Faux Finishing Techniques seen on the show

Here are the paint colors, proportions, and a quick review of the techniques used for the three decorative finishes shown in this project. All colors refer to Behr latex wall paints.

As with all decorative finishes, experiment, adjust, and practice on large samples before attempting to do the finish on a wall.

*A short video containing excerpts from the programs showing these three effects is available in the hometime.com store.



Carie's Recipes:

MULTI-LAYER, BURIED-STENCIL EFFECT (Dining Room)

  • Base coat with Solomon Sand, satin finish.
  • Randomly brush on these colors, each mixed 50-50 with glaze:
  • - Gondola
    - Elk Tan
    - Woodsman Green
    - English Rose
    - Brackish Green
    - Saddle Soap

    (Once Dean, Robin, and Carie had applied all these colors randomly, Carie went back and used more Woodsman Green and English Rose (again mixed 50-50 with glaze) where needed to achieve a consistent look.)

  • "Blend" with Elk Tan mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze, using a brush to apply and cheesecloth to soften.
  • Apply stencils randomly with Brackish Green mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze.
  • "Bury" the stencils with a mixture of Gondola and Elk Tan (yes, mix these paints together) mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze.

 

PITTED EFFECT (Office—Above Chair Rail)

  • Base coat with Angora Scarf, satin finish.
  • Randomly brush on Medieval Brown and Ground Clove, each mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze.
  • Soften randomly with cheesecloth.
  • Spatter on denatured alcohol.
  • After a moment, dry brush to create "pits."




CROCODILE SKIN TEXTURE (Office—Below Chair Rail)

  • Mix 3 gallons of lightweight joint compound, 1 tube of latex caulk (no silicone), and 6-8 drops of Joy dish detergent.
  • Apply a thin layer of the mixture to a section of wall.
  • Embed some cheesecloth, apply more mixture, then remove the cheesecloth.
  • Repeat across the entire wall and let dry overnight.
  • Apply base coat: Saddlesoap, satin finish. Let dry.
  • Brush a section with Ground Clove mixed 1 part paint to 4 parts glaze. Pat off with a rag, leaving some glaze on the surface. Repeat on the rest of the wall.

 

*Paints used for these faux finishing techniques are Behr© process colors

 

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