faux finishes Columns

October 14, 2014

Dear Debbie,

 

I have a large poster in colours that radiate the awesome beauty of the desert that I bought while travelling in the U.S. Southwest. I’d like to put it above my bed. Should I have it framed? What’s the best way to hang it? Thanks,

Leona

Dear Leona,

This is a good question. Posters that you want to last need some form of protection. Framing is your best choice. For large pictures this can be expensive, but you can search out stores that provide self-framing. They supply the materials and you do the work yourself. Or you can make a frame with just a few simple tools...

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September 29, 2014
Two shades of metallic paint are mixed with glaze to create realistic steel panels in a modern condo.

Dear Debbie,

I am tempted to try to use metallic paint that I have seen in the store, but before I buy it I’d like to know more about it. Do I dilute the paint? Do I use regular paint tools? Can I apply it over wood or on a wall?

Kit

Dear Kit,

Metallic paint is just as versatile as regular paint and has many exciting decorative possibilities...

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August 25, 2014

Dear Debbie,

 

We are redecorating an older home that has less-than-perfect walls. I have read about your paint techniques that can camouflage dents and cracks, but what about wallpaper? Our style is modern and I don’t think textured paint finishes would work here.

Sandra

Dear Sandra,

 

The paint techniques that camouflage imperfections are typically ones that suit styles that incorporate frescoes, marbling effects or layers of shading (aging techniques) that break up the solid surface to such an extent that the mars on the wall almost become invisible, or simply don’t matter. These are a great solution for rooms that are Victorian, Italian Renaissance or other styles that suit aged or complex patterns. Modern rooms call for simpler techniques. You can texture your walls, but with a more contemporary pattern. That’s where the new textured wallpapers come in. Of particular interest are the paintable wallpapers, as you can paint them any colour that fits your decor. 

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