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7 Easy Faux Painting Techniques

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7 Easy Faux Painting Techniques
Copyright © 2006 Julie Lohmeier
My Home Redux

In the last 10 years, faux painting techniques have gone from 
obscure to popular, from the realm of professionals to do-it-
yourself projects.  These techniques are not difficult although 
they can be time consuming (what decorating or remodeling project 
isn't though) and require quick hands.

Called "faux" painting because these techniques mimic or create 
a false look of stone, texture, leather, and more, you will 
find that the styles fall into one of two types:  additive or 
subtractive. Additive (also called positive) techniques simply 
mean that you add color onto the wall.  Sponging is the most 
common of this type.  Conversely, subtractive (also referred to 
as negative) techniques means you take paint off after it has 
been applied.  Ragging is a common subtractive technique. Most 
negative techniques use glazes and require that you move quickly 
before the glaze dries.

When it comes to glazes, there are two types:  latex (water 
based) or oil based.  Latex is by far easier since it cleans up 
with soap and water, but oil based glazes provide longer working 
times and generally provide a harder, more durable finish. 
However, for do-it-yourselfers, I recommend latex glazes and 
working in small areas at a time.  I have also seen solutions 
that you can add to the glaze to lengthen the working time.  For 
your first glazing job, you may well want to consider using this 
additive available at finer paint supply stores.

Here are the various type of faux painting techniques:

Sponging:  Probably the easiest method, you apply paint to a wall 
with a natural sea sponge.  It provides a richly textured look. 
In addition to good looks, it's a simple way to camouflage an 
uneven or repaired crack wall.  Use a couple of colors over the 
base paint to add greater depth.  Be bold or subtle; it's up 
to you.  You can use glaze or paint just as easily with this 
technique.  I've seen this done in a negative manner, but it 
is most commonly performed as a positive method.

Ragging/Rag rolling:  Typically a negative technique, you paint 
a tinted glaze over the base painted walls. The glaze should be 
tinted darker than the base coat, keeping in the same color 
family as the glaze allows some color through it as well.  Either 
use a wadded up dry rag or twist a rag into a cylinder. Then dab 
or roll the rags to remove the glaze. You can use one or two 
colors over the base coat.  You may also do this in a positive 
method like sponging for a softer look and texture.

Color Washing:  In this additive technique, you apply the tinted 
glaze mixture over the base coat using a circular motion as if 
you were washing the wall. Use rags for a very soft look or a 
natural sea sponge for a more textured appearance.

Strié:  Create a historical and aged texture to the wall, with 
this negative method. Roll tinted glaze over the base coat, then 
use a wall paper brush to make fine lines from top to bottom. The 
glaze should be darker than the base coat to allow the lighter 
base to show through the fine lines.

Striping:  The only difficult part of this positive technique is 
getting your stripes straight. Be sure to use a level or drop a 
plumb line. Tape off your stripes, then paint every other one 
with glaze. If you use a bold color, you do not need to tint the 
glaze to get a delightful two-tone effect.  For softer colors, 
you may wish to slightly darken the glaze although it is not 
necessary.  This technique may also be combined with color 
washing as you color wash the stripes for more interest and 
texture.  Of course, for a more dramatic look, you can use 
paint in complementary or various colors.

Dry Brushing:  This is a positive method in which you use a small 
amount of paint on a brush in herringbone patterns to create the 
texture. You will need tow or three colors to achieve the best 

Frottage:  Using plastic sheets for this negative method, tinted 
glaze is applied over the base coat and then plastic sheets are 
applied and smoothed over the glaze. Once the wall is done, the 
plastic sheets are removed for a marbling effect.

Faux finishes can provide interest and texture to your rooms – 
and less expensively than wall paper.  While you may need to 
block out a full day to do the work, by the end of the day, you 
can sit back and admire the rich, luxurious look of your new 

Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home remodeling and 
building projects.  From working hands on and doing much of the 
work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, 
she has seen the entire spectrum of home improvement.  She 
shares her remodeling tips, home decorating ideas, and other 
various rants at

Copyright © 2006, Julie Lohmeier,
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