How to Use a Faux Paint Roller

What You'll Need
Roller pan
Faux roller
4-inch sponge roller

A faux paint roller is used for faux rolling walls, backgrounds and furniture that have painted designs. The kind of paint adds another dimension to a paint job and you can use soft or bold color.  If they are rolled together, the resulting looks create a unique effect to any surface. Faux rollers are easy to use and with the use of a couple of colors, it is possible for you to create great hues. The rollers are great for use in painting misty scenes, skies and for creating textures.

Step 1 – Choosing Your Colors

Choose two paint colors and mix each of them thoroughly. Pour the paints on a roller pan alongside each other. The paint colors will touch but do not mix them.

Step 2 – Dipping the Faux Roller

Get your faux roller and set it on the area where the 2 paints touch with each other. Draw the faux roller forward and backward in such a way that each side of the faux roller is covered with a different paint color. The whole roller should be covered by paint but not excessively. You are going to see the foundation of the roller that the sponge does not cover and that would mean that you have just the right amount of paint on your faux roller.

Step 3 – Starting the Paint Job

Starting on a corner or edge, roll your faux roller on the surface in an X or crisscross motion. Overlap the colors as you do it. Once you have painted an area of 2-foot by 2-foot, get your sponge roller and soften the roll lines. You can do it by rolling the sponge roller lightly over the marks. If you want to create more texture, do not roll the sponge roller a lot. If you want to achieve a softer look, roll your sponge roller over the area until the softness that you like is achieved.

Step 4 – Continuing with the Painting

Continue the project by rolling more paint on the area that overlaps the edges that you left off. It is easier to do it this way because there will be no separation line that will indicate where you started or ended. By continuing to paint this way, you will be able to make a smoother application of paint.

Step 5 – Reloading the Faux Roller

To reload your faux roller with paint, dip and roll it on the paint pan the same way as you first did it. If leftover paint on the faux roller is too blended together, rinse it off and blot the roller completely dry. Only then should you add more paint on the roller.

When using a faux roller, use latex or acrylic paint. To make sure that you will do the right job, practice painting first by rolling on a poster board before actually painting on the intended surface.

If you are going to use dark colors, take note that they will overpower light colored paints. Hence you should only use dark colors sparingly.