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Faux Painting
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Faux painting uses fascinating techniques to create unique effects and decorative finishes on walls and other solid surfaces. Faux, meaning “false,” uses creative techniques to produce fake finishes that resemble wallpapers and three dimensional effects. Also, new products have made it possible to create plasters in unique patterns and styles.

Wallpaper look-a-likes are created by using sponge, rag and glazing techniques. Painting a wallpaper effect is a lot less expensive than the real deal and also allows you to be more creative. Glazing is what is known as the “broken color” effect. Glazing requires you to mix a water/oil base paint with water or solvent and a glazing component. To create a unique effect, you will need to remove layers of paint, or apply a sponge, ragging, color washing, or dragging technique.

To create faux textured effects, special textured paints that contain solid materials are available, such as sand wash or Venetian plaster. By using these special paints and applying them in layers you can create a look and feel that resembles wood, marble, real stone, crumbling masonry, peeling paint, and other three dimensional effects. You can use this technique on walls, furniture, ceilings and fireplaces.

In addition to glazing and textures, you can also apply faux accents. This is a method used to antique walls and furniture. You can create crackling effects or use metallic paints to make a metal luster and translucent appearance.

It is very important to carefully plan and prepare for faux painting. Certain walls may need to be repainted or resurfaced to accommodate to the project. Consult with the painter or builder when dealing with new constructions or older homes.

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