Adding a “faux” look to your home interior is the best way to add a splash of class and refinement. Adding
texture and taste, a faux finish is a simple way to add depth to any room.
Not to mention, it’s affordable and easy.
One of the most appealing aspects of faux finishes is that there are several designs to choose from. The first step is choosing which style you wish to use: Leather, Suede, Denim, Brick and Marble are just a few of the great styles you can use.
You do have the option of using discount paint brands, but beware; they are discounted for a reason. While quality brand names may cost more in the short-term, they will pay off in the long-term when you save money on having to touch it up.
While your focus may center on how to paint a room, do not make the costly mistake of overlooking the preparation process. No matter what style you choose, the prep work is integral in properly getting the job done.
While it may not be as fun, the prep is the most important step. Create a practice board and test out how you plan to execute your style and painting ideas.
The practice board is the most cost effective way to test how the design will look. The last thing you need is to waste a large amount of money and time on a design you end up hating. Not to mention it allows you to practice your technique so when you’re ready to paint you know exactly what to do.
The preparation portion is far more taxing than the actual act of painting.
Be sure to clear the room so that it is empty then lay down a plastic sheet to cover the whole floor. Use painter’s tape to keep it securely positioned against all walls. Do not use cloth, the paint will bleed through.
Next, scrub down your walls with a light mix of dish soap and warm water. Use a sponge mop and wash thoroughly. After, wash with warm water to get rid of all soap remains and let sit for a day.
Primer will give you a clean surface to work on. If your walls are covered in latex paint or if the dry wall has been primed this step is unnecessary.
Finally, use painter’s tape on all woodwork, ceilings and windows.
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