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Faux Finishes by All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc 310-470-9218

We currently do not provide Faux Finish services.  

All Los Angeles Painting Company Inc. 310-470-9218 is a leading installer of residential faux finishes.  All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. can match or create special finishes or faux finishes for any design scheme.  Call All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. to discuss your faux finishing project.      

In Los Angeles, faux finishing or special finishing is an easy and popular way to add decorative interest to interior painted surfaces.  Faux finishing refers to decorative painting techniques that combine paint and other elements to deepen color, add texture and personalize design.  Faux finishes have historically been used for interiors, but can also be used as exterior finishes.  Traditionally, faux finishes referred to the replication of natural materials such as wood grain and marble through the use of paints.  Today, faux finishing is used as a general term for all kinds of creatively painted surfaces.   

Faux finishing applied to wall, ceiling or trim surfaces allows one to create the illusion of stonework, wallpaper, cracked plaster, add softness to an austere decor, or age a surface to give it a timeless appeal.  Ceilings can be finished to look like a painted dome, canopy or cathedral.  Ordinary painted woodwork can be faux finished to look like any type of wood or stone.  While the scope fo faux finishes are limitless, below are a few examples of popular techniques. 

The fresco look is created by wrapping cheesecloth around a paint roller.  After applying a base coat (white or colored) to the wall, choose complimentary colors of glaze and paint.  Pour a little of each color into the two top corners of the paint tray.  Push the roller into the colors so that each end of the roller absorbs a different color.  roll over the wall and blend.  Alternatively, you can create the look and feel of Venetian plaster by adding ground limestone or marble dust to your paint to give it pigment. 

To craft the ethereal hue of twilight, apply a tinted but transparent glaze over a base coat.  The darkness of the base coat and the number of layers of glaze applied creates a saturated appearance and works well in dark reds, greens and blues.  The mark of a professional job is a consistent application of the glaze and no bunching of material at corners or around trim.   

The appearance of shifting color density leaves the impression of well-worn leather or soft, faded chambray.  Tie a crumpled rag around the roller and apply the paint as you normally would use the roller and paint tray.  Use a hand held rag to smooth the color in corners and around trim.  The mark of a professional job is a consistent application with no color bunching. 

The Combing technique uses a small steel or plastic toothed comb pulled through wet paint or glaze. It creates simple vertical or horizontal lines, cross-hatching, or basket weaving patterns. 

Antique Crackling 
This sophisticated finish looks like cracked old paint. The undercoat shows through the cracked topcoat. A quick-drying topcoat paint applied over a slow-drying paint for the undercoat produces this interesting effect.  There are many types of crackling paint finishes sold at specialty paint stores.  

You need a stippling brush for this decorative treatment. Stippling brushes are found at specialty paint stores.  Stippling is a two part process.  Apply two coats of basecoat of paint to the surface and let it dry.  After the basecoat os dry, apply a tinted glaze to the wall.  Pounce the stippler onto the surface. Your actions with the stippler should cause the glaze to disperse into tiny dots.

One of the more common faux finishes, but dated and not used much any more.  It was one of the first faux finishes widely used and was very popular in the 1980's.  It involves painting the wall with a base coat (white or colored), dabbing a sponge in a separate color and pouncing the sponge on the walls to give the walls a mottled look of aged porcelain ranging from almost imperceptible to very dark and heavy.  Once applied to the wall, color can applied or removed with the sponge.  Use of a rounded natural sea sponge is recommended for this type of work. 

This simple faux finish technique involves painting a room completely in one color, measuring out equal sized stripes (usually 5" or 7" wide) and taping off panels of every other 5-7" stripe on your wall with decorator's tape and paper and painting stripes .  Paint with a complimentary color or the same color but in a different sheen gives the impression of fine linen abstracted on walls once it is finished.  All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. prefers to use a same color on color stripe using alternating flat and eggshell paints of the same color to give an elegant one color stripe pattern.  

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