Basic Faux Painting Tips

Do you know what faux painting means and what it is exactly? The term faux comes from French and it means fake. The faux painting is all about creating a fake surface by the use of glaze and paints. You can also use this faux paint on wood, marble, stone and some raw silk textures. This type of paint is great for giving your home a fantastic look without over spending money.

Some do it yourself faux painting tips

Doing this faux painting is really fun. It is one of those things you can do by yourself or with your family and it can be entertaining. The faux paint will brighten the house and working together will be great. Here are some tips on how to achieve that:

Prepare all the things, all the materials. Use some masking tape for the ceiling and for the baseboards. This way, you will keep everything clean and you will not have to clean afterwards. You can also put some plastic or textiles on the floor. The cloths will absorb the paint and it is a better choice than the plastic, because the plastic will only spread the paint.

For the base paint, it is good to use latex water based paint. You can try eggshell or some satin colors. They are a very good paint base for any colors. Try not to miss any spot from the wall because you do not want to see patches on your glazed wall.

If you are not sure on what technique to use, then you can practice first on some boards. You can choose different colors and see how they mix. Or you can practice many different techniques on one color and see which one you like. Once you have the color chosen and the technique mastered, then it is time to get to work on the wall.

Line the trays with plastic sheets and you will save a lot of time and energy because you will not have to wash them that hard.

If you chose to mix glazes, then remember to put the right amount of paints and glaze. Usually the ratio is 3:1 paint to glaze. Mix your glaze in small quantities.

Faux Painting Techniques

There are some typical techniques and you can read more about them below.

Combing: if you are going for the dramatic effect, this is the technique for you. It is also a complicated technique that requires a lot of attention and patience. You will have to drag the brush or the comb in the paint and then on the wall in a continuous motion. You can also use the wave dragging to create a motion effect.

Sponging: this is probably the most popular one because it is very easy to do. Just take some paint with the sponge and then put it on the wall.

Ragging: this is similar to sponging but you need a sea sponge.

Color washing: you have to use a paintbrush in a haphazard manner and two or three colors.

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