Wall Paint Techniques
Textured Paint Finish
When your walls demand repair, or if they're covered with ugly paneling or old wallpaper, the answer for transforming them could be to give them a faux finish. There are several decorative painting methods that are great for camouflage and that produce a look of rich elegance kind of effortlessly and inexpensively. To make a faux finish you start having a base coat of paint over which you put on a translucent glaze. Then you create texture using techniques like sponging, ragging, combing, or stippling. All of these processes are easy to do by following the primary directions on the cans of materials or in the free booklets that are provided wherever the materials are sold, generally in home centers.
Sponging Is Easy
If you are sponging a wall, for instance, you pick out the base paint color and put it onto the entire area. Once it dries, in approximately two hours, you mix equal parts of the same paint or a contrasting color with the glaze and put it over the base paint. You then use this to sponge over the surface.
All In One System
There are companies who manufacture pre-mixed decorative paints. All are water cleanup. The paints come in huge cans and the glazes in easy-to-pour plastic bottles. The recommended use is for floors and walls, though they can be used successfully on furniture and small items too. These products come along with how-to booklets for every method and show pics of completed rooms for inspiration.
The following process isn't generally found in the how-to booklets. All the same, it's an easy way to produce a subtle overall texture. You will need: semigloss latex wall paint, paintbrush, water-based glaze, mixing stick, coffee can or dish for mixing, rubber gloves, plastic wrap (like Handy Wrap).
1. Start by painting the walls with semigloss latex. Allow to dry
2. Then, mix together equal quantities of paint and glaze and put on a section of the wall.
3. While the wall is still wet, pull off a strip of plastic wrap and lay it over the glazed area, leaving it to crinkle.
4. Pat it down and carefully peel it off to uncover a textured pattern.
5. Keep doing this across the walls. Allow to dry overnight.
Other Materials for Different Effects
Employing the same technique as above, substitute a rolled-up rag, then beginning from the center, roll the rag down the wall to the left, then the right, and so on. As the rag gathers up the glaze, it will create an irregular and shadowed texture of dark and light.