Do people still do that? I’m not being facetious – I really am wondering.
There was a period between the late 80s to mid-to-late 90s that ragging, sponging, “marbling” and wrapping the paint roller in all kinds of household items such as plastic bags, mop heads, socks (ok, I made that up), etc., was all the rage. I myself had sponged many a wall in mine and my friends’ first apartments, and in fact, spent a whole summer once helping a friend’s mother – a professional artist – transform the white walls of a 26,000 square-foot mansion on Toronto’s ritzy Post Road (yes, that’s thousands) into faux travertine bricks complete with vines.
It was quite something, let me tell you; perched on precarious scaffolding, my girlfriend, her mother and I, charted and taped out the brick pattern, sponged the heck out of the wall with three different colours (wielding two sponges simultaneously), sprayed on some white “divots” by running our fingers over the bristles of a nail scrubbing brush and once the tape was removed, added some perspective to the “grout” with semi-translucent artist markers.
After that summer I never wanted to see another faux-finished wall ever again, but for what it’s worth – even though the family could have afforded to build themselves a real travertine chateau – it looked pretty convincing.
While mine is an extreme example, I have to wonder what ever became of all those earnest efforts to free one’s self from the confines of the plain, gypsum wall. I’m not a fan of anything that masquerades as something it’s not (veneers, “tile” linoleum, laminate flooring), but I have seen some artful faux finishes such as the ones by my friend’s mother that I would think twice about painting over if I inherited it with a home…
What do you say? Does/should anyone faux-finish their walls? Or is it a dying trend having learned our lesson since the questionable styles of the ’80s and ’90s?
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