In addition to murals and fireplaces, I have done a variety of faux wall finishes and bold geometric designs. The most common faux finish is one that gives the space a feeling of age or richness, but as the word "faux" is simply French for false or fake, virtually anything under the sun can be "fauxed." Finishes may be done in acrylic or oil based paints, for a few I even used wood stain (and a respirator!).  

Faux Finishes
Artists' oils
Artists' oils

An early job of mine, this finish took tube after tube of 5 different oil paint paints. Each day for nearly three weeks I would come in and spend the first 30 minutes creating the paint mixes I would use that day. Then square inch by square inch, sponge and cheese cloth in hand, I would apply my colors, blending and sculpting the glaze in this two story entry hall.

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Oil glazes
Oil glazes
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Oil glazing
Oil glazing
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Tea staining with a twist
Tea staining with a twist

Many clients wanted the aging look of tea staining (a taupe colored glaze), but this client wanted more of a southwestern flavor to her glaze color.

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A two color "double roll"
A two color "double roll"
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Two color sheep skin roller
Two color sheep skin roller
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Red & gold dining room
Red & gold dining room
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Antiquing glaze over red and gold
Antiquing glaze over red and gold
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Golden sponge applied finish
Golden sponge applied finish
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Geometrics- Worth the Price
5 color harlequin on curved wall
5 color harlequin on curved wall

Among the most challenging & expensive geometric finishes in the harlequin. The layout alone can take days because it must be measured meticulously, then every diamond has to be taped off prior to painting.

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Harlequin entry & formal dining
Harlequin entry & formal dining
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Little girl's harlequin
Little girl's harlequin
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Bold geometeric
Bold geometeric
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Striping
Striping
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Very large harlequin over texture
Very large harlequin over texture
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Striping & stamping
Striping & stamping
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Detail- faux tile
Detail- faux tile
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Multiple designs- LOTS of taping!
Multiple designs- LOTS of taping!
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Stone Works & Grown-Up Murals
Faux stone
Faux stone

Faux stone creations require every single stone be hand painted, highlighted and shadowed.

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Faux stone/ plaster breakaway
Faux stone/ plaster breakaway
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My first faux stone
My first faux stone
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Detail, stone
Detail, stone
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Garden bath
Garden bath

This faux stone & trompe l'oeil garden scene were crafted with joint compound. Every grout line is taped off, then mud compound is troweled over the surface. As it starts to set up, the tape is peeled off & the borders of each stone are sculpted to ensure they aren't too sharp. The process allows for me to then come in & hand paint each stone according to the texture created by the mud. The window was created the same way, giving me a slightly recessed surface up which to create this garden.

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Detail- stone
Detail- stone
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An Italian street scene- in process
An Italian street scene- in process

This very large mural was created in a fairly narrow entry hall.

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Italy- in process
Italy- in process
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Detail- faux marble
Detail- faux marble
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