Faux painting is a fun and creative way of giving a decorative finish and style to your home. There are many faux painting techniques that you can apply to give your wallpapers, or your furniture, a more attractive and elegant look. One of the most common techniques is striping which generally adds a sophisticated and interesting feel to your walls. You don't really need a professional for this. You can make your own faux painting stripes yourself with just a little bit of creativity and imagination.
- Paint the base coat on the walls. The base coat will be the wall's background color. It will also be one of your stripes. Make sure to give it 2-3 days to dry, otherwise it might peel off when you remove the tapes later on.
- Choose the contrasting color. Use a fast -drying paint that gives an attractive contrast to your base coat such as an acrylic paint. Most people choose the contrasting color that is the exact same color as the base coat.
- Prepare the glaze. The glaze is a transparent medium that allows the paint behind it to adhere well and create a see through or a transparent finish giving your walls a more appealing and stylish effect. Tint the glaze with a small amount of the base coat or contrasting paint so you can achieve your desired color.
- Measure and mark the walls for the stripes. Using a measuring tool, a yard stick or meter, measure and divide the wall for the stripes starting from the corner. Ideally, the stripes should be 4" to 12" wide. Stripes that are less than 4" in width will create a narrow and "busy" look to your walls, while stripes that are wider than 12" will appear heavy. After you've measured the width, use a pencil to mark the top and bottom of the wall for the stripes.
- Tape and press the stripes. Use a blue painter's masking tape and press a line of it along each stripe. Start from the pencil mark from the top of the wall down to the mark at the bottom. Make sure to press each tape really hard to prevent the paint from "bleeding" or seeping underneath the masking tape.
- Paint the stripes. Use a sausage roller and dip it well on your glazing paint before painting the stripes. Cover all exposed stripes and make sure not to apply too much paint on it as this tends to loosen the tapes' hold on the wall. A single coat is usually enough to cover the stripes.
- Carefully remove the tape. You can start removing the tape after you've finished painting the entire area. Slowly remove each tape, pulling away from the fresh paint. If some paint got underneath the tape, just gently wipe it off with a damp paper towel.
To create a finer and attractive texture, apply the glaze on the wall surface using a sponge or rag and dab it across each stripe. You might also want to make a sample first by using a piece of wood tile so you can get used to the techniques and you're sure that you'd come up with a clean and perfect finish to your walls.