Finish faux and the painting world offer a number of different techniques to choose from.

Some faux techniques are more difficult to implement than others.

No matter which technique you apply, it is always best to practice on a surface, that you do not mind messing up.

A good example would be the garage or the laundry room walls.

Below you will find a list of some of the faux finish techniques that you might want to try, along with a couple other links that should help you complete the chosen project at hand.


Faux finishing is a process that involves adding water or glaze to a latex or alkyd paint. Applying the diluted glaze mixture to a wall, will then give you the viewer, the impression of layers.

Along with the look of layers, comes an added textured feel.

Drywalled or sheet-rocked surfaces, that are slightly flawed, may look new, just by using a sponging or ragging technique on them.

Being able to dab on a darker color, one that you would normally shy away from, is another advantage for a finish faux technique.

With bold colored base coats, you will be able to subtly apply several translucent and successive lighter accents. Even after three or four layers of diluted tones, shades and hues (depending on technique), you will still be able to see the darkest colors showing threw.

Fortunately, you have a number of fauxing techniques to choose from. The five I list below are the fastest and easiest to apply.
All others types of faux techniques are usually a variation of the five types I have mentioned below.

Also, keep in mind, how your finished product looks, depends on the technique and application process that you use. Some techniques remove paint from a surface, while others add paint.

Always test your faux finish on a chunk of cardboard. one that has two coats of your base color applied to it.

An eggshell paint sheen, works well for positive techniques and semi-gloss, tends to complement negative ones.

Positive means adding paint as in (sponging), negative refers to taking paint off (smooshing).

You might want to create test boards, with dark base coats that have a light faux finish applied on top and visa versa.

Be sure and asses the condition of any previous paint jobs before beginning your finish faux techniques.

If your base needs recoating click on this learn the basics link, to help speed up the process. Choosing complementary colors from a color strip is the next step. Use your drapes carpet or furniture to help in your color selection.

Try to stick with accents that flow with the room and are a shade or two apart. You'll have a consistency in design by keeping your choices within the same color family.

You can buy alkyd (oil) paint and glaze for a sponging project if you would like. Oil does have the advantage of setting up slower, alkyd also has better transparency, giving alkyd colors a richer feel. Even so, unless your painting a large commercial wall, I would stay with latex.

If you feel you can work quickly, water is all you will need to thin the paint. The more glaze or water used, the more translucent your paint.

When painting longer or higher walls, adding a drying extender to the can of paint/glaze mixture, will help slow the latex from setting up to fast. Be sure the paint is dry between coats.

Accent based paints (usualy the darker colors) can dry at faster rates than unaccented ones. By applying quicker drying colors first, you should be able to speed up your finish faux project.

Using test boards prior to start, will give you ideas for color, along with the amount of paint glaze dilution to try. Practicing will also show you how fast you will need to work.

If your finish faux or decorative painting technique is applyed to a surface that receives high traffic, it requires protection. A faux finished floor or commonly used item such as a dresser, lasts longer if top coated with at least two coats of a water based varnish.

For the sake of speed, fauxing the lower half of a wall works best. You'll be happy with a room that uses wallpaper or another type border as a divider. If you do select a wallpaper border, choose your wall colors from the border itself.

Light colored paints look best at the top of a wall and darker tones, ones that implement your finish faux technique are an excellent choice for the bottom.

Faux finishing projects require tools, this finish faux tools link describes how a tool operates and which fauxing techniques can be done with the specific tool you decide to use.

For those who are curious as to what the five finish faux techniques are try this ideas interior decorating link.


Looking for painting solutions other than a finish faux technique. Click the home link. You should be able to find your decorating idea by reading the text.

If I have missed something or you would like to ask a question, e-mail me. Your address will be held in the strictest confidence. I will also try to answer you in as prompt a manner as possible.