EASIEST FAUX FINISHES
Heavy texture already on walls: This is for textured walls that resemble “continents”
on a map,or any texture that is smoothed out. If you have textured walls that have
points to them, this will not work.
With so many new houses putting up heavy textures , you will be fighting yourselves
trying some of the techniques on heavy textured walls. With this technique we use the
existing texture to your advantage.
This is a variation of the colorwash, but must be used on a basecoat with a sheen, it
cannot be done on a flat coated wall- you will not be able to move( or remove) the paint
You could use the ragging or a few other techniques but you will get a very different
look as the wall seems to dictate what the paint will do.
But after reading all this believe me this looks great, up-to-date, and very attractive. It
gives the old world style without much effort!
This is a very simple finish but PLEASE READ all instructions first as the technique
and tips are important.
With your walls properly prepared:
Roller and tray
Flat carwash sponge( purchased at any drug or hardware
Bucket of water
2" - 3" brush (can be a chip brush)
Put on latex gloves, and dropcloth down.
Mix the glaze 4-1,that means 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint.
Brush or roll out glaze in crisscross
direction, covering a section approx.
3' x 3".
Wait approximately 2-3 minutes.
The longer you wait (within the 2-3)
minutes the deeper contrast in paint
you will have. Low humidity areas
1-2 minutes will suffice. Any longer
than this and you probably will not
be able to take the paint off at all!
Dip your sponge into pail of water,
wring out well.
Wipe off areas that are raised,
leaving the glaze in the recessed
areas. Wipe with the sponge flat so
you remove just the raised
areas. TIP: Wipe off edges first
as they will dry first, then go to
Wring sponge out periodically.
When brushing on each new section,
brush up to 3" next to the
previously glazed area, then when
wiping off glaze just blend, or take
the paint to the previous line.
TIP: Again important to wipe off
the edges first.
You can see in this picture how
the paint will automatically
stay in the recessed (or lower
parts) of the wall .
You are using the existing
texture to make a new look
without even trying!
If you are good with watching the time, you can brush ahead of yourself. What this means
is brush out 1 or 2 sections ahead of the one you are waiting to dry. By the time you have
waited for the first to set, the second will be ready to wipe off. Better if you have a second
person to go ahead of you and brush out and then you wash off.
The result is quite appealing, almost an "old world" look to it without paying the high
prices for one.
Don't try and fight an already textured wall, USE IT!
This technique works only on base walls done in at least an
eggshell or satin.
Want the old world look but don't have a textured wall?
Create your own with joint compound. I used this method in the background of the first
Apply a slow setting joint compound with a plaster knife working a 3' x 3' section at a time.
(If compound is too thick add small amounts of water). Apply using a sweeping motion in a
random pattern overlapping each application. The finish should be uneven, this is a desired
effect. Continue over entire wall until complete. Dry overnight. Primer wall. Paint the base
coat and bingo- you have a textured wall ready for this application.