Painting your home’s interior is a lot of fun, in part because it offers hundreds of opportunities to create a unique look for each and every room. The faux finishes that are made to look like materials such as marble, stone, or wood are extremely popular and with good reason. If done correctly, the finished product looks amazing and just like the material that it was intended to represent; however, there are a few things to keep in mind if you choose this type of painting technique. The painting must be done correctly in order to produce results that you’ll love. Below are a few tips to remember when you choose this type of painting for your home.
Make Sure You Follow All Directions
Whether you are following a video on the Internet or a simple list of written instructions, you have to make sure that each step is followed exactly as it is presented. If you are painting a faux concrete finish and the instructions tell you to use white, grey, and black paint and to use a nine-inch plaster blade for your glazing, this is what you should do. If you want the leather look for your walls and the instructions tell you to paint a base color and then apply the glaze with a chamois material to get a mottled look, paying strict attention is crucial. With faux painting, the look that you want is normally achieved by following certain steps in a specific order and each step must be followed in an exact manner or you risk getting a different look than what you intended or, worse yet, an unattractive look.
Learn the Techniques You Need by Studying Them Online
The Internet provides a plethora of tips and techniques to help you with your faux finishing so even if you’ve never done this type of painting before and therefore have no experience in it, you can easily educate yourself by going online. Practicing the techniques is essential because the last thing you want is to produce a faux finish on the walls only to realize that you haven’t got the technique down yet and you’ve messed up your walls. True, you can repaint the messed-up area and start all over again but it is always best if you practice the techniques first on old wallpaper or even discarded sheets of paper so that when you get to your walls, you will feel confident and know what you are doing.
Tools and Equipment Are Also Essential
Just as following the rules and practicing your painting techniques are important, so is using the right equipment and tools. Again, whatever the instructions tell you to use, you should use it. If they tell you to use chamois and you use a form of polyester instead, the results will simply not be the same. Whether it is tools, fabric, brushes, graining tools, sponges, or knives, the exact item that they are mentioning in the article or video should be used with no substitutions and no alterations. If you follow these basic tips and study further about the beautiful technique called faux finishing, your next painting project will turn out to be as unique and as eye-catching as you wanted it to be.