How to Faux Paint


The word "faux" means "false" in French. Faux painting refers to a variety of decorative finishes that can be applied to walls, including sponging, rag rolling, stippling and dragging.

Things You'll Need

  • Window Fans
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Drop Cloths
  • Glazes
  • Paint
  • Paint Trays
  • Paintbrushes
  • Roller/tray Sets
  • Foam Brushes
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Buckets
  • Ladders
  • Paint trays
  • Paint the wall a solid color. This will be your background color.

  • Allow the paint to dry for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

  • Select an acrylic paint color that contrasts nicely with the background color.

  • Prepare and tint a glaze with the acrylic paint you've chosen to create your desired glaze color.

  • Pour the tinted glaze into a roller tray.

  • Decide what type of faux finish you'd like for the room. Sponging and ragging on are the easiest to do and are best for bumpy or irregular walls; dragging and stippling are more difficult and require a smooth wall surface. (See Related eHows on each of these techniques for more information.)

  • Practice the technique you've chosen on a painted piece of cardboard or wood until you're able to produce the desired effect.

  • Apply the tinted glaze to the wall using the materials and technique appropriate to the faux finish you've selected.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's important to use a glaze specifically designed for faux finishes - it helps provide a sense of translucence and depth. Flat paints just look flat.
  • Try one of the easier techniques such as sponging or ragging on if this is your first faux painting project.
  • Have adequate ventilation while you're painting and while paint is drying.
  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and make washing up easier.
  • Use caution when working on a ladder. Make sure it's stable before climbing on.
  • Keep paint and paint products out of the reach of children.

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