Faux Finish and Paint Conservation

Faux Finish & Paint Conservation

Saturday September 14th, 2019 One Day Intensive Workshop

10:30 am – 4:00 pm

The phrase “faux finish” is often overused and rarely used in the proper context of a traditional home.  Faux finishes on early homes in North America were used to mimic or disguise simple soft woods (deal) as other more sought-after timbers such as cherry, mahogany, oak or even marble were usually out of the financial reach of the common 19th-century homeowner.

Therefore, wood graining and marbling is a traditional decorative paint finish and is one of several paint effects that have been widely used for several centuries to enhance interiors. Graining and marbling can be done on virtually any porous material, including plaster, wood or even concrete.

Graining is performed by laying an opaque ground in paint of the general colour of the wood to be imitated, but lighter, and, when dry, covering this with a coat of transparent colour, of the proper hue and full depth of natural grain.

The other half of this workshop will be dedicated to the best practices of conserving original paint surfaces on antique furniture, woodwork and mantels.

This entirely hands on workshop will provide the attendee instruction on how to:

Faux Graining:

  • Use graining tools,
  • Understand the colour spectrum of common and exotic woods,
  • Learn to mix colours,
  • How to apply the colours onto various surfaces,
  • An overview of marbling techniques,
  • The attendee will have the opportunity to take their workshop sample home with them at the end of the course.

Paint Conservation:

  • Best practices to remove modern over paint,
  • Creating a colour window,
  • Best practices to clean painted or faux surfaces,
  • How best to blend in colour,
  • How best to create a faux patina.

An amazing before and after paint conservation


Saturday September 14th, 2019 10:30 am – 4:00 pm One Day Intensive Workshop


Located at the Edifice Atelier Oxford Campus, just 5 minutes west of Cambridge, Ontario

867395 Township Rd 10, Bright, ON N0J 1B0 (see Google Map below)

Your Instructor:

Dr Christopher Cooper, Master Restoration & preservation Expert…

Who Should Attend:

This Workshop is specifically designed for the amateur restorationist as well as the professional looking to expand their skills in faux finishing and historic paint conservation.


A very special one time offer $175.00*

*(this course is traditionally $400)

Full payment is due upon booking your place, remember this course sells out very quickly. There are no reduced rates for couples. However, large groups (6 or more attendees) can be discounted at the Edifice Atelier’s discretion.

The Edifice Atelier reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

As this workshop fills up quickly and is on a first come first serve basis our cancellation policy is to provide credit for another workshop time of same value if you cannot attend.

Pay now, payment is through a secure PayPal account

Pay with credit or Visa Debit card

How to get to the Oxford Campus:

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