I had a question from a reader today and the idea of using a Faux Wood Grain Finish popped into my head.
Ok, you asked for it. I haven't exactly started my project yet but I have been reading your informative emails everyday. Actually looking forward to receiving them as they are full of great tips. My project is kind of in the planning stage right now and I could really use some expert advise. I have purchased an old Victorian Mantle and my brother has built a false wall behind it to make a bit of a faux fire box. Herein lies my dilemma...what do I do with the inside. The material on the floor is marble tiles in a whitish pink coral colour. I will be painting the box the same colour as my wall (Cuban Cigar) and the mantle, I thought that I would paint it antique white and maybe rub a glaze over all the carvings to give it a bit of an antique finish. What do you think??? I was thinking of painting faux bricks on the inside but I am not sure of the style or coloring I should go for. Should I do cement block type or brick and if so, what pattern?? Too many questions. I could really use an expert opinion?? I am attaching a picture. Thanks for the wonderful information and inspiration.
This is the picture Cheryl sent in… isn’t this the greatest looking mantle?
It is very Victorian in style and yet has simple clean lines for the most part.
At first I thought that painting the mantle with white and glazing was the best option… but then I thought “Light Bulb” – wouldn’t this look great with a faux wood grain finish? Wouldn’t that bring it back to life? Yep… I knew you would agree.
So Cheryl… my first suggestion would be to learn the easy faux wood graining techniques I teach and go for it. It’s just as easy as painting and glazing with a more spectacular result!
No stripping or smelly solutions – just paint and use the faux graining techniques…. your done!
Okay – let’s talk about the fake fireplace insert. It’s big! If you paint it black it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb. 🙂
At first – I thought you should paint it to match the marble on the floor. Using a pink faux marble technique it would look very “finished”. But… I think it might look odd and not realistic.
Of course, if this were a “real” fireplace – I would suggest a brick looking insert. I’m all about brick these days. But… this is Victorian and they used a lot of tile with a small stove in front of it. I can see that some unique subway looking tile would be great looking.
In my mind… using “real” tile is the best option… it is a built-in unit after all. You could do a faux tile technique – but I think you would get more bang for your time (and buck) by using real tile.
You could just use the same tile as the floor surround… but cut it into “subway tile” dimensions (3″x6″) and get a nice result. But to go really over the Top… I would look for a tile that looks aged and “Victorian”… something with a crackled glaze and a bit of muted colors.
Check out these Victorian Tile installations for inspiration.
Hope this is helpful in your new adventure! Make sure to check out the Faux Wood Grain Finishing Ideas.
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