21 Feb 2013

Decorative Painting and Faux Finishes

paintingPainting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to create a new look. If you want to raise the bar a bit, consider faux finishing.

Faux (“false’) finishing creates a look using paint, glaze, texture or tools to simulate another material, like stone, wood or leather. It has largely replaced wallpaper because of its simple process and ability to change easily.

Several popular faux techniques to consider:

  • Chalkboard Paint turns any surface into an erasable chalkboard. It’s great for a child’s room, but also handy in an office, study or kitchen.
  • Dry-Brushing gives a softly textured look to your walls. It involves two base coats and two “brush” coats in complimentary colors.
  • Crackling adds an aged finish. Crackle texture is added to paint and applied, then rubbed with pigment and sealed with a glaze.
  • Sponging is one of the easiest faux painting techniques. Sponge on glaze in a contrasting color for drama, or “sponge off” for a more subtle effect.
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