Room painting basics

The Basics to Keep in Mind:

  • Properly prepare surfaces by patching holes and sanding imperfections. Apply a primer to your wall as well.
  • Apply paint and glaze in small sections, completing one wall at a time.
  • Almost all completed walls, furniture, etc. that you have faux finished should have a protective topcoat applied.

Choosing colors

  • Narrow down your choices through color sample cards.
  • Faux finishing usually consists of applying more than one color for the desired effect. Remember that the last color you apply will be the most prominent so choose the order in which you apply colors carefully
  • Most faux finishing techniques require a glaze mixture to create the different textures

Common Faux Finishes

Ragging: Creates a dappled texture by dipping a rag in paint/glaze mixture and pressing against the wall in a random, varied motion. Use a lint-free cloth rag such as cheesecloth.

Sponging: Creates a soft, blotchy effect. Be sure to apply paint in even patterns across the wall for uniformity. You can purchase a sponge specifically for faux painting or use a common sea sponge for a varied look.

Color streaking or striations: A technique where you drag tools through the wet paint/glaze mixture from ceiling to floor. Use tools such as a dry paintbrush, a wallpaper smoother, or a glazing comb.

Marbleizing: A process where different paint/glaze mixtures are layered over a base coat to give the illusion of a marble look. Apply paint using a sponge and create the look of marble veins using a feather duster.

Wood graining: Used to create the appearance of natural wood. This method can be applied to walls to simulate the look of wood paneling, doors and furniture. Invest in a graining comb to achieve this look

Additional faux finish ideas include:

  • Antiquing to simulate a natural wear and tear on furniture, cabinets and more.
  • Crackling, when two finishes are applied to an area but dry at different times. There are special kits you can purchase that include a crackle glaze to give the same effect.
  • Stone blocking for the look of cinder blocks, stone tiles or pavers complete with grout lines. Perfect for a fireplace or front walkway.

With so many choices to create a unique decorative look, take the chance and get creative. You can make a big difference for little cost and create a brand new atmosphere in your home.

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