Faux Finishes may conjure bad memories of lime green paint, a textured sponge, and an hour to kill "art project" for your walls. However, we're talking more than simple sponge painting here. There are many different faux finishes that can be achieved if you take the time to learn them.
Beautifully done faux painting can transport a room to another place and time. It can emulate a Tuscan villa or evoke old world charm into your home's design.
These finishes are "masters of disguise." Not only do they take on the look of something they are not, but they are excellent at concealing defects and imperfections on walls.
The process may seem a bit intimidating. I was unsure as to the final result the first time I tried marbling a wall. I would suggest practicing on any spare drywall you may have. Divide the drywall into three sections and try different techniques in each section until you achieve the desired effect.
The project typically require a base color paint of a specified finish, typically a satin, and a top color which is often called a glaze. Glazes are unique in the fact that they are workable for longer periods than paint when applied to walls. The glaze I used was workable for 45 minutes.
Tip: You can continually swirl and move the glaze around to achieve the effect you desire. If you apply too much, blot some off with a rag and lightly work the remaining amount in with your brush, rag or any other tool the application may call for.
You can also mist the glaze on the wall with water to dilute it or make it workable for an even longer period if necessary.
There are different tools and glazes available to achieve different faux effects. Follow the instructions on the glaze, get the tools required and the base coat specified and you should be fine. I had no prior training in faux painting before I did the bathroom below and I was very pleased with the marbled finish.
Tip: You may want to have a picture to refer to as you apply your glaze. I used a piece of Italian tile which the floors were done in. They had a marbled look to them and I knew I wanted to emulate that subtleness throughout the room.
This bathroom also previously had wallpapered walls. Some areas were a bit rough after all the wallpaper had been taken down. The chosen technique worked well in concealing these spots, and any defects blended well to create veining and inconsistencies you'd expect of natural stone.
Consider doing a faux finish on your previously wallpapered walls.
I also elected to paint the cabinet drawer fronts and doors the same for a customized look.
The product I used for the faux marble finish above is no longer available. Check your local home improvements store for available color glazes and tools in their paint department.
Tip: Pick a base color that is a shade lighter or darker than your glaze color. The subtle contrast between the two will provide the depth and dimension you seek and will also contribute to a professional look.
There are so many different techniques for achieving some of these effects. What one person does may differ from that of another. I chose a process that was straight forward and didn't require too many steps. With all the products and glazes available for faux painting, you will surely find one that suits your needs and will allow you to create your own masterpiece.