Modern Mastery: Cindy Howard & Dana DeBuck

We love keeping up with the decorative artists who use our products and Decorative & Faux Finishes, based out of Texas, are no exception. Owners Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck and their team have a keen talent for pairing finishes, patterns and color. Their awe-inspiring decorative painting projects always have gorgeous details and an elegant, finished touch. They are passionate Modern Masters fans and we’re so proud to showcase their artistry for you today.

Artistic Profile of Decorative Artists Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Dana DeBuck and Cindy Howard

Decorative & Faux Finishes has been in business since 1998. They create custom faux finishes and murals for homeowners, business owners, designers and architects in the greater Houston area. Dana, Cindy and their team provide their considerable talent and experience to their clients and manage to create something special and unique for each one.

Aged Metallic Paint on the Barrel Ceiling with Glazed Walls | Project by Deocorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Featurefor the barrel ceiling, Cindy and Dana used iridescent gold, Olympic gold, statuary bronze and blackened bronze from our Metallic Paint Collection as well as our glass bead gel for the accent strie and english brown metallic paint with a glaze for the final aged effect. the troweled stone walls have statuary bronze and blackened bronze as a glaze to give a touch of richness to the elegant rustic feel of the home.


Scalloped Metallic Pattern on Ceiling | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesOur Metallic Paint Collection strikes again for this gold and silver toned scalloped ceiling treatment. The unique design complements the light fixture perfectly!


What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

It had to our first “real” commissioned job outside of friends or family. Seventeen years ago we jumped right into a multi-million dollar home! The family insisted to their builder that they wanted us to do all their decorative finishes in the home. It kicked off our career and changed our future. We tackled cabinets, a lot of glazing, high scaffold work on huge walls & ceilings, three-layer stenciling, stone finishes, ironwork, glazed walls, and an entire room of bright stripes. Our local paint store stocked Modern Masters products, so we purchased a lot of metallic paints and went to work. We were then hooked and never dreamed of the possibilities that we would have over the years with Modern Masters products.

Foiled Walls with Metallic Overglaze | Metallic Paint on Trim and Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesA glaze made with a mix of champagne and warm Silver Metallic Paint overglazes a foil finish on the walls. You can also spy the same metallic mix on the crown molding, trim and all the cabinets. the cabinets were topcoated for protection.


Modern Masters Pewter Metallic Paint Stenciled on Dining Room Walls | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesPewter Metallic Paint was used to stencil an oversized damask pattern on deep eggplant walls. So lovely!


Metallic Paint on Ceiling Inset and Stencil Pattern | Decorative Painting by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Various shades of Brass and Bronze Metallic Paints not only grace the border design but also serve to fill in and ground the inset ceiling beautifully.


What is your dream finishing project?

Our dream job is finishing our own homes! We never have the time!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Highlights on Column Capital | Artistry by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogDecorative & Faux Finishes also use the Metallic Paint Collection to highlight and add a luxe shimmer to architectural details, such as the column capitals for both of these projects.


Linear Metallic Plaster Finish on Ceiling Dome | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesCindy, Dana and their team used various colors of our Metallic Plaster in four layers to create a beautiful linear finish on an entry dome ceiling. perfect technique! They also finished the dome trim & windows to coordinate with the handrails ont he stairs.


Glazed and Finished Walls | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Profile of Decorative & Faux Finishescustom tinted metallic plasters brushed vertically and horizontally create a sophisticated decorative wall finish for a chic, globally-inspired ladies sitting room.


What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

Our favorite Modern Masters finish that we do involves several colors of Metallic Plasters that we trowel on vertically and then trowel a tinted glaze over it. Depending on the colors used, it can give the effect of tree bark or mother of pearl achieving a masculine or feminine look.

Glazed Metallic Plaster Texture Effects | Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Mastery Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogA glam powder bath with beautiful lines is completed with their favorite finish, a glazed Metallic Plaster Finish on the walls. The groin ceiling also has a Metallic Paint overglaze and a stencil pattern stippled with espresso metallic plaster.


Metallic Paint on Stenciled Entry Ceiling | Gorgeous Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSeveral colors from our Metallic Paint Collection help tie in a beautiful stenciled foyer ceiling with the hanging chandelier. The stencil pattern is from Modello® Designs. Gorgeous!

 Ornamental Ceiling with Modern Masters Metallic Plasters | Decorative & Faux Finishes Isn’t this ceiling a beauty? The Modello® ornamental stencil pattern is enhanced BY A VENETIAN PLASTER FINISH along with gold rush Metallic Paint mixed with a transparent troweling gel. the plaster trim is painted with pale gold metallic paint, then antiqued.


Cindy and Dana share many of their latest projects on their Facebook fan page and Houzz account – be sure to follow both to keep up with their incredible projects and artistry! They have an incredible team of artisans that consistently create amazing finishes. Of course, please always visit their Decorative & Faux Finishes website to see more of their portfolio and range of services. Many thanks to both Cindy and Dana for taking the time to share their beautiful work with us – we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! Have an inspired day!

7 thoughts on “Modern Mastery: Cindy Howard & Dana DeBuck

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  2. OMG!! Your work is just simply amazing I just watched you on the program “Deals”
    on the livewell network, I’m in Southern California
    Where did you study?

    • We agree, Doreen – their work is outstanding! We checked in with Cindy and Dana and they suggested classes by IDAL, the International Decorative Artisans League. They host regional conferences with great teachers and the next one is in San Diego, CA on September 25 – 29. Here is their website for more: 🙂

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