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Faux Painting At Its Best

Faux painting at its best.

I don't often see faux painting.  And I certainly don't see it done so well!

Faux - adjective - imitation, artificial, made to look similar.

This kitchen had some very classy wall tiles, placed subway fashion.

And this homeowner had someone come in to hide all the receptacle and switch plates, faux painting style!  And they were gorgeous!

First glance you almost didn't see where to plug things in. 

I don't know what this cost, but it was well, well done!

My recommendation:  some things are probably hard to leave in the house when you move, but they have to be left anyway.  It's not like these could be removed and taken somewhere else.  They are made to be placed where they are now.  This faux fits!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Comment balloon 41 commentsJay Markanich • June 10 2017 10:05AM

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The catchy headline. Kept at first thought thinking about make believe painting and how graphic artists can crank out quality with c and c or computer design that could not draw worth beans free hand. Oh, you mean genuine imitation to chameleon blend in with the wall covering. Ah ha. The artist did do a good job in the making it work with the outlet unless the manufacturer provides those electrical outlets for extra ching ching.

Posted by Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 5 months ago

Makes me want to take out my paints and try my hand at this.  Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Linda Blumenthal, CBR - Certified Buyers Representative (The Corcoran Group - Sales Agent - 631-466-4087) 5 months ago

Jay, I also have never seen this. What a fabulous idea and how well done!

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) 5 months ago

The cover plates used to be white, Andrew.  And the title was as descriptive of the post as I could make it!

Linda - I would not even know where to begin!

I have seen similar in other things, Maggie, but never with cover plates like this.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Very cool on those light switches especially. I haven't ever seen this done in any Oklahoma City houses.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Good morning Jay. I had a wonderful painter in NJ who could do anything. Here not so much.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

You are right with your opinion on this artistic work, Jay Markanich. Whoever did this work is worth every penny!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 5 months ago

Good morning Jay. Seldom you see that quality of work! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Amazing work!  The only other place I have seen this was when a home nearby painted their satellite dish the same as the brick exterior.  It was one of the best jobs at disguising a dish I had ever seen.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 5 months ago

I've not seen this before either, Joe.  Very, very good job!

Maybe this homeowner got this painter from the National Art Museum, Sheila?

Don't know what it cost, S&N, but gorgeous!

Is good this, Wayne.  I was so impressed.  And there were about 15 of them!

But Stephen, seen from the side the bricks would be out of alignment!  Actually that sounds like a great thing.  A photo would be good too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

That is a lot of work! And obviously, they have done it before... I have seen some doozies!

Posted by Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 5 months ago

I have never seen this done on switchplates, and do like it - very unique and original - what a great job Jay Markanich!  I have seen many walls faux painted and liked it at the time, but now it seems 'dated', and even when it was popular, many DIY'er's didn't do an awesome job.  That is definitely an Art!!  Great Blog! 

Posted by Allie Angeloni (Long Realty ) 5 months ago

It's so realistic looking, Jay. I'd say whoever painted this wall was very talented. Oh, wait! The tile is real, only the light switch covers are painted? Terrific camouflaging.

Posted by Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513 (Front Gate Real Estate) 5 months ago

wow...what talent.  This person missed their calling.  Could be making some real dough

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

The homeowner told me the artist is female, Fred, and does this and all sorts of other faux painting.  Very talented lady.

Allie - I understand that this artist does murals too.

There were 18 switch and receptacle plates, Pat, and they were all perfectly matched to the spot they were screwed to.

Maybe this is her calling, William!  She has it figured out, for sure.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Jay- ok, this is a first for me.  I've never seen this done in all of the homes I've seen.  I think Sharon Tara should think about this for their next home.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

The kitchen was stunning, Kathy, as everything blended in perfectly.  At first I didn't see the receptacles and switches!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

                        

                               Thank you Jay Markanich 

 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

You're welcome, Kathy Streib!  Thanks to you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

 We LOVE Ralph Lauren....and the Faux looks he has created in his paint line and thus far...(look out more to come) we have used three I think very successfully....who would think that paint could not only LOOK like but feel like suede ?  

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

There are a lot of interesting paints out there, S&D, including blackboards and magnetic walls.  I've never seen or felt suede paint, but will look forward to it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Good morning Jay Markanich ,

So glad that Kathy Streib featured your post! You do see it all..this took a lot of time, effort and I'm sure was pricey. One thing about it you hardly noticed there were outlets there!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 5 months ago

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 5 months ago

Thanks Dorie.  I bet it was pricey!  And gorgeous.  All over the kitchen.

And thank you, Kristin.  It was a very interesting thing to see.  I had to snap a photo!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

There is a t of work and patience in that, but these old eyes may have a hard time finding the light switch

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) 5 months ago

Seek and ye shall feel, Ed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Yes, I've been seeing more of this.  Rarely in person, but I see it on pinterest and Amazon.  I think it's a bit bizarre in some places.  Sometimes people are using this like wallpaper and I think that's kind of tacky, esp since I have customers who can't stand this...even when it's real.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) 5 months ago

I love faux painting.  This is one home the owner did a nice job painting each brick around the fireplace.

                              

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 5 months ago

Whoever did that painting was a true artist. I didn't even see the switches the first time I looked.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 5 months ago

Wow, Jay. That is amazing. Like many others here, I didn't even notice the devices at first. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 5 months ago

Oh, Debbie, I am so much better than Pinterest!  The tiles were real, not cheap, and the subway pattern was beautiful.  The painting was a super finishing touch.

Those look like real bricks, Sam!

I agree Marte.  And does this for a living!

Says the electrician.  AKA Mike.  Me too when I walked in!  It took a double take.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

I had a friend many years ago who did this in every room....she had all her outlet covers professionally painted to match the walls. She was a bit over the top about it...obsessed. I know of at least three homes she did that way.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 5 months ago

Sharon - I have seen many covers painted to match the wall paper or paint.  But never to the degree of this kitchen! 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Wow, that's amazing. They blend in perfectly!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 5 months ago

Expert always shows, Kat.  Which is my big beef with new construction - the lack of professionalism, which also shows.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

This isn't simply paining, Jay Markanich ... it pure artistry!  Wow .. I'd have to touch it to believe it.  Can't begin to imagine the time it took to accomplish this ..

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 5 months ago

These were the metal plates, Gene, that the artist removed, painted and screwed back on.  Beautiful work.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Jay

So much better than the receptacle covers that are wallpapered. Not much talent in those!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

Jeff - when wallpapered I often see those very poorly done!  And the lines or flowers don't match!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

Great job but it should be done sparingly.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) 4 months ago

Yes, Lyn.  I've seen jobs that weren't so good as this.  This is along two walls in the kitchen, so not too many cover plates.  But well, well done!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 4 months ago

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