Where Can I Buy Faux Finish Tools?

Where can I buy faux finish tools? Advice on where to purchase faux finishing tools. The proper tools are essential to making the faux finishing technique work. Tools like trowels and scrapers can be found...

The proper tools are essential to making the faux finishing technique work. Tools like trowels and scrapers can be found in many different stores. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, has some advice on where to go to buy your tools.

"There are some faux finishing tools and stencils available locally at some home improvement stores, some high end paint stores, and at schools teaching faux finishes. But, by far the largest selection of faux finish tools and stencils are available on the internet," Mark says.

The internet has a variety of sites that can give you discounts on faux finishing tools as well. Mark suggests first taking a class at a faux finishing school that way you know exactly what you need to buy. You will also learn about the quality of the tools you are purchasing. Some may work better than others. By exchanging information with your instructors and other students you can find the best tools for you and your project.

Here are some of the tools you will need to get started on your faux finishing project: Primer, glaze, coatings (paint--base coat and top coats, varnish, stain, etc.), paint tray, brushes and rollers, technique -specific tools (sponges, feathers, rags, wood-graining tools, etc.), water bucket, clean-up cloths, rags, soap and water (for acrylic paints and glazing liquids)mineral spirits (for alkyd paints and glazing liquids), and rubber gloves.

Some popular types of faux finishing techniques you might want to use are: crackle finish, glazing, sponging, combing, rag rolling, malachite finish, marbling, wood graining, leather look, brown bag or elephant skin look, cracked ice, and Venetian plaster or stucco look.

Each of these techniques will give your home a unique look. It's a good idea to do some research on what you want to accomplish, before you start your project. There are some techniques that create a subtle swirling effect on the walls. Others look like waves in the ocean. Whatever you are looking for, there is probably something out there to suit your needs.

The basic foundation of faux finishing works like this: You first need a base coat. After that, you will have to apply another color on top of that. In the end, to seal your work you will have to apply a top coat.

If you can't afford to take a class, talk with an instructor at a faux finishing school. They can help guide you in what you need to get your project completed. You can always email faux finishing professionals listed on the internet, as well. You will find most people are very happy to help. In the long run, it will save you from making big and costly mistakes. Of course, you can always hire a professional to do the job for you. However, if you are the artistic type and you are looking forward to creating something new, do it yourself. In the end, you will have something to be very proud of and you can call it your own.

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