Stunning Faux Marble Details
written & published by Doug Stahnke at ePlanSets.com 04-04-2008
When is a picture worth a thousand words? When you see what design artist Doug Stahnke can achieve by using faux marble finishing techniques on decorative projects.
Stahnke, who operates his own web-based company, ePlanSets.com, specializes in designing furniture, basic woodturning lathe projects and craft projects such as faux marble painting. For several recent projects, he used his faux marble design artistry talents on a number of candleholders, table centerpieces, and executive desk clocks.
"A faux marble finish can add so much to these kinds of projects," says Stahnke. "The marble finishes add the 'WOW' factor."
Stahnke stresses that novice do-it-yourselfers can easily tackle faux marble projects of their own. "Start by looking on the Internet and in magazines for inspiration and ideas," says Stahnke.
"Preparation is key. Make sure you select professional-grade paints and tools, have a well-lit workspace and wear protective gloves. Once you start, choose your colors wisely. Dark marbling veins over a lighter base coats can be very effective."
Other tips offered by Stahnke to successfully faux marble finish your projects include:
- Follow the manufacturer's directions on products and don't shortcut. Some paints need to dry many hours before you can add another paint layer.
- Practice on scrap pieces to perfect your technique.
- Keep written "recipes" of the paints and colors you use so you can duplicate efforts again in the future.
- Seal pieces that will receive wear and tear. If your creation will be exposed to sunlight, use a sealer containing a UVA and UVB inhibitor.
Stahnke recommends thinking "outside of the box" for developing your faux marble painting skills. "Be creative in your own way. Try new ways of painting. Have fun!"
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