Faux painting used to be considered just like simple painting, such that by adding layers it eventually would look good. But there are ways you can make a faux finished wall look great and have a different appearance.
To create a subtle effect when fixing imperfections in your faux finish, try to limit the treatment to only two layers or two steps. If your wall just needs a slightly new look, you can try adding some glimmer. You can use a sponge to add a second color to the wall. You can use a shade darker or lighter than the first layer to give your wall added dimension. Keeping the faux painting simple is an easier process in fixing the imperfections.
If you want to create a "trompe l'oeil" effect, be ready to make use of a more complicated technique to fix it. This technique is usually used for other natural stone effects and faux marble. Keep this painting fix focused on small areas for it to look more realistic. To create an aged effect, focus on the edges and corners and some in between spots. Leave paint cracks where they should be. When painting faux marble, only pick areas where it would look good. Do not waste time doing an entire room.
Try some of these great techniques that can help change the look, appeal and atmosphere of your walls.
1. Rag or Sponge Painting gives a layered wallpaper effect on walls. You can use two shades of a basic color or make use of a two-color pattern.
- Using a roller, prime your walls.
- Paint your wall with two coats of your chosen base color.
- Choose a second color and the pattern you want to paint on.
- Rag or sponge paint one coat of your design evenly on the wall.
2. Sand painting can give depth and a rough feel to your wall. Use this process to fix faux walls in family rooms, dens, and bedrooms. Use neutral colors in white or grey shades. The effect of this technique makes your wall look sophisticated but with a rustic appearance,
- Choose a color you want as a base.
- Prime your wall with up to three coats or add more layers for a darker shade.
- Add 4 to 5 cups of fine white sand to a pail of paint with the same base color and mix well. Roll the paint mixture on the wall and allow to completely dry before applying succeeding coats. Give each coat at least a day to dry.
3. Stamp painting is a technique where the paint topcoat is applied by brushing on a brick pattern. This technique adds distinction and depth to your wall.
- Prime your walls with two coats of a color you like.
- The third coat is more complex and time consuming creating an overlapping brick pattern.
A variation to the brick pattern is to divide the wall in half and paint the bottom half with a different color or shade than the top. Attach a synthetic wood boarder, or thin wood on the dividing line, to give a wood finish effect.
You can use the same techniques to fix the imperfections using the same colors and techniques as when your wall was first painted.
Ask help at the paint store when buying your paints, so you purchase the right kind of paint for faux painting.