Faux painting is a decorative painting technique used to create the illusion of texture on a wall. Faux painting can be created using simple tools like sponges, rags and plastic bags to produce a unique decorative painting appearance. You can use simple faux painting techniques to transform regular colored walls in your home into colorful texture. These techniques will work on drywall, plaster or wood. Follow these steps to learn how to create a faux finish and give your home a decorative painting look and feel.
Choose a basic color scheme for faux painting. This will depend on your own personal taste, style of your room and what you want to do with it. A good rule of thumb is to dress up a room with the same type of colors that you prefer in clothing.
Complete all the necessary preparation before you start any faux painting. This will include taping off baseboards, ceiling lines, removing outlet covers, covering floors and also protecting nearby objects with plastic if you're unable to move them. You will also need to patch any holes in the wall before faux painting. Small nicks and marks are likely to be hidden by the faux finish texture, but large holes will not.
Apply a basecoat of primer before you begin any faux painting with a roller. With a faux finish and any other decorative painting, you will apply one or more accent colors over a primer coat of your main color. The primer coat is usually a regular latex wall primer that can be tinted by adding a bit of your faux painting color. Once the primer is applied, allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding with your faux finish.
Practice some different faux painting techniques on drywall samples or scraps before you apply your faux finish to the walls. You'll also be able to find the faux finish effect that you like the most. Paint the sample pieces with the basecoat paint first to simulate what the actual wall will be like.
Buy a faux painting brush that can be used to feather out the faux finish. This gives the faux finish a soft appearance and can make heavy lines or edges of paint less noticeable. Using a faux painting brush can help create a stone, marble, and parchment paper look for a faux finish.
Get some faux painting glaze from a hardware store or a paint store as well as some rags and a sponge. The glaze slows down the drying process of the faux finish and also enhances the look of it. With the longer drying time of the faux finish, you have more time to get your faux painting techniques just the way you want them before it dries. Mix the faux painting glaze with your faux finish color according to the directions on the can.
Put your faux painting mix into a paint tray.
Wear gloves and a long sleeve shirt while doing faux painting.
Practice different faux painting techniques on your sample drywall pieces. You might like sponge painting, rag rolling or the faux finish effect created from using a plastic bag. Experiment with a few different techniques to find the type of faux painting that works best for you.
When using a sponge, dab the flat bottom edge into the faux painting color and then dab it onto a piece of newspaper or cardboard before applying it to the sample piece. Lightly apply the faux paint to the sample and twist your hand in a circular type motion to achieve the desired faux finish effect. Don't overlap too much for the first coat, just fill in the space. Work in small sections and go from one side to the other until everything looks uniform.
When using a plastic bag, lightly dab it into the paint and dab off excess paint. Apply the bag from different angles, but flip the bag around so different sides of it are being applied to it. This type of faux panting gives the walls an interesting distressed look.
Repeat the process for the faux finish you've chosen and apply the second coat. Fill in the areas that were lacking texture with your second coat of paint.
Apply the chosen faux painting technique onto the walls. Carefully fill in the ceiling lines and around molding or frames.
Apply two coats of your faux painting color. Allow proper dry time between coats. Use your faux painting brush to feather out any heavy edges before the paint dries.