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


When:

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

Where:

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.


Payment:

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:


Painted Brick? What to do?

Photography and Editorial by: Dr. Christopher Cooper


Many times I come across houses that have been painted and many of our subscribers ask what to do with the painted bricks and in some case, how you can remove the paint from the brick? The answer to the last question is there is really no way in removing the paint entirely from the brick without damage. Abrasive cleaners (for example any type of blasting or pressure washing) are never recommended as it simply destroys handmade bricks! Chemical cleaners are another real problem as it can chemically affect the brick itself causing problems in the future. The biggest problem with paint removal is that the final look is terrible as it is usually polka-dotted with paint that is deep in small fishers and dints in the original brick units!

It is also necessary to consider why the building was painted in the first place? Was the building painted to protect soft brick? Was it to cover poorly executed repointing or unmatched repairs? Or, was the painted masonry simply a fashion statement in a particular historic period (for example the Regency Period)?


The crumbling brick above is to the absolute extreme. If brick has spalled this badly, I would recommend wholesale removal of the paint (by scraping) a complete repointing with the possibility of turning the badly spalled bricks around (or replace the unit wholesale) and prime with a breathable primer and topcoat with several layers of high quality 100% acrylic latex.


One of the best protections against failing or spalling brick is to paint, there is no such thing as a water-proofer or sealer! Simply bricks must breathe, if they do not they will spall (in freezing temperatures) as a result of trapped water behind the so-called sealer caused by capillary action from ground source or from the interior of the building.

Water or moisture in a masonry system will generally hamper the satisfactory performance of the painted surface; therefore strict water management will have to be adhered to before any work is to proceed. Search for the water’s source and take the necessary corrective measures to keep water out of the wall.

The chemical property of masonry which may have a significant effect on paint durability and performance is the alkalinity of the wall. Bricks are normally neutral, but are set in mortars which are chemically basic. Paint products, which are based on drying oils, may be attacked by free alkali and the oils can become saponified (converts to soap). To prevent this occurrence, an alkaline-resistant primer is recommended.

The deposit of water-soluble salts on the surface of masonry, “efflorescence”, is another factor that can hamper the performance of painted masonry. Remove all efflorescence by scrubbing with clear water and a stiff brush.

The key to a good masonry paint job is preparation. Proper surface preparation is as important as paint selection. Thoroughly examine all surfaces to determine the required preparation. Remove all peeled, cracked, flaked or blistered paint by scraping. Like efflorescence, paint blistering is caused by water within the masonry. If alligatoring exists, remove the entire finish. There is no other means of correction.

Previously painted surfaces often require the greatest effort. Before painting, remove all loose paint. Take special care when cleaning surfaces for emulsion paints and primers (latex). They (latex paints) are non-penetrating and require cleaner surfaces than solvent-based paints (oil). Latex paint is preferred over oil because of latex’s ability to breathe! Be sure to follow directions accompanying the paint product.

After the wall is completely painted there are ways to mimic brick with mortar. Penciling is a technique of painting the mortar joints, which is a purely decorative process, often in a contrasting colour or mortar colour. A regular course of maintenance with periodic spot repairs can provide a very attractive and durable finish for years to come.


Learn to repair and restore your brick and stone!

Saturday August 31, 2019 One Day Intensive Workshop

10:30 am – 4:00 pm


Join Dr. Christopher Cooper at the Edifice Atelier Oxford Campus (5 minutes west of Cambridge, Ontario) for this amazing hands-on workshop! Spaces fill up fast, so register today!


Repointing is the process of removing deteriorating mortar from the joints of a masonry wall (brick or stone) and replacing it with new mortar.

The decision to repoint is usually made to arrest some obvious signs of deterioration such as disintegrating mortar, loose bricks, cracks in mortar joints themselves, damp walls, or damaged interior plaster.

Properly executed, repointing restores the visual and physical integrity of the masonry.

Improperly executed repointing not only detracts from the appearance of your home, but may, in fact, cause physical damage to the masonry units themselves if the appropriate mortar is not used.

Curriculum:

  • This one day intensive covers all aspects of repointing brick and stone on an older home or commercial building, including how to inspect for possible damage.
  • The student will learn how to remove mortar, replace spalled or broken bricks, repoint stonework, remove unsympathetic Portland cement and mix correct mortar mixes.
  • Finishing and tooling techniques will also be examined.
  • The workshop is very hands-on, and the student will get the chance to try many of the topics covered.
  • You will complete this professional intensive with the tools and knowledge to tackle a small or even large repointing project.

There is very limited space, and the workshop fills-up fast… claim your spot in this very interactive professional intensive today.


Custom In-Home Restoration Report

Do you fear the costs of renovation and restoration? Do you have a fear of the unknown, of what issues you may face in creating that perfect home? Have Dr. Christopher Cooper make a house call with a private in-home consultation.


Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Construction

Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Construction

Saturday and Sunday September 21 and 22, 2019

10:30 am – 4:00 pm Two Day Intensive Workshop.

Is your kitchen, bath or laundry looking tired or out-of-date? Does it need to be renewed? Let your instructor Dr. Christopher Cooper inspire you that creating a beautiful kitchen is as easy as building one simple base and wall cabinet several times over. Christopher’s course saves time, anticipates mistakes and allows for corrections. All you need is access to a small workshop with a table saw a router and some common hand tools.

This course is an introduction to contemporary cabinet work, such as might be used in making modern kitchen cabinets.  On the course you will be instructed how to make a 24” base and wall cabinet in cabinet grade materials, with common joints used in the kitchen cabinet industry.  We will make two frames and a panel Shaker door fitted with overlay hinges. You will explore different drawer construction methods and we will make and fit a self closing drawer with overlay front. We will also investigate the modern hardware available, such as concealed hinges, drawer and door pulls etc. 

At the conclusion of this course you will have all of the fundamental knowledge to build and fit a custom kitchen. An intermediate and advanced kitchen cabinet Professional Intensive will be released this fall/winter for those who wish to become Edifice Guild certified.

Curriculum:

  • Choosing the right cabinet grade materials.
  • A short discussion on the design process.
  • Preparing and cutting to a cut list.
  • Use of a table saw and a router.
  • Use of various hand tools.
  • Use of a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.
  • Cabinet assembly.
  • Edge banding.
  • Fitting adjustable shelves.
  • Making cabinet face frames for overlay door and drawer fitting.
  • How to attach the face frames to the cabinet.
  • Making a Shaker style frame and panel door, ready for painting.
  • An overview of best finishes and tools.
  • Over lay door fitting using standard hinges.
  • Drawer making and fitting on self closing runners.
  • Fitting drawer fronts.
  • Fitting base cabinet toe-kick.
  • An overview of the best countertops and backsplashes.


When:

Saturday and Sunday September 21 and 22, 2019 10:30 am – 4:00 pm Two Day Intensive Workshop.


Where:

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… Christopher is a kitchen designer specializing in custom high-end kitchen cabinets. Dr. Cooper owned and operated the renowned Kitchenwright, a custom cabinet shop located in the United Kingdom.


Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for people who are absolute beginners in carpentry – no previous experience is necessary. It aims to provide a safe, welcoming and fun environment for both women and men to build confidence in practical skills… and is specifically designed for the novice who would like the satisfaction of creating a beautiful custom kitchen with their own two hands!


Payment:

$350.00

Full payment is due upon booking your place, remember this course sells out very quickly. There are no reduced rates for couples.

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:



Introduction to Lime Wall Plastering

Sunday August 11th, 2019

10:30 am – 3:00 pm One Day Intensive Workshop


This one-day course will teach you how to select the correct materials for your job and mix them to the correct consistency. How to repair failing, cracked or bulged flat wall plaster. A practical demonstration will be given followed by the opportunity to have a go at it yourself.

The aim of the course is to give participants the confidence to carry out small or even large repairs to their own homes plaster walls and ceilings.

Our approach is to create a relaxed environment on where you will enjoy learning, with ample opportunity for discussions about your own issues with your lime plaster walls during the lunch break.


Course content

  • Why and when to use lime;
  • How to assess common problems;
  • The do’s and don’ts;
  • Choosing the right materials;
  • Wall preparation, including lath repair;
  • Creating the perfect mix;
  • How to repair cracks and bulges;
  • Practical application of lime plaster;
  • How to finish your repair work;
  • Looking after your plaster;
  • An overview of decorative plaster elements.

For each session there is a practical demonstration. You will then be encouraged to have a go, with guidance at hand by the instructor.


What to bring with you:

All tools, materials and equipment are provided but please bring protective eye-wear and a pair of work gloves and a lunch.  This is an indoor course in a live real restoration setting.


Repairing cracks.
Mixing and applying appropriate plaster.
Finishing techniques will be explored and practiced by the student.

When:

Sunday August 11th, 2019 10:30 am – 3:00 pm One Day Intensive Workshop

Where:

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 interested in saving his/her irreplaceable hand made plaster walls and ceilings.


Payment:

A very special one time offer $150.00*

*(this course is traditionally $300)

NOTE: Course numbers are limited to ensure individual attention by the course leader Dr. Christopher Cooper. Don’t miss your opportunity, sign up today!

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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