When we use the phrase “like the walls of this house” we often mean familiarity and complacence, but we may also mean something that is as unnoticeable as a wall. Why walls have come to be associated with anonymity is because of the fact that not many people ever change the look of the house too dramatically – even if they may revamp the whole house, the colour of the walls remains the same, adding to the monotony and boredom. The new ‘in’ thing is to faux paint the walls for a newer finish and variety. This would mean a little bit of planning and practice but all that will be forgotten the day you come home to wonderfully finished wall that makes you proud of the place you call home. Here’s how to faux paint your walls and give them a ‘designer finish’.
Tips For Faux Painting
Choose a dark solid colour like navy blue, green, chocolate brown, red or black to form the base colour or the background colour. It is on this colour that you will need to apply the faux finish coat. Allow this paint to dry for at least four hours or more, preferably overnight, before you begin to do anything with it.
Choose an acrylic colour that contrasts the colour that you have applied on the wall. Prepare and tint a glaze with the acrylic paint that you have chosen to create the desired glaze colour. Pour the tinted glaze into the user tray.
Decide what type of faux finish you would like on your wall. Here are some examples of typical faux finishes:
- Achieve a two-tone mottled effect by applying a second coat of paint with a sea sponge. The paint color can be completely different than the base coat or a slightly different shade. Repeat with other paint colors for added dimension.
- Produce a "color wash" texture by applying a tinted glaze to a painted wall in a circular motion with a sponge or crumpled rag. Substitute a brush to make linear patterns.
- Replicate the look of cloth or material by "ragging" walls with large, twisted rags saturated with paint or glaze. Wring out rags then roll from top to bottom, overlapping edges.
- Create an "Old World" look over a smooth surface by applying texture paint with a trowel. Apply a tinted glaze with a brush over the base coat. Rub a thick rag over the wall in a circular motion to remove most of the glaze. There should be imperfections in the texture to create the feeling of age.
- Use a Venetian Plaster technique to recreate the look of crumbling stones. Mark stone lines with pencil then glaze the wall with a rag. Paint grout lines, cracks and crevices with foam brush. Texturize by applying glaze and drywall compound with knife.
Since you will be applying paint on your wall, you have very little scope of making mistakes. Thus, practice on a piece of cardboard or wood before you begin to get the desired effect right and with an absolutely steady hand. Now, after you have practiced enough times, apply the glaze on the wall. Make sure you are wearing protective gloves and there are no children around when you are dealing with paints and so on. Also, make sure you have enough sunlight and ventilation while you paint and also later when the paint is drying.