Monday, May 16, 2011

What is Faux Finishing?

Normally when someone brings us furniture or other pieces to refinish they want an authentic antique finish which means we actually distress the piece. But, sometimes people want a Faux Finish which is a French word meaning "False". Faux Painting or Faux Finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. These techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture. This look is very popular on cabinets and furniture today, but you have to be very careful when applying it to pieces in your home because if it's not done right it will look cheap very quickly. This piece below was Faux Finished for one of our customers because she wanted something very decorative that stood out in her home. She wanted it to look time worn and give the illusion that the paint was very old, dirty and chipping without actually doing it. I enjoy Faux Finishing because it requires a lot of creativity when your trying to give the illusion of an aged piece of furniture with just paint. We have a Kitchen Cabinet Faux Finishing job coming up and will post pictures of the before and after so you can see the transformation. It adds value to your home when you refinish your cabinets, so if you have been thinking of having this done give us a call and we would be happy to give you a quote. Enjoy the pictures of this latest piece and some others from a while back that were Faux Finished.

Antique White finish with a light Glaze for a slight aged look of this bedroom set. Notice how the glaze sits really nicely in the carved areas of the pieces.

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