For those who want an old fashion Tuscan look to your home there are few methods to achieve this classic look. One method is to use cheesecloth or rags to create the faux texture. All that is needed is the right choice of vibrant color, cheesecloth, a glaze and roller to create a Tuscan faux wall. L. W. Winslow Painting, Inc. will share how you can achieve this awesome faux texture using this simple method.
What Do I Need for Faux Painting?
Prepare the room like any other painting project. Remove the furniture, face plates to outlets or light switch covers, and use masking tape around the edges you wish to protect from the paint. You will also want to lay plastic or canvas cloth to protect your floors. For this method of applying a faux Tuscan finish to your walls you will want to have all of the tools, paint and glazes you will need to complete the project ready. Here is a list of tools and paint you will need to complete a Tuscan faux finish.
- Paint tray for each color, paint brush and rollers.
- Rubber or latex gloves, string sticks to help mix or blend the glazing recipes, and blue painter tape.
- Clear acrylic glaze, 2 colors of latex paint one for the base color and the other for the texture or pattern.
- A mixing bucket and, of course, a 2×2 square cheesecloth or rag for the texture.
How Do You Apply a Faux Paint Finish?
Start by rolling up to 1 or 2 coats if needed of the base or under color of the wall and let it dry. If you haven’t done so yet, take this time to mask off baseboards, trims and ceiling with the blue painter’s tape. With the base coat dry and painted, you can now mix together the top coat. Depending on the type of glaze you’re using, the recipe may change. Most will use one part clear glaze to one part paint with one part water. Again, read the directions since some will vary. To create the faux finish, roll on the glaze coat in a blotchy pattern going up and down and side to side–don’t roll the glaze coat on evenly. When using the roller don’t over soak it with the glaze, this will help create the blotchy pattern. Only paint a 4×4 foot section at a time. Additionally, don’t overlap the edges either. Make sure you’re wearing gloves for this next step. Soak the cheesecloth in water and wring it out so that the cloth is damp and not dripping. With the cloth folded in fourths, dip it into the glaze mixture and squeeze it out. Unfold the cloth and then lay it out on the wall. Press the cloth with your hands to create a faux pattern on the wall. Continue to apply the cheese cloth in sections on the wall. Fold the cheesecloth and dab at the edge of the sections to help hide the fingerprints, or you can use the roller. To create a variety of shades, occasionally dip the cheese cloth in water and wring it out to change the tone of the color. This will help make a diverse look of the faux finish as well.
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If you want a professional to help you create the faux Tuscan finish, L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. can help. We have many services and have experience with faux finishes. If you don’t have the experience painting or applying faux finishes, contact us today!