How to Apply Faux Paint Finishes

Faux paint finishes are decorative painting techniques for walls and furniture that use paint and glaze to mimic the impression of various materials, including wood, marble, bricks and leather. A wide variety of these paints are available, like leather faux finish, marble faux finish, suede paint, faux clouds, denim faux finish, parchment faux finish, silk faux finish, linen faux finish and faux brick technique. Faux painting is an excitingly easy way to add life, personalized texture and color to your otherwise dull, boring and plain walls. Follow the simple steps below to apply a faux paint finish with little difficulty.

Tools and Materials

  • Solid Paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Tinted Glaze
  • Roller Tray
  • Paint Brushes
  • Roller/Tray Sets
  • Rubber Gloves 
  • Ladders

Step 1: Create a Mental Image

To go about your project effectively, it is important to do your research and make up your mind as to what specifications in terms of the color, texture and design you prefer. Once you have a general image of what you want, it will be easier to prepare yourself for the task ahead.

Step 2: Background Color

Choose a color scheme, and decide the color that you want for your wall’s background. Paint that solid color on the wall and let it dry for 4 to 6 hours (preferably overnight).

Step 3: Choose the Acrylic Paint and Tinted Glaze

Once your background is settled, choose the acrylic paint that goes in line with your base color. Select a tinted glaze that mixes with your paints well enough to create your desired color/effect. Once these decisions have been made, pour out the glaze into a roller tray. However, see to it that the glaze you use has been specifically manufactured for faux paint finishes. Otherwise, you will compromise on the paint quality of your wall.

Step 4: Choose the Faux Finish

Once the paints and glaze have been chosen, decide on the style and type of faux finish you want for your room. The types include sponging and ragging (the easiest to apply, go well with irregular or patchy walls and are recommended if you are not too experienced in faux finish projects) and dragging and stippling (relatively difficult to apply and only go well with wall surfaces that are smooth and well-refined).

Step 5: Practice and Apply

Once you have chosen a technique, practice it on a piece of painted cardboard or wood until you can blend in or create the desired result. Apply the glaze to the wall using the technique of the finish.

Take proper safety precautions while applying the paint. Keep paint and related equipment out of children’s reach. Apply the paint in a properly ventilated area so as to avoid inhaling any fumes. Wear rubber gloves so as to protect your hands from any possible accident. Moreover, you might have to climb up on a ladder to apply the paint, so take care to check up for the ladder’s stability before you start using it.