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Company Profile

Anything But Plain
School of Decorative Finishes
12539 Duncan
Houston, Texas 77066

Anything But Plain School of Decorative Finishes


Anything But Plain School of Decorative Finishes is where heart's desire meets quality training to insure success. For many of our students it's the techniques and confidence to create a professional looking faux finish for their home, for others it's the skills and practical guidelines to start a new career or to update a current one for greater profitability. Our exceptional teaching staff of professional artisans offers the most comprehensive workshops and continued technical support. We help our students achieve their artistic goals. At Anything But Plain, we have created an environment that is spacious, lively, and creatively stimulating. Each student leaves with portfolio ready samples, a notebook with detailed technical information, and the finest training available anywhere.

Janie Ellis is founder and President of Anything But Plain Studio and School
of Decorative Finishes. She has over 17 years of experience as a professional faux finisher. She received her B.A. in Art and a Master's Degree in Interior Design. She is a teacher, certified artisan, and national lecturer. Her work has been published in local, regional and national publications. Janie is a member of ASID, SALI, and International Salon of Decorative Painters.

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