In addition to my recent faux finish repair work, I also enjoy doing new faux painting jobs like the one I just finished in Lexington!
This job is in a new-construction home, where the designer specified a “polished patina” finish for the top of the walls and ceiling in an otherwise wood-paneled library. In the “before” pictures below, you can see that the dark wood created a rich and warm feeling when the walls and ceiling were just plaster white – and this was nicely enhanced by the faux paint finish the designer chose.
The “polished “patina” look required a few base coats, plus 2 coats of the patina finish, which is an extra thick paint that is rubbed across the surface with a tool that resembles a plastic dough scraper (as I remember them from my teenage years working in a Dunkin’ Donuts!). This creates a hand-rubbed look and a smooth finish that looks like old parchment with a little bit of shimmer. The choice of the gold color even looks a bit like gold leaf!
Whether you think it looks like parchment or gold leaf, the result is really spectacular. The contractor and realtor are thrilled, and I’m sure the buyer of this home will enjoy it for years to come!