Deco Strie is what I call this new technique.

This is a new faux finish technique I came up recently.   It was applied to a set of four rectangular (not round) columns.  Initially the client had suggested marble for the columns.  Why is it that marble is the first thing that pops into a clients head when they have columns?  Oh well.

As these columns were not circular but rectangular in shape, I explained that I could execute  almost any of my faux  techniques to them successfully.   We did want to accentuate the length and vertical aspects of the columns so I created a strie effect but with a metallic twist to add some drama to them.  Here are the instructions.  I hope you try it out and incorporate into your portfolio.


Product list;   Black satin paint,  black acrylic venetian plaster (the cheapest you can buy ie Home Depot) ,

Palette Deco,  is a metallic paste plaster material from Faux Effects International.

You will need to order both Gold and Bronze Palette Deco.

Stain and Seal a furniture staining product,  can also be ordered through  Faux Effects.   Order the  Rich Brown color.

Procedure:     Paint your surface with two coats of the black satin paint.   Using a short nap roller, roll on a not too thin but not too thick coat of the black acrylic venetian plaster.   The idea is to have a thick enough coat of plaster that you can create grooves in it later.  Allow the black venetian plaster to “set up” a while,  that is let it dry to the point where it is no longer squishy or fluid.

OK , here is what I mean,  you want the plaster to dry enough so that you can create grooves through it with a wall paper brush without the plaster sagging back together.  Try it once, you’ll quickly see what  I mean.

As I mentioned above, once the black VP had dried enough, take a stiff bristled wall paper brush and create your scratches/grooves through the VP starting from top to bottom.  Work in as straight a line as possible but don’t sweat it if your lines are less than perfectly straight  up and down.    What you don’t want to do is stop your vertical motion until you reach the bottom on the wall.

Allow the black VP to dry  THOROUGHLY.  Remember the VP will be somewhat thick in areas so allow ample time to dry.

Mix Gold  and Bronze  Palette Deco at a ratio of 8 parts gold to one part bronze creating a “off gold” color.

With a rubber trowel or even a small Bondo knife trowel the Palette Deco mixture over the dried striations of black VP.

Trowel the Gold mix vertically only,  follow the  striations of dried VP.  Allow the Gold mix to fill in the grooves.

The Gold mix will also “ride” the black VP ridges giving them a slight goldish tone but still leaving them black.  You want that to happen so that there isn’t  a stark contrast between the black VP ridges and the Gold in between the ridges.   The finish looks better that way and besides you can’t avoid it.   You may need to slightly scrape the top of the ridges to remove enough of the Gold to reveal the black.   You’ll see,   this finish really does itself.

Allow this Gold Palette Deco material to dry over night.

The next day, create a stain wash by mixing one part Rich Brown Stain and Seal with 3 parts water.  Use this stain wash and a moist sponge to give the entire surface a light all over wash.  Again, it is important to work vertically.  Have a clean dry cloth to remove and excess stain.  The goal is to give the entire surface a unifying tone.

As an option and for added  protection, you can roll on a gloss top coat.   Both finishes look great and are very distinctive looking.

Any questions, just ask.

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