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TIME: 300 Sq Ft (Estimating time) wall area per hour (2 Coats)

RAG PAINTING TOOLS: Drywall knife, caulk/gun, brush/can, roller/cage/pole/, tray/liner, drops, pencil, measuring tape, two 2Ft by 2Ft sheets of thick cardboard sewing pins.

PRODUCTS: Drywall mud, caulking, tray liners, tape, plastic, spray can of stain blocker Cotton rag, rubber gloves.

PAINT: Primer ( primer/sealer section) 2 gallons of complementing paint, quart of glaze. The amount of paint depends on the size of the room (Estimating paint)

COST: $75.00 (not including tools) 150 Sq Ft floor area. (Estimating Time)


Push sewing pins threw the four corners of the cardboard. Spray with stain blocker. When its dry apply a coat or two of what you'll use for the lower walls. The pins can be legs to hold the cardboard up for drying. Start by mixing a small amount of the colors you used on both the top and bottom of the room. Record your dilution. begin with 2 parts glaze or water to 1 part paint. Example two tablespoons of glaze or water to 1 tablespoon of paint. Mix your finish together. Put your gloves on and use the rag to dab the non painted cardboard. Know dab the painted piece with the glazed or washed mixture onto the upper corner of the cardboard. You will need to dab around a bit to blend and feather. Know that you know what 2 to 1 to looks like try 3 or 4 to one keep doing this recording the dilution on the cardboard below the dabbed area . Once the first trial dries dab them with a less diluted mixture. You may decide to go with a third even less more diluted coat. Combine your diluted versions of the upper and lower colors till you've create a combination of tones that your happy with. If you'ld prefer use more sheets of cardboard. Keep testing until you find what you like then rag the walls on an alternate day or weekend. Know that you have decided on a combination of paint mixtures you can start dabbing the walls. Before begining your rag painting use the plastic, drops and tape to set up, then the putty, knife, and caulking gun to prep out the room. With the measuring tape and pencil, mark the walls in the corner of the room, three or four feet from the bottom of the floor up. Where you decide start depends on the type of border you'll be using. Go with what's astatically pleasing to you. Having difficulty choosing, ask a friend or family member to help. If your using paper or chair rail place six or eight feet (length) of either item horizontally onto the wall with tape then stand back and have a look. Of course if your rag painting the hole wall you can skip this part. I myself don't recommend fauxing to much of an area because of the time it takes. Also when you faux from top to bottem you'll have to tape the ceiling and it's more difficult to cut in while dabbing. It's best to stick with the lower part of the wall. Once you've compleated tapping (2" wide is good) by using the pencil marks as a guide your ready to begin your rag painting. Start by cuting in the room along with any doors or windows you'll be working around. If your just learning how to use a brush be sure to tape off objects you don't want paint on. Now you can roll in the walls (rolling) down to the tape that runs along the middle of the room. Use an eggshell sheen for rag painting on and a semi gloss for ragging off. Once you've applyed the first topcoat proceed to cutting and rolling the bottom. Use a darker complementing color (choosing color) for the lower part of the room. After you've finished the top and bottom (two coats may be required depending on your color choices) your ready to faux. The rag painting on technique requires applying a thin coat of wash (thinned Latex paint) or glaze follow the instructions on the back of the can. The color wash needs quick work because it sets up fast. Generally the first coat of glaze is quite diluted 9 parts of water or glaze to 1 part of paint. When deciding to do the ragging off technique the process is the same only in reverse. Apply the diluted paint mixture over the entire wall or painted cardboard. Then quickly use a damp rag to remove the glaze from the surface. You can keep adding and removing different dilutions of glaze or wash until your have the desired effect. If you would prefer rag rolling twist a piece of damp cotton into a (1 inch minimum thick) rope shape. Proceed by rolling the rag rope over your glazed surface. Once the paint is dry remove the tape running around the room and apply your( border). With the tape removed you should have a paint line to use for leveling out the border. Stay just above the line as you go around the room. Starting with test boards and following your own techniques, for rag painting the walls will give you an astatically pleasing room to look at.


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