How to Correct Bad Faux Painting

Faux painting is a phenomenon that occurs when the color of the paint you have chosen from the store does not seem the same once painted on the walls. These situations can be prevented if you consider some basic rules in choosing the paint like making sure the color harmonizes with the other elements in the room like furniture, curtains and test paint swatches before deciding. But if the paint is wrong and is already on the wall, here are a few tricks of how to fix the faux painting without the cost, time and effort of painting the room all over again.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Cotton lint free rags
  • Glaze
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Cloth

Step 1 – Protect your Furniture and Floor

Gather some plastic drop cloth, newspapers or other materials which come in handy. Use them to cover the furniture, floor and carpet. This method of wall painting should not cause too much mess but it is better and easier to prevent than to fix.

Step 2 – Deciding Color

Decide what color you want your walls to be after you fix the one already on the walls. Think if you want your walls to have a lighter or a darker color, soften or harsher. Try to imagine exactly how you want it to look after the fix and, if possible, to find something exemplifying the color.

Step 3 – Obtain the Paint

Take the original swatch of the color you have on your walls right now. Use the object or material exemplifying the color you wish to obtain too. Go to a professional store and ask a worker to prepare a paint which is a couple of shades lighter or darker than the initial one, depending on the case.

Step 4 – Prepare the Paint

Take one half of gallon of glaze and one half of the paint color you have bought and mix them together in a bucket until you obtain a homogeneous paint.

Step 5 – Prepare the Cloth

Put on your gloves to protect your hands. Take the cloth and insert it into the paint mix bucket then squeeze it until you eliminate the excess paint on it.

Step 6 – Start Painting

Begin washing the walls with the cloth. Imagine you are washing them with soap and water and use the same type of moves. For a subtle effect avoid putting too much paint at once, use softer layers. This way you can better control the color obtained with every layer and get subtle changes.

Step 7 – Finish the Paint Color

Use the number of layers you need in order to get the desired effect. Lighter layers will create the effect of a textured wall lighter than the original. Darker layers will have the same effect in the opposite direction. If you do not need a very big change of color use just fewer layers.