Welcome to Rhonda J Designs - Decorative Faux Finishes
Rhonda has developed her own techniques in the design of faux finishes with a natural ability to integrate color, texture and line. Clients can be sure that they are getting a unique finish or piece of art. (Visit The Shoppe in Boerne Texas & Hondo Texas to view Rhonda's work.)
In addition to keeping herself open to fresh and new ideas, Rhonda stays educated on all the newest styles and designs to offer her clients in and around San Antonio areas. Striving for a fresh, custom look in every home, our faux finishes, plasters, as well as cabinet faux finishes, ceilings and furniture, are a result of the client’s vision and a mixture Rhonda’s artistic expertise.
Rhonda J Designs specializes in artistic design finishes and distinctive faux wall finishes in both the residential and commercial San Antonio sectors. We can help you bring presence to your place of business and achieve a look of professionalism that will appeal to your clients.
Our service area includes:
FAUX PAINTING in San Antonio is our specialty. We also provide custom interior painting and design in the San Antonio Texas areas such as Boerne, Bandera and Hondo. We provide custom faux finishes in the Alamo Heights Areas as well as Castle Hills, The Dominion, Down Town San Antonio, the Blue Star District and many others. Or stop by our storefront , THE SHOPPE in BOERNE TEXAS & Hondo Texas, to see example of our work and shop for one of a kind home furnishings.
Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® San Antonio Texas
Painting with our paint should always be a pleasure!
Annie Sloan developed her now famous decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, over 20 years ago to answer the need she had for a versatile paint that would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture. She called it Chalk Paint® because of its beautiful velvety, matte finish.
What is Chalk Paint®?
Chalk Paint® is very easy to work with. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface - from wood to metal, and matt plastic to terracotta. It can revitalise old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It's easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.
With a colour palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colours together to extend the range. Chalk Paint® is eco-friendly too. It contains extremely low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and has no odor.
Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water. Use flat brushes for a smooth look or bristle brushes for a more textured aged look. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward.
In the past two decades popularity of faux painting technique in San Antonio Texas has seen a dramatic increase. A renewed interest in the innovative techniques, as well as the development of outstanding alkyds, acrylics and implements, are the primary reasons for this new incarnation of decorative painting. Faux paintings work well for a custom look at places like a home, a work environment, a restaurant and others. Many of the techniques applied by faux painters are to imitate natural fabrics and materials and they are most of the times unobservable to the untrained eye.
Faux painting or Faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The naming comes from the French word faux, meaning false, as these techinques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture.
Faux finishing has been used for millennia, from cave painting to Ancient Egypt, but what we generally think of as faux finishing in decorative arts began with Plaster and Stucco Finishes in Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago.
Faux became hugely popular in Classical times in the forms of faux Marble, faux Wood, and Trompe l'oeil Murals. Artists would apprentice for 10 years or more with a master faux painter before working on their own. Great recognition was rewarded to artist who could actually trick viewers into believing their work was the real thing. Faux painting has continued to be popular throughout the ages, but experienced major resurgences in the neoclassical revival of the nineteenth century and the Art Deco styles of the 1920s. Throughout the recent history of decorative painting, faux finishing has been mainly used in commercial and public spaces.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s faux finishing saw another major revival, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion. At this point, faux painting started to become extremely popular in home environments, with high end homes leading the trends. While it can be quite expensive to hire a professional faux finisher, many faux painting methods are simple enough for a beginning home owner to create with a little instruction. People are also attracted to the simplicity of changing a faux finish, as it can be easily painted over compared with the hassle of removing wallpaper.
In modern day faux finishing, there are two major materials/processes used. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured. If you would like to get ideas for your home please stop by our store front, The Shoppe, in Boerne Texas & Hondo Texas.
•Marbleizing or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques.
•Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for "fake wood") is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
•Trompe l'oeil, "trick the eye" in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details.
•Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations.
•Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
•Strie, from the French word meaning "stripe" or "streak", is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
•Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
Shoppe - Locations in Boerne Texas, San Antonio & Hondo Texas
We Sell Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
(830)331-8102 for more info.
Chalk Paint® is a unique decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan in 30 decorative and historical colors made specifically for painting furniture, walls and floors. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® adheres to most surfaces and creates gorgeous results quickly and easily. Use it for a textured finish, a distressed finish, a smooth contemporary finish or even as a wash.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® sticks to just about any surface... wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more, inside and outside the home. It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly, and start enjoying your revitalized walls, floors and furniture sooner. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straightforward.
Classes Every Week
Call 830-331-8102 for more info.
Attend a workshop or class at any of Rhonda J's Shoppe locations and get practical advice on color and techniques from an Annie Sloan trained stockist. Gain the confidence to express your own personal style in the home.
Learn how to use Soft Wax with Annie Sloan's unique range of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, as well as achieving different finishes such as a crackle effect during weekly class at any of our five locations.
The colours below are a digital representation of the paints. Do not rely on them when ordering. Please ask for a hand painted color card.
Every computer shows colors differently. The true paint color may be different from what you see on screen. If you want a hand painted color card, please contact us or your local stockist.
This is THE paint to use for the painted French & Swedish and Modern Vintage look on furniture where the paintwork shows a patina of history. The paint is soft and easy to patinate taking our soft wax to give it a beautiful mellow and protective finish. The colors have been inspired by European 18th century furniture and 20th century paintwork and have been made bright and rich, bearing in mind that they will be darkened with wax or made paler with the addition of one of the whites from the range. Like all Annie Sloan paints the colors have been mixed in such a way that allows mixing and being lighted an layering without the colors dulling.
For Floors - use a roller to paint the floor. You may need one or two coats depending on the colour of the wood or concrete and the color of the paint. Light colors will need more coats generally. Varnish with our Extra Strong Matt Lacquer.
For a Blackboard that's not black! - apply three coats of paint to wall or wood. Allow to dry overnight. Clean with a slightly damp cloth
For Garden furniture - paint over wood, metal, matt plastic or terracotta and leave to harden overnight before exposing to rain. No need to varnish or wax Matt walls - use on walls for a completely matt effect but remember this is best for anywhere that is not going to get a lot of wear and tear.
On a practical note, the woodwork NEEDS NO PRIMING, NO PREPARATION as it will stick to almost everything -old waxed pine, melamine and varnished wood included. Knots on new wood need to be sealed with Knotting solution. Great coverage but does depend on what you are painting,but a rough guide is 13 square metres.
The paint allows walls to breathe and is a simple eco friendly water based paint. Wash brushes out in water.