Create a Faux Distressed Effect

DIY Painting: Faux Distressed Look

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A faux distressed wall paint job can be a daunting task. It requires a lot of work so be warned. This isn't an easy or quick process, but the results keep on getting rave reviews and everyone would want to know how it was done. If you're willing to put in the time, you can make an interesting effect that would easily cost hundreds of dollars if you hire a pro to do it. The procedure is one of trial and error, yet very forgiving because you could correct the method as you go along. The trick is to attack this project with all out confidence. Don't waver when applying the paint, tissue, or varnish. Just smack it on arbitrarily and it will be a lot of fun.

Follow these steps for that great faux distressed effect.

1. Paint the whole wall using latex paint. Any color you prefer will do as your base color. Let dry.

2. Working at one section at a time and utilizing a throw-away-type sponge brush, put on water-base, semi-gloss varnish to the wall.

3. The next step is quite messy and involves wearing rubber gloves. Crinkle huge sheets of tissue paper and apply to the wet paint. Carry on applying sheets of tissue paper in this manner, overlapping and moving it to create folds and creases. Maintain the tissue wet by putting on varnish over it as you work. Keep applying varnish and tissue in this way as you work over the wall. You can snag pieces of tissue and apply smaller and larger, even and irregular pieces of tissue to imitate a bumpy, uneven, distressed wall.

4. When entirely covered, allow the varnish dry overnight.

5. You may leave it as is or keep on adding shading and color here and there. Used different-colored acrylic paints, those that come in small tubes. For instance,  you choose blue, yellow, and gray. Dab the paint color here and there in all the creases. Then use a wet sponge brush to soften and rub the paint onto the background in irregular smudges. As you will see, this is a very loose and free-form style of faux finishing. Stand back once in a while and look at the overall effect while you're working. Apply color wherever you imagine it's necessary. There is no conclusive way to do this. The creativity is all up to the creator.

6. Allow the acrylic paint dry for about two hours. Then give it a coat of the varnish doing it over the entire wall. If you prefer to add up more shading, use a raw or burnt umber acrylic and an artist's brush to dab the color randomly. Then use a dry, clean rag or piece of cheesecloth (readily available in home centers) to blend it in so it is subtle. The colors you add must never be obvious. The yellow would look like spots of dappled sunlight, the blue will add shadow, and the umbers will establish a look of aging.

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