Faux Glazing Tips

Tips for Beginning Faux Glaze Finishing - Interior Walls

by Jeanette Fisher

It's always nice to be armed with a few labor and frustration-saving tips before you begin a project of any kind, and that's especially true with a faux finishing project. Here are a few of my favorite tips for making your next faux glazing  job go as smoothly as possible.

When applying a base color, it's best to use a paint that has a slight sheen. Whether you choose an eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss, using a paint with a sheen will make it easier for you to then use whatever technique you're going to employ to add the next coat (or however many coats you're going to apply).

If you want to add a bit more of a transparent look to your top coat, try adding a little more faux glaze into your paint-and-glaze mixture. The normal mixture consists of one quart of paint to four quarts (one gallon) of faux glaze. The standard mixture will cover about 400 square feet of wall space.

On the other hand, if you want your top coat to be a bit more dense, just add a little more paint to the mixture. Don't go overboard, since adding more paint will provide more coverage--but you're not trying to simply paint over your base coat. You want to achieve a balance if you want to get the most satisfactory results.

Don't forget to stir your paint-and-glaze mixture from time to time. The two components are different enough that they will have a tendency to separate if they're not stirred from time to time.

It's a great idea, especially if you're new, to practice your technique on a practice board before you tackle a wall. This is also a good idea even if you're a seasoned pro if you've chosen two colors that aren't close to each other on the color wheel. It will give you a chance to see how they go together before you start a major wall renovation.

When you're working in a tight area or in a corner, you'll get better results and make fewer mistakes if you cut a smaller piece out of your applicator, whether it's a sponge or a piece of cloth. If you're working with a cloth, you'll get a more natural random look if you periodically open your rag and recrumpled it. When the rag gets too saturated, just rinse it out and start again.

It's a good idea to work quickly so that your glaze color doesn't dry before you've finished the section you're working on. If the glaze seems to be drying too quickly, you can use a squirt bottle to lightly mist the area. Don't stop until you've finished the entire wall. Don't take a break and come back if you want to attain the most uniform coverage and consistent look.

Although all the do-it-yourself directions tell you to use rags to apply glaze, the pros who worked at the Faux Flip used brushes to apply glaze. And, Kari Barron used dry powder, instead of liquid glaze, on a wet sponge.   My personal favorite: plastic grocery bags to apply transparent glaze, cheesecloth to take away, followed by a dry large old paint brush to feather any lines.

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