From an estate sale in Westchester, IL, I found this wood and metal strap case in the rafters of the garage. The estate sale manager helped me pull it down, and told me you aren’t going to believe what’s in here! Apparently, the homeowner was a very talented faux painter (as a hobby). He would volunteer to help paint church interiors late 1940s thru 1960s and apparently he also did faux painting on wallpaper!
The best examples of faux finishes are in St. Hyacinth Catholic Church on the north side of Chicago. Many churches were decorated using faux finishes including St. Edwards, Holy Name Cathedral and St. Michael.
This wonderful hand-made wood box is filled with his tools for faux painting. The black hard plastic/rubber rolls are each examples of different grains for wood, marble, and granite. The large hand held roller was used to create a wood paneling look. The 4 small metal combs are steel graining combs. There are also several larger tooth graining combs with wood handles. The sponge roller created a sponged effect and the small brush was for wood grain feathering. The curved wood stamp would re-create marbling/marble.
There are a total of 24 different tools/rollers to create different faux effects. The top of the box opens and it seems he stored his mixing cans in it. There are three still in the wood case. So, the estate manager was right…I couldn’t believe what was in the box!