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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Another Glass Of Wine Dahhl-ling?

Red Venetian Plaster TV Room Beckons For Wine & Relaxation

This red Venetian plastered, glazed, and waxed walled room is one of Avant Palette’s favorites. It’s so regal! The deep red color reminds us of a personal library, a man’s nest where someone kicks back with a good book and a glass of wine….or bourbon.

Venetian plaster wax polish by Avant Palette.

Venetian plaster wax polish by Avant Palette.

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Kicking The Walls Keeps Us On Our Toes!

Del Mar Racetrack Takes A Beating. Avant Palette Returns Second Year In a Row.

Del Mar Racetrack before Avant Palete Faux Finishes repairs damage.

Del Mar Racetrack before Avant Palete Faux Finishes repairs damage.

Every race season undoubtedly delivers winners, hangovers, and sometimes losers! Del Mar Racetrack’s grandstand has wall-to-wall faux and artistic finishes. Race goers are just too busy to notice. Regardless, win some, lose some, the track takes a beating.

At season’s end one will notice holes in the walls, doors, and yes, the columns. The one below took a low blow. It’s up to Avant Palette to wave the magic wand and repair the shape and faux finish on the columns throughout the grandstand.

 

 

Del Mar Racetrack after Avant Palete Faux Finishes repairs damage.

Del Mar Racetrack after Avant Palete Faux Finishes repairs damage.

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Wasted Away Again In Margaritaville

Key Lime Cafe, St. Michaels, MD delivers Key West flair.

After Avant Palette's work: glazed walls, aged beach faux finish, peeling & cracked paint mirrors.

After Avant Palette’s work: glazed walls, aged beach faux finish, peeling & cracked paint mirrors.

peeling paint faux crack color wash metallic avant palette

Before Avant Palette’s work: glazed walls, aged beach faux finish, peeling & cracked paint mirrors.

Earlier this summer Avant Palette had the opportunity to work out East in St. Michaels, Maryland. In this adorable little town, a film location for Wedding Crashers (very cool!), a sorbet colored restaurant named Key Lime Cafe resides. Avant Palette turned the establishment upside down with Jimmy Buffett type, Key West, colorful finishes and beach worn appeal. We used the same found decor as the pre-existing establishment and refinished the surroundings with color washed walls, peeling paint mirrors, and aged barn wood/tropical trim.

I like my Margarita on the rocks, no salt, please!

 

 

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Key Lime Cafe, MD with faux finishes by Avant Palette.

Key Lime Cafe, MD with faux finishes by Avant Palette.

Key Lime Cafe MD

Key Lime Cafe, MD with faux finishes by Avant Palette.

the painting that inspired the deor key lime

The painting that inspired Key Lime’s decor by Avant Palette Custom Fauxs.

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Rin Tin Tin

A Neck Breaker Of A Project

Custom tin ceiling and cabinetry fauxs by Avant Palette. Rancho Bernardo Inn

Custom tin ceiling and cabinetry fauxs by Avant Palette. Rancho Bernardo Inn

We all wish we could get a daily massage. Well, this project was nothing short of the most neck breaking work we’ve had in a long time, Wishes for those daily massages was a constant. Many artists and hours later, the tin ceiling of the demo kitchen in the Rancho Bernardo Inn was finished. Each and every ridge of the pressed tin was hand painted with two metallics, a silver and a black pearl. The extra hard work, neck rolls, bug out eyes, and very sore shoulders/necks paid off. Voila! Intricately finished ceiling tiles, border, and crown molding. Off setting the stiffness, Avant Palette also finished the cabinetry.

Anyone want to be our on site masseuse next go around? We can use you!

Crown molding & border faux finish by Avant Palette.

Crown molding & border faux finish by Avant Palette

Tin Before Faux

Tin ceiling before Avant Palette Custom Faux Finishes.

 

 

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