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How to DIY: Faux Like a Pro
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January & February 2013

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How to DIY: Faux Like a Pro

What You'll Need

- Foam roller
- Painter's tape
- Drop cloth
- Paint tray
- Metallic glaze
- Paint comb
- Clean cloth
- Spray bottle and water
- Interior paint in a matte finish (We used Burnt Sienna)

Time

Approximately three days, depending on the size of the room.

Difficulty

Hard


Step One

Prepare walls for faux-finish treatment. Freshly paint your wall with a neutral base coat or wipe down a wall that's already been painted until clean.


Step Two

Once your walls are prepped for the faux-finish treatment, tape off manageable sections of your wall to ensure the faux finish has continuity over the entire surface. Once the paint in step 1 is dry, section off 30" wide areas of your wall with painter's tape. You'll be painting every other section once you get started.


Step Three

Mix the glaze. Follow package instructions for mixing the glaze with your preferred paint color. We chose a dark sienna shade to create a sophisticated look that also complements the chair's frame.


Step Four

Use a spray bottle to add moisture to one section of your wall. Mist the area of the wall that you're working on with water from your spray bottle. Next, use a clean cloth to distribute the water evenly, making sure not to fully absorb it. This step will help prolong the dry time of the glaze.


Step Five

Apply glaze on your wall with a foam roller. Once you've applied the glaze, working from top to bottom, use the paint comb to draw vertical lines. Then, use the same technique but horizontally. Be sure to do this in a timely fashion, as you don't want the paint to dry completely in between applications.


Step Six

After you complete your first section, move to the next section. We recommend alternating panels in an every-other format to ensure dry time and color consistency.


Step Seven

Once paint has dried on the section, remove tape and reposition it to start a new section. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have created the desired effect on your entire wall. Allow a minimum of 24 hours for drying before arranging furniture and home decor.

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