Decorative Paint Finishes


Use of decorative paint finishes in a kitchenDesigned and Created by Deborah Buckley Artisan.

Decorative paint finishes add texture, depth, sophistication and originality. The processes are a build-up of layers using different techniques to create the look that is required. Incorporating decorative paint finishes shows the design as having “the impression of imagination”.

Some of the techniques of decorative paint finishes:

a table completed with decorative paint finishes Distressing

A technique used to knock the edges and layers from the finish to emulate the wear and tear of time. Layers of paint can be of several colours to add more to the dimension of the finish.


Is a dirty wash of colour applied over the finish to add the impression of discolouration that would normally occur over a great length of time.


Adding a crackled effect, in with both distressing and antiquing, enhances the aged look of the painted finish. This is achieved by applying products that react to each other, to separate the painted surface creating cracks in the finish.


Where the desired look is that of timber, but the substrate isn’t or you want it grainier, the use of brushes and /or a graining tool is an option, to add the texture and feel of timber.


Is a build-up of translucent painted layers, designed to emulate beautiful marble stone that the force and time of mother earth has created. Each layer is different and has different colours and techniques used. The last stage is a clear coating, to bring out the depths and colours created.

The advantage Of ‘PAINTED MARBLE’ is you can choose the colours and techniques to the design to create the desired effect. No shopping for the right stone, which may not even exist!


Gold has very seductive quality. For centuries artisans have used it in many forms to create the look of wealth and pleasure. There are several ways of applying a gold finish on furniture. Examples are-GOLD LEAF, which is real gold that has been beaten into a thin film which is commonly known as ‘leaf’, it can be applied with either water or oil based size, which is painted on the object left to go tacky  then the leaf is placed on top. There is GOLD POWDER which is treated basically the same way as leaf. GOLD PAINTS ARE ANOTHER OPTION, which although the don’t have the same shine and texture as gold leaf can be a much more economical choice for the look of gold. All forms add a richness and warmth to the objects applied.

As is shown, there is no end to the possibilities that paint and brushes can add to the colour and look of your designs, on any structure or surface. The best part is that nothing ventured is irreversible. With a new coating over the top, it can change the look all over again.

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