Entries in faux finish (6)
Our favorite use for Sandstone texture is to apply it to architectural elements like columns, moldings and coffered ceilings. Sandstone also looks amazing when applied in stone-block patterns or in combination with three-dimensional stenciling (photo on a right).
We created this English-style plastering finish about ten years ago when we were commissioned to faux finish a Gothic-style private mansion in Mahwah, New Jersey. Rustic in feel and appearance, the finish is a perfect match for historical homes and restoration projects. Several times we used it to finish home offices, billiard rooms and even one master bedroom. This finish combines well with dark stained mahogany or oak. Like many rustic finishes English-style plastering gets better over time when it becomes naturally weathered and develops some crackles.
We developed a line of synthetic concrete finishes as an alternative to finishes done with real concrete, since it's very messy and harder to work with. Synthetic concrete can be applied in a very thin layer from 1/16 to 1/8” and directly over sheetrock. Synthetic concrete comes premixed in cans, so there is no mess associated with mixing material on job site. Material can be tinted and beautifully accepts glazes and steins.
We present these two techniques together because they are done in a similar ways: during application some imperfections are left on a surface and than these imperfections are filled with wax or other transparent compound tinted with pigments or metallic powder. Both techniques are very popular.
The finish on the left photo is about ¼” thick and polished to a mirror shine. It’s done with 8 layers of Marmorino compound and is very time consuming and priced accordingly. Usually we do this technique on a featuring wall, inside picture frame moldings or under Charerail molding.
The finish on the photo in the middle is done with synthetic Venetian stucco and wax tinted gold mica powder. It’s one of the least expensive Venetian stucco finishes we do.