When painting a room, remember that there are several techniques you can use to get a different result.
Faux finishes offer drama and designer dimension to any room in your home and they are easier to achieve than you might think.
To create a faux finish you really need little skin and just a basic knowledge of painting under your belt to achieve a wide array of looks.
One low tech technique is sponging.
Sponging requires just a few extra items to achieve a neat finish to your walls. Sponging looks best in bathrooms, but you can certainly use this in any room of your home. Some nice color options are light ones, such as a sea foam green or a light blue. These really brighten up the look of a bathroom and offer some interest in a room where it might be hard to find decorating accents.
You will need the following items before starting: wall color, paint tray, rubber gloves, a 9″ roller, a natural sea sponge and a glaze in your choice of color.
A glaze will give a translucent effect perfect for sponging. You can choose this to be tinted to any color, but usually want a shade lighter or darker in the same color than the one you are using.
You need to make sure your walls are clean and completely dry before painting.
The 1st step is to simply paint your walls their main color you have chosen. The best finishes of paint to buy are either a semi-gloss or a satin. Let dry completely. This usually takes about 24 hours.
Take your natural sea sponge and dampen slightly. Dip the sponge into the glaze and blot off the excess onto a piece of cardboard or old newspaper. You can also practice blotting it so you know how light or hard to press to achieve the desired effect.
You need to start at the top and work your way across and down. You might need to take a step back to look at your work to make sure you aren’t applying too much.
As you continue to dip your sponge, you might notice that your sponge will saturate with color. You will need to rinse the sponge out, wring out, and then dip again to make sure you don’t put too much color on the wall as you finish.
After you have completed the entire wall, you need to let it dry a good 6 hours before applying another coat.
You can also do another coat in a darker or lighter color than the base and first glaze coat.
Remember that you need to pick coordinating colors and don’t put too many layers. With this technique similar colors in the same shade will work best.
There are many paints specializing in glazes for this type of painting, so you might want to go to your local home improvement store to check them out.
After you are done, always remember to rinse out your roller and you sponge well so you can reuse them again.
This simple process should only take 2 days to do and could definitely be done during the weekend.