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
- Paint Trays
- Roller/tray Sets
- Foam Brushes
- Rubber Gloves
- 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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