Happy Customer

I’ll take this as a high five from our recent faux finishing job!

We love your feedback, digest it, and constantly strive to better Avant Palette Custom Wall Finishes.

Thank you and Mahalo Kauai, Jackson Hole, Vail, & San Diego.

– Margarette Johannes

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Margarette Johannes, LEED AP, Faux Finishes Del Mar Racetrack For 4th Year

Margarette Johannes and Avant Palette Custom Wall Finishes tackle Del Mar Fair Grounds/Racetrack for the fourth year now 2011-2015, revamping & touching up the facilities’ faux finishes, decorative painting and restoring murals dating back to the 1940’s and Bing Crosby days. “It’s been a great honor to have the responsibility to keep up the faux finishes here, just knowing the iconic value of the Racetrack”, said Johannes.

Johannes’ work includes touching up aged stencil work, granite and stone faux finishes, color wash decorative painting, and meticulous detailed restoration of the famous and valuable murals throughout the Fair Grounds.

Working at an incredible speed, Johannes completes work which normally takes others days or weeks to perform, just in time for Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack!

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Margarette, a just make them disappear!

Yesterday’s client has been staring at his new outdoor electrical boxes, 29 to be exact, in despair. They stood out like sore thumbs in their natural, manufactured state. My wonderful client, Roger in Scripps Ranch, San Diego, cringed at the boxes and said, “Margarette, just make them disappear”. Leave it to Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes and Margarette Johannes, LEED AP, to quickly and affordably faux finish/color wash the boxes, piping, conduits, to blend with the stone and cinder block walls and other landscaping elements.

Avant Palette can make your home’s

eyesores go away with one wave of the magic wand, aka artist’s brush.

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Avant Palette Takes South Park By Storm

Avant Palette is up for bat to repair scratches and dings in American Clay faux finishes throughout an immaculate home owned by a creator of South Park. I just want to high five the guy who has made life hilarious via animation. Go find the Kauai Mahalo Card episode. It hits the ball out of the park (pun intended)!

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Dome Is Where The Heart Is!

AP just finished up a fun ceiling dome project. It started as a blank unprimed dome 12′ perimeter, 9″ deep and ended as a multi colored faux with gold metallic fleur de Lis and scrolls around the border. Taking this master bathroom to the glam max!

LOCATION: the Chateau, Beaver Creek, Colorado

-Margarette Johannes, LEED AP

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Unami Burger & Improv Comedy Club: Faux Sho’!

Peeling paint, chipping plaster, heavily aged look on new walls. Foyer Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. -Avant Palette

Peeling paint, chipping plaster, heavily aged look on new walls. Foyer Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. -Avant Palette

Take a look at Avant Palette’s faux finishes at Irvine Spectrum’s new Unami Burger/Improv Comedy Club next time you’re in Orange County, CA!!

Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes magically changed hundreds of square feet galvanized posts to rusted iron posts throughout the bar area. We also created a very old, “peeling paint” and “chipping plaster” finish to emulate the look of decades old movie theaters in the foyer.

Swing by, eat a d’lish burger, laugh a lot,and check out those cool finishes!!

– Margarette Johannes, LEED AP

Rust patina on posts, beams, brackets, and bolts. Exterior Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA.

Rust patina on posts, beams, brackets, and bolts. Exterior Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA.

Unami Burger. Faux finishes by Avant Palette. Irvine, CA.

Unami Burger. Faux finishes by Avant Palette. Irvine, CA.

Rust faux finish over doors. Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. -Avant Palette

Rust faux finish over doors. Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. -Avant Palette

Under construction. Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. Black base paint under faux rust patina finish. -Avant Palette

Under construction. Improv Comedy Club, Irvine, CA. Black base paint under faux rust patina finish. -Avant Palette

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YES! We (Avant Palette Custom Faux & Wall Finishes) Got Press!

We got a lil press. As they say, any press is good press. It’s too bad the writer did not touch upon my hard earned education, certifications and accolades, but the exposure is nice nonetheless.

Since I’ve started Avant Palette Custom Wall  & Faux Finishes, I have zeroed in on finishes that are green, have modern appeal, & launch your residential or commercial space from the usual, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, seen it a million times before” to “Holy! Whoa! Who did THAT?! That is so cool!”. I deliver the neatest finishes that knock your socks off, that are price point, and healthy alternatives to your basic painted surfaces.

Tooting the ‘ol horn:

Summa cum laude UCSD fine arts graduate, private studies under the tutelage of renowned artist, Itala Scanga, Small Business Certified, Minority Certified, Disadvantage Certified, LEED AP Certified, California Licensed, Turner School of Construction Management Certified, Micro Business Certified, Awarded #1 by ASID/San Diego, commissioned by the Town of Vail/Art in Public Places, patents pending.

Margarette Johannes - Avant Palette Faux Finishes and Venetian Plasters Gets Kauai Press!

Avant Palette Faux Finishes and Venetian Plasters Gets Kauai Press!

 

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$2,000 To Build Homes Out Of Shipping Containers!?! You’ve Got To Be Kidding.

I’ve Always Been Intrigued By This!

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2014 Color Trends. What’s Hot, What’s Not!

2014 COLOR TRENDS. WHAT’S HOT. WHAT’S NOT!

Aloha Everyone. Check out Avant Palette’s fall newsletter, highlighting 2014’s new color trends and what colors you should run away from. If you need update your commercial or residential space, a repaint w/ or w/o custom finishes can do the trick!

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Ring In The New Year With 2014 Color

With the holidays quickly approaching, fall is the perfect time to consider your 2014 colors. New Year’s is a time when people commit to a fresh start and positive changes. Your surroundings can greatly affect your mood and actions. With a refreshed interior you’re ready to jump forward into 2014 with a new and improved lifestyle.

 

2014 Color Trends. What's Hot, What's Not!

2014 Color Trends. What’s Hot, What’s Not! -Avant Palette Faux Finishes

Changing the paint color takes time and planning and you ultimately want to avoid holiday crunch time. Color selection is no easy process. Make sure the paint you use will compliment your existing furnishings. I suggest gathering paint swatches from the local paint store, in fact, many stores have “tester” size portions you can paint on poster board. Let them dry and view them in different light (i.e. daylight vs. artificial) to determine which color really does enhance your room’s furnishings. A color that looks great during daylight hours can run gray, green, or pink under artificial light.

 2014 Color Trends. What’s New, What’s Next

Home decor trends are constantly evolving, and one of the most obvious aspects fo changing style is color. An easy, cost-effective way to instantly modernize your space is to update the walls to a posh hue. The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape American’s color tastes. “We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional and comforting”, says Denise Turner, ASID, founder of Color Turners. Neutrals are now, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas, or carpet, from rich gray to carmel. Trendier colors like acid green or amethyst are better as accents. Brown is still the go-to, although chocolate brown is fading in popularity. Stepping in are lighter browns such as spice colors such as mocha and cinnamon. Pearlescent accents are wildly popular while green continues to gain strength with its eco-consciousness association. During unstable times, Americans are seeking out soothing, dependable, constant, and peaceful colors.

 What To Look For

Oh Boy! Teenagers are still locked onto the Goth colors especially purple and black. For the past few years now, Europeans have been accenting with black and whites. Watch for this trend to jump the pond and emerge more in America.  What’s not hot? Sunny yellows, bright oranges, and lavenders.

Keep this in mind for the upcoming months. Let Avant Palette help coordinate your painting projects from the color selection to the modern custom finishes before the holidays are here!

 

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19th Century Ceiling Designs Back In The 21st Century

Styrofoam, tin, and plaster tiles are back to stay!

In the late 1800’s New York and other Eastern city restaurant and tavern owners often installed tin ceilings as an alternative to expensive decorative plaster. Ornate ceilings gained popularity in the Victorian era in homes, theaters, and hotels. Often tile ceilings

Faux finished tin sample by Avant Palette Custom Walls.

Faux finished tin sample by Avant Palette Custom Walls.

were used to cover up electrical, HVAC, and plumbing fixtures. Today tile ceilings, walls, doors, back splashes, etc. have reincarnated appeal.  Made from copper, steel, aluminum, plastic, foam, or tin, the tiles come in a variety of styles from modern to classic and easily installed.

Restaurant, hotel, bistro, tavern – no matter the establishment, decorative tiles portray a sense of comfort and culture. Styles range from modern, deco, Latin, Italian, Japanese, Greek, Moroccan, fusion to leather or aged copper.

Avant Palette can create any finish to adapt to any environment at a fraction of decorative plaster cost.

Tin bar ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.

Tin bar ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.

Tile wall. Avant Palette Custom Walls.

Tile wall. Avant Palette Custom Walls.

Tile ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Walls.

Tile ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Walls.

Margarette Johannes. Tin restaurant ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes
Tin restaurant ceiling. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.

TIN varieties. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.
Tin varieties. Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.

 

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