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How to Faux Glaze

When you want to change the mood of a room, color is one of the fastest and easiest methods. Faux Glazing techniques, however, will take your decorating to the next level, though it does take more time and effort. You can create the illusion of wallpaper. By simply changing the way you apply the glaze color to the wall, there are an endless array of choices and effects you can create.

Tools You Will Need:

  • 1 color of paint (one gallon)
  • 1 color paint (one quart)
  • 3/8" nap roller
  • nylon/polyester paint brush
  • paint tray for rollers
  • bucket for mixing
  • water-based polyurethane
  • faux glaze (one gallon)
  • mixing stick
  • sea sponge
  • bucket of water
  • cloth rags
  • gloves
  • drop cloth

Choose Your Colors

First you want to select a color combination. A color combination is where you have 2 or more paint colors that you will be applying to the same surface. The bottom color, also called the base color, is the one you will apply first. Be sure to allow plenty of time for it to dry before moving on.

You will then want to create the glaze color. To do this, mix your next color with the faux glaze. This will be applied over the base color with the tool or technique that you have selected. This is what will give you the final "faux finish" appearance.

Pick from one of the following finishes: eggshell, satin or semi-gloss enamels for a good sheen. Flat for a dull surface. However, you'll probably find that satin enamel is the most often choice for faux glazing projects.

Before You Begin: Always test your choices first to make sure you will like what you have chosen.

You also want to prepare the surface that you will be painting, so be sure to do any repair needed, clean and prime the surface before you begin. You'll need approximately 4 hours for the base color to dry thoroughly. Then you will be ready to mix your glaze color.

Thoroughly mix together four parts of faux glaze (one gallon) with one part of your paint color (one quart). You can anticipate that this mixture will cover approximately 4 walls measuring 8x12. Choose one of the techniques below.

After you finish, you might want to apply some crystal clear water-based polyurethane over the faux finish to help protect the surface and make it more durable. Let this dry for 48 hours.

Sponging Onto the Surface

Applying the Glaze Color - Dampen your sea sponge with the glaze color using a brush. Blott off the excess onto a clean rag or cloth.

Using the sponge, apply the glaze coat onto the surface, which has already been painted with the base color. Use random patterns by rotating the sponge in different directions.

Do not squeeze the sponge. Do not push down too hard on the surface. You want to keep the pattern natural and subtle.

Sponging Off the Surface

Removing the Glaze Color - Starting at the top corner, roll the glaze color onto a 3x3 section of the wall. Using a water-dampened sea sponge, dab the wet glaze color off the wall. You'll need to rinse out the sponge often.

Continue to roll the glaze color along the edges of the each previous section and blend each completed sponged-off area into the most recent section. This will help you avoid hard, overlapping lines from one section to another. Always keep your edges wet as you work across the wall.

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