CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patty Stewart uses her artistic expertise to add texture, art and depth to walls.
She has developed custom faux painting techniques over three decades.
"Faux painting was originally done to mimic wood or marble," said Stewart of Nitro. "It's anything that will mimic wallpaper or a different finish. I can do realistic marble. I do wood graining of sorts."
She has done decorative jobs for numerous clients with a wide range of tastes. She once worked on a 2,000-square foot home using seven different techniques to achieve various looks.
"It was huge," she said. "You are family by the time you leave."
To get the look she wants, she uses paints, glazes, specialty brushes, feathers, painter's tape and various tools.
"I have used my husband's old T-shirts," she said. "I use anything that will leave a nice finish. Everything I do is custom to that particular client. Everything I do is labor intensive."
The possibilities are limitless. And if a client wants a change down the road, there is no wallpaper to remove.
She also does interior painting, something she learned from her brother who is a professional paint contractor in Florida.
Over the years she has taken classes, including several at Pro Faux in Akron, Ohio. She has also developed her own techniques and shares tips with artist friends in several states.
"I also read," she said. "I have an extreme library."
A tour of her home offers a peek into many of her techniques with each room a work of art.
In one bedroom she went for a glazed terracotta look over a yellow base. A sage green bathroom has walls dotted with 250 matching wooden knobs. A hallway is done in a two-tone gold shadow stripe for an elegant effect. Another bedroom is done in shades of white, brown and peach with stencils used to achieve various shapes.
She uses her home like a canvas, letting creativity lead her where it may.
"My husband went to work one day and the kitchen was red," she said. "When he got home it was turquoise."