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Dark Venetian faux finished fireplace

Black marble faux painted fireplace for a Scottsdale home

Faux painted Canter stone for a Mesa home

Square faux stone columns for a Scottsdale home

Faux plastered brickwork and distressed plaster for a Mesa home

Faux stone columns for the entry in a North Scottsdale home

Faux painted marble mantle for a Scottsdale home

Faux stone painted fireplace for a Glendale home

Faux painted fireplace for a Scottsdale home

Columns painted to look like stone for a Scottsdale home

Trompe l'oeil exposed bricks for the kitchen of a Scottsdale home

Trompe l'oel broken plaster and exposed blockwork for a North Scottsdale home

Trompe l'oel broken plaster, exposed blockwork and wild flowers for a North Scottsdale home

Trompe l'oel broken plaster and exposed blockwork for a Gilbert home

Faux travertine marble fireplace for the Living Room of a Litchfield Park home

Bricks repainted to look like brick and match decor for a Scottsdale home

Faux finished stone fireplace for the Living Room of a Scottsdale home

Faux Breccia marble table top

Faux marble tiles for niche back and ledge painted to match discontinued floor tiles in a Paradise Valley home

Faux concrete hearth for family room painted to match real concrete hearth in living room of a North Scottsdale home

Faux marble column painted to match foyer floor tiles in a North Phoenix home

Faux stone columns painted with carved flutes for a Paradise Valley home

Faux stone columns painted to match living room fireplace in a Paradise Valley home

Faux marble columns painted to match floor tiles with accent base and header for a Mesa home

Faux stone columns for Master Bathroom in a Scottsdale home

Faux marble columns painted to match travertine floor tiles in a Scottsdale home

Faux painted stone fireplace for a formal living room in a North Scottsdale home

Faux painted limestone fireplace for the great room in a Litchfield Park home

Faux painted stone fireplace for formal living room in a Paradise Valley home

 
Faux stone . . .

is a common finish for columns and fireplaces. The application method used depends on the type of stone being represented. For most finishes the first coat is applied by ragging followed by other colors applied with a combination of rags, brushes and/or sponges. Sponges used sparingly are ideal for adding the texture of more porous rocks, while flicking the bristles of a toothbrush partially loaded with paint can give the speckled appearance of embedded minerals. Cracks and veining can be added with a small artists brush, swordliner (a special kind of brush developed for marbling) or elephant ear sponges. Some textures are better achieved by merging the colors as they are applied and are still wet rather than waiting for each layer to dry. This requires a fast application and can be tricky when working around columns.

Faux tiles . . .

depend on the proportion between tile size and grouting width, and a consistent shadow to create the illusion of being real. They also need to be the right size to suit the space they’re for. The easiest way I’ve found to paint tiles is to paint the grout color first. Wait for it to dry then mark up and mask the grout lines. Once these are masked, paint the tiles themselves. When you’ve finished, remove the masking and add any shadows and highlights as necessary. This way you only have to lay one line of tape for each grout line, you get a consistent line width, and it’s a lot easier to put the shadows and highlights in when there’s a clean edge to work to.

Faux Concrete . . .

is as much about surface as it is about coloring. Most concrete is pretty smooth, especially when its been polished, so the first stage may well need to be to smooth out the surface you’re going to be working on. For a real smooth, cool, stone-like feel you could use Venetian Plaster, but a regular, finishing plaster will work too. When choosing the paint, you can either go for a flat finish and apply a satin sealer over the top, or use eggshell or satin sheen paints (depending on the manufacturer).

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For more information, to see my portfolio, request a free consultation or estimate, or simply to ask a question, contact me – Doug Morris: 480.232.9778 | doug(@)fineartdecor.net.

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