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Faux finishes help to bring a room together by tying together the colors used in the room. Joe creates finishes to blend all aspects of a room, including furniture, wall hangings or floor treatments. Faux finishes can also help to soften a room. Examples of faux finishes are suede, striĆ©, adobe, mottled suede, crackle, moiré, or venetian plaster, and each of these can be rendered with additional texturing. Finishes are used on walls, floors, and furniture, as well as switch plates, outlets or vents.

Once Joe has a good idea of what his client's wishes are, he will work up a sample board for approval. He uses his own tints to change or make up his paint colors as needed. He can match wallpaper or other objects in a room, such as shower curtains or wood.

With faux finishes or just a high quality straight finish, preparation is the name of the game—deliberate and exacting—and each area is meticulously scrutinized with a work light. His rooms are cordoned off with plastic and taped to protect surface areas. Walls become sound, secure, smooth and ready for priming by patching, installing mesh tape, sanding or caulking. Dust is minimized by using an orbital sander attached to a shop vac. With proper preparation, specialty finishes can last for many, many years.

Painted surfaces often include a prime coat, 1 to 3 faux finish coats, depending on the finish, and often a glaze coat or a finish coat. Surface areas are all washable—smudges and dirt can easily be removed with any cleaner.