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Is Faux Painting Still Hot or Not?

by Birgit


The word “faux” means mimicking the look or feel of other materials, such as marble, granite, suede, or wood. While it takes some know-how, patience, and creativity to successfully complete a faux finish project, the results will convince you that the work and amount of time spent were worth it.

The Most Common Faux Techniques

Sponging: Sponging is perhaps the easiest form of faux painting technique to learn. All it takes is a natural sea sponge, glaze, and two or three colors of paint to add dimension.

Marbleizing: Probably one of the most common ones. The veining, rich color variations, as well as intricate patterns of natural marble are the inspiration for this technique. Marbleizing is a process of layering tinted glazes over a base coat to produce the appearance of real marble. Choose for walls, tabletops, fireplace surrounds, and picture frames. It does take some time and effort, but with a little practice, you can achieve effects that even a stonemason might envy.

Faux Granite: Also very popular and there is virtually no limit to the colors and pattern variations of granite, so you can really express yourself with this faux granite painting technique. Faux Granite works well on floors, walls, countertops, and even furniture.

Color Washing: Want to bring some old-worth charm into your room? Choose the color washing, or “broken finish” technique. Color washing will make the paint look like it has weathered over time.

Rag Rolling: Like the rich look of old leather or weathered stucco then Rag rolling is your go-to.

Crackling: Love that aged, weathered, or instant “country-look” look? Crackle faux painting can provide a real attention-getting focal point in a room. Apply to a door, chair or table. This method uses two colors of paint, a crackle medium, and varnish to create the desired effect.

Antiquing: “Antiquing” is a great technique to use on furniture, cabinetry, or anything else you want to give a distressed or aged look to. All you need is a base coat of paint and some glaze.

Lime Washing aka Whitewashing: This faux finish duplicates a uniquely aged look and is versatile enough to be used for period rooms as well as modern interiors. The ‘scrubbed-chalk’ finish has been popular since the medieval period. Lime washing looks great in a kitchen or porch but works equally well in a bathroom or bedroom.

Other Lesser-Known Faux Techniques

Strié Technique: This is another “dragging” technique. Use this instead of spending a fortune on real fabric wall coverings. Accomplished by dragging a brush through a colored glaze that has been applied over a base coat. The results are a luxurious, high-end look that you can master in no time.

Verdigris Finishing: The term ”verdigris” comes from the French phrase “vert de Grece,” which means “The green of Greece.” Using this technique you can actually create the look of aged bronze or copper on accent pieces. True verdigris is achieved by a coating of the cupric carbonate formed on weathering copper, brass, and bronze from age. The beautiful blue-green patina, which can be seen on historic domes and spires, lends an ancient, soft and chalky aspect to decorative metalwork.

Pickling Wood: Pickling is a technique that provides results similar to lime washing, in that it makes the wood appear lighter in color — a “bleached” look of driftwood.

Wood Graining: Wood graining is a centuries-old painting technique used to simulate the appearance of wood. This dramatic technique can be easily applied to doors, painted furniture, or interior trim molding.

Textured Brick: Seen often in restaurants, textured brick is the perfect faux finish to achieve a refined farmhouse aesthetic. Faux brick finishes are an excellent way to add a rustic charm to a kitchen, wine cellar and even a master bedroom, study.

In closing,

Faux painting techniques are most commonly performed by artists or those aspiring to be one.  If you want to delf a little deeper into the how-to of the faux painting techniques you can go here. Rarely will you find an interior painting contractor offering this particular service and for good reason, it takes lots of time.  But since we often get questions related to faux painting we thought this worth-while posting and hope you enjoyed this overview.

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