For over 35 years, Castino Painting and Home Services has helped thousands of homeowners decorate their homes in a new color, design and style. Our faux finishing and paper hanging division is booming.
Not just your Grandmother’s wallpaper anymore!
When you wallpaper a room, you have instant decoration. From boring to bold in a matter of hours! Wallpaper enlivens walls with patterns, texture and designs. It even masks imperfections in plaster and drywall too.
We do not recommend hanging wallpaper yourself! Save your cursing and frustration for something else and hire Castino’s paper hangers! Let us handle everything from removing the paper to patching the walls to hanging it to perfection. Owner Roger Castino believes as man and woman are considering marriage, they should wallpaper the bathroom together and they’ll find out if they are compatible or not!
Faux painting or Faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. It fools the eye into thinking that walls look textured. The name comes from the French word faux, meaning false, as these techniques started to replicate materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture.
Today, there are two major materials and processes used in faux finishing. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula.
Be sure to check out Castino’s comprehensive faux finishing portfolio. You will surely get some new ideas for your home!
Types of Faux Finishing Techniques
- Marbleizing is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques.
- Graining wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
- Trompe l’oeil “trick the eye” in French, is a painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details.
- Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional decorations.
- Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
- Strie from the French word meaning “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
- Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.