stone, plaster and metallic paints for walls and furniture.

Real Finishes-

Throughout this site you will find all types of finishes both real and faux.  Over time all the finishes we create have been lumped into the category of “faux” but a lot of the ones you find on this site are real finishes like Venetian Plaster. Made of water, lime and marble dust, Venetian plaster has been used in Italy for thousands of years. It is also a breathable finish which means it can take in and release water so it makes for a great choice for almost any room including bathrooms. Gold and Silver leaf is another example of a real finish that has been around for thousands of years and still has a place in traditional and contemporary designs.

Faux Finishes-

Like some of the real finishes, true faux finishes like faux wood or faux marble have a very long history in design as well. Examples of faux marble date back to Pompeii times and faux wood was used during the Renaissance. While the word faux might bring to mind images of sponging and rag rolling, the industry has reinvented itself in the last decade. An industry that has put its creativity to good use. Creating new products and new application to inspire. Products like glass beads or metallic plasters, products that can elevate any decor. Whatever finish you decide on, I have hundreds of possibilities for you to choose from and I look forward to working with you on your next project!


Since the first century AD, Plastering techniques and processes remained much the same. While always in use, it was rediscovered and made popular again in the Italian Renaissance. Artists and architects embraced it as both an old and new technique, and Venetian plaster became a highly desired finish for walls. Whether you want heavy texture or high gloss completely smooth, I have an option that will work for you. One popular finishing technique is Venetian Plaster. It involves thin layers of plaster applied with a trowel and then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. This is just one of several plaster finishes, glass beads and 3D gels I offer.

Modern techniques used in a skillful manner replicate century old plasters and years of aging. I’m a firm believer in the adage that less is more.   When I complete my work it makes a great accent or backdrop for your furnishings.   For decades I have been perfecting many traditional finishes and creating new ones that coordinate with contemporary designs.  Let me help you come up with a classically elegant design utilizing faux techniques.

Painted patterns can be applied to many surfaces throughout your business or home.  Use it as and accent or an all over design element on walls, floors or ceilings.   With choices like stripes, diamonds, damask or many other ideas you can easily add structure and style to any space. Used in both traditional and modern spaces, they can be very subtle (tone on tone) to very dramatic. They are also significantly better than wallpaper because I can mathematically fit it to the exact dimensions of the room. No more awkward seams on the repeat or 1/5 of a pattern hanging from the ceiling.

faux wood

It goes by many names Fake Wood, Faux Bois, Wood graining or Faux wood; is a wonderful tool to transform almost any surface. Used convincingly to replicating all types of woods. It is commonly used on kitchen cabinets, cabinets around fireplaces, bathroom vanities, mantels, molding, doors, columns, judges panels, wainscoting and much more. With faux wood, I can replicate natural tones and movement of some of the richest rooms without the cost associated with rebuilding in stain grade woods.

Metallic paints and plasters are wonderful as a simple accent or a dramatic statement.  They  are available in paints, plasters, foil and leafing and can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces.  They elevate the design either in small amounts on moldings, columns and other architectural details or in mass on walls and ceilings. Metallic Leafing comes in a variety of colors (gold, silver, copper, etc.), each hand placed and aged to accent your decor. It is a wonderful addition in dome ceilings, barrel vaulted ceilings as well as niches.  I also offer metallic plasters like Lusterstone or Dune that makes for a great transitional finish.  Glass beads are a new finish I offer that can bring glamour to any surface. 

Adding a faux finish to cabinets is a fantastic way to make them look new and save money. Places where I commonly enhance previously painted surfaces with faux wood or glazing include: kitchen cabinets, cabinets around fireplaces, bathroom vanities, mantels, molding, doors, columns, judges panels, wainscoting and much more.  I often take those items from builder’s white and transform them into different types of faux wood, marble, stone or any finish you can imagine.

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