Faux this or Faux that — Special Painting Techniques

July 22, 2015 | posted in: Blog | by

What are Faux Finishes?

When a finish replicates the appearance and texture of other materials, such as wood, stone, or marble, the technique used is called faux. There are many types of faux finishes; this article will discuss some of them.

Venetian Plaster

This technique uses thin layers of plasterbuild up in a manner that when complete, mimics marble. An illusion of texture and depth is created by applying paint with a spatula and then burnishingfor smoothness.

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Milk is composed from the proteincaseinand lime/calcium. Casein paints are available in many varietiesat specialty paint stores. The reason for the popularity of this technique is that it containsall natural ingredients, making it not only environment-friendlybut unique in its appearance. Available in 20 different colors, Milk Paint is packaged as a powder.

Old World Impressions

Inspired by plastering methods used during ancient Roman Times, these come in three different varieties:

  • Textured Fresco that reproduces an aged, weathered plaster wall look. Perfect for your foyer or a powder room.
  • Smooth Fresco for a softer, earthy texture and rustic appeal that would suit your dining room.
  • High Polish Fresco that simulates the classical architecture of the Renaissance era with its glossy, marble-like appearance.It will make any kitchen or library perk up!


Tiny twinkling specks catch the light and give the room a whimsical, iridescent look. It may be applied as a veil on walls or simply as a transparent topcoat. Ideal for children’s rooms or the walls of a dining room. This finish is also easy to clean, extremely durable and minimizes lingering odors.


A simple but sophisticated look that has been popular since the 18th century as an inexpensive way of imitating the marble floors found in classical buildings. Ideal for your porch or any outdoor living area since it addsan illusion of space and character to them.

We hope we sparked an idea or two on how to use faux finishing in your home through this article.

Wondering which color to choose? Check out our article, How Do I Choose a Paint Color?

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