Faux Painting IdeasBy
I have never been a fan of white walls in a home. It’s obvious how much we love color here at Mary Sherwood Lake Living. Finding a color to paint on the walls isn’t always an easy decision. There are so many colors to choose from, one may not know where to begin.
There are other options for using paint to create one of a kind walls that will have your guest in awe. Faux painting has become a trend in the design world. It can be seen on furniture, walls, and now even counter tops!
Here are a few techniques that will have your wheels turning for your next project.
Crackle-even the name is fun and unique. The rustic, antique feel it brings to a room creates an instant feel of ease. I actually have used this faux finish in the dining room. Crackle can be a creative way to mix two colors in a room. The top coat would be the primary, and the secondary color would be displayed between the cracks. Depending on the method you choose to use, you can create a look that seems weathered or delicate, like porcelain.
Dragging and Linen Weave
Linen weave faux finish looks exactly as it’s name, like linen! This has to be my favorite of all of the faux finishes. This finish will give any room that homey, warm and fuzzy feeling. Linen weave may require a bit of extra work but in the end the results are worth it. I would suggest using this finish in a navy to give the illusion of blue jeans. This would be an awesome look in either a boys room or the laundry room.
I love this finish! The black in the first photo is pretty remarkable. I might use this in a niche in my kitchen or in a bar area. The rustic look and detail in this faux finish is impressive. I like how the detail shows up in brighter colors as well. Even on the furniture this faux finish works well, like the dresser shown below. This finish is easy to achieve, there is a rocker that acts as a stamp that can be purchased to help you have the exact wood grain with out hardly any effort. Too Easy!
WOW! This effect can be achieved in many ways and with more than two colors. Although, this finish may be one of the harder finishes to prefect, it defiantly produces a dramatic effect. It is advised to practice first before beginning. This will ensure you are getting the look you want to achieve. When your hard work is all over you will have a unique beautiful room worth bragging about.
I used this technique in our living room. I have to say the finished product came out really well. I actually had fun doing it. The fun came with the allowance for imperfection. I don’t think you can possibly go wrong with this faux finish. There are many ways to create this look. We actually used cheese cloth and rolled it like in the picture below. You can also use a plastic bag to create an interesting effect.
There are several companies that make tools, kits, and glazes to achieve these looks. Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren are the two that I have had experience with using. There are special rollers, brushes, sponges and stamps that can be purchased to help make your project easier. They even have glitter and sand that you can add to your paint for an even more dramatic look!
Whatever faux finish you choose remember to have fun with it! It can be a long process but just remember in the end you will have a masterpiece to be proud of for years to come.
If tackling a faux finish project is daunting there are several professionals in our area that can handle the job. Ask us for a referral.
Have you used any of these techniques before!? If so we would love for you to share them with us and your recommendations for perfecting the style.
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