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Green Marble Wood Panel

Green Marble Wood Panel


An ordinary wood panel transformed into a dynamic green marble through the art of "marbling", with layers of paint.

Faux Marble Samples

Faux Marble Samples


These samples of decorative faux marbling are furnished for the purposes of illustrating the range of styles and marbles that can be produced.  Most samples are shown of paper or paperboard, but all can be produced on any paintable surface, including metal, wood, canvas or masonry.

Paint Removal of Queen Anne Style Residence

Paint Removal of Queen Anne Style Residence


As part of a larger project, the Color Alchemist Company removed all paint from this large Queen Anne Style home.

Painting of Georgian Revival Residence

Painting of Georgian Revival Residence


The Color Alchemist Company repainted this Georgian Revival style residence.

Painting of Neo Greek Revival Residence

Painting of Neo Greek Revival Residence


The Color Alchemist Company repainted this Greek Revival style residence.

Paint Restoration of French Provincial Revival Residence

Paint Restoration of French Provincial Revival Residence


The Color Alchemist Company repainted and redecorated this large French Provincial Style residence.

Paint Restoration of Japanese Pagoda

Paint Restoration of Japanese Pagoda


The Color Alchemist Company had fun restoring this Japanese Pagoda back to it's original glory.

Garden Murals

Garden Murals


A truly classical subject for a mural painting, the Mediterranean garden has inspired artists and builders for millenia.

Trompe L'oiel

Trompe L'oiel


"Faux" architectural detail is a traditional and economical way to add rich architectural detail to any surface. As shown above, Faux marble mural panel with urn and cartouche.

Faux Architectural Decoration.

Faux Architectural Decoration.


The architectural traditions are rich with classical details such as urns, garlands, and cartouches. These are the perfect mural paintings to decorate to any surface. 

Elephant Mural

Elephant Mural


This great and sympathetic circus beast was the work of over 30 mural painters!

Faux Wood Graining Process

Faux Wood Graining Process


Here, the late Bill Holgate, master painter, is shown applying woodgrain technique over paper.  The same technique can be used over wood, concrete, plaster, metal, furniture or any other paintable surface.

Faux Marble Process

Faux Marble Process


Demostrated here by the late Bill Holgate, master marbler, this yellow marble is shown at various stages of development. As shown above,  the application of a faux marble undercoat.

Gilded Column Capital

Gilded Column Capital


Color Alchemist applied 22 carat gold leaf to the capital of this marbleized decorative column.

Restoration of Wood Windows

Restoration of Wood Windows


The Color Alchemist Company will restore your existing wood windows to sound condition. Our process is to remove the damaged window sash, strip existing paint, to replace damaged woodwork with matching and/or repair unsound wood with architectural grade epoxies. Any replacement millwork is milled to match the original from durable species, so...

Historic Shutter Restoration

Historic Shutter Restoration


While window shutters are no longer a functional architectural element, they are an integral part of the original design of many historic buildings from a certain era.  We remove rotted wood and replace it with architectural grade epoxies or, if it is not possible to restore the original work, with...

Painting Restoration of Storefront Exterior

Painting Restoration of Storefront Exterior


This storefront facade was completely renovated, all woodwork reproduced by Monumental Construction of Jefferson, MD and refinished by The Color Alchemist Company.

Best Quality Decorative Paint

Best Quality Decorative Paint


For the most durable paint film possible, we use the finest oil based paint on the market:  Fine Paints of Europe.  Made in Holland, Fine Paints of Europe is the best paint available in the U.S., bar none.  Cutting corners on paint quality is a poor economic choice since the cost of...

Moisture Monitoring for Paint Prep

Moisture Monitoring for Paint Prep


We begin every exterior painting project with an examination of moisture levels, especially when painting exterior wooden surfaces where paint failure has previously occurred. Application of paint to a substrate which contains excessive moisture is by far the most common cause of premature paint failure, according to the National Coatings...

Painting Surface Preparation: Stripping the Woodwork

Painting Surface Preparation: Stripping the Woodwork


Exterior paint preparation is the most important element in determining the durability of paint film. Assuming that the substrate is sound, it must be free of excessive built up paint layers. The Color Alchemist Company often encounters historic buildings with an excess of twenty, even thirty layers of paint. The final paint film is...