Faux Marble Paint Effect Walls

Project details - Faux Marble Paint Effect Walls

Faux Marble Paint Effect Walls – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

For this faux marble commission I was contacted by the curator of the ‘Fine Art’ Exhibit in the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. They were updating the rooms and wanted to create a realistic painted marble effect below the dado rail. Hand painted marble effects were very fashionable in the nineteenth and early twentieth Century’s, and as this part of the museum houses predominately Victorian paintings it seemed very fitting to create a faux finish that was in keeping with the trends of the day.

The area was first painted black and then overlayed with charcoal and white glazes to create a rich faux marble effect and a real Victorian feel. The edges of dado and skirting board were also highlighted using gold gilt wax which would compliment the picture frames and add further decadence of the room.

Faux Marble Paint Effect Walls – The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

This faux marble paint effects project was commissioned by the manager of The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. One of the top hotels in the town, The Majestic’s style and furnishings are quintessentially Victorian. Having done various projects there over the years I was again contacted when remodeling plans were afoot and some of the original marble walls were being removed to extend other areas. To find large amounts of authentic Victorian marble would have been nigh on impossible and hugely expensive so marble effect painting seemed like the perfect solution. Although the job was located in the gents ‘cloakroom’ and not the most glamorous of surroundings these are no ordinary toilets; large, decadent and wall to wall marble. My job was to create a marble paint effect to compliment the real Victorian marble seen throughout the original sections of the room. When I was putting the finishing touches to the work a gentleman came in and asked if I was polishing the marble; that made my day, the illusion had worked 🙂


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