Next to children's spaces, fireplaces are my favorite thing to do. The technique and materials used to create the specific finish or look a client is going for is a challenge, and one I've always enjoyed. From the first time a friend asked, "Could you faux my boring white fireplace?" to the last stroke of grout on my tile work, my fireplaces have been enlivening living rooms for well over a decade now. 

Acrylic & Oil Glazes Over Painted Wood 
Cast Concrete
Tile Make-Overs

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Acrylic woodgraining over cast concrete

Here is what a wood grain project looks like in progress. The surface is cleaned and primed, and then I begin "creating wood" with artist acrylics.