What Supplies Do I Need For A Faux Finish Project?

What supplies do I need for a faux finish project? List of supplies to complete a faux finish project. A faux finish can be achieved by using the appropriate supplies. When done right, it can make any home...

A faux finish can be achieved by using the appropriate supplies. When done right, it can make any home more distinctive. Our expert, Lu Goodwin Mark, owner and director of Austin School of Faux Finishes at Design Center of Austin, says when utilized right it can give your home a dramatic effect.

"Some of the more common materials used in faux finishes might be glaze, cheese cloth, sponges, trowel, rag, and alcohol. Add scaffold, ladders, tape, drop clothes and all the regular painters' tools as well," Mark says.

Each faux-finish project has different requirements. But the following checklist can serve as a guide: Primer, glaze, coatings (paint--base coat and top coats, varnish, stain, etc.), a 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. Any of these items can be purchased online or at your local home improvement store.

Faux finishes require that you apply a colored base coat. After that you decorate that layer with another colored coating (glaze coat, or wash). In the end add a top coat to protect your work.

Oil base paints have the advantage of longer wet times, cleaner and clearer colors, and the ability to be more creative with mixing and blending while wet. The disadvantages are odor, a more costly cleanup, and additional safety precautions. Never use oil base products without having proper ventilation and make sure there are no open flames or sparks. Disposal of rags is another concern.

Latex base paints dry quickly, are easy to clean up using soap and water and are generally more readily available and less expensive. There are now products available that allow you to increase their open time, thus making them more desirable.

Great primer choices are Kilz (oil base) and Zinsser 1-2-3 latex primer. For your base color coats use satin or eggshell enamel. Flat wall paints do not allow you to work your various glazes.

If you follow these steps you will be on your way to creating a unique faux finish. Mark says in the end, you will be glad you applied it.

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