Looking for a way to jazz up your interior walls, but finding it hard to settle on a color?  Why not consider faux finishing?  While the finished product can make it look daunting, the process is actually a lot easier than you may think, and will give your home a unique, hand-crafted look on a DIY budget.  Read on for my top 3 easy peasy looks!

1. Sponge Painting:  Ok guys, this one is pretty much fool proof.  I know we've all seen the horrendous1990s version of sponge painting, but trust me, we've come a long way since then!  These days, sponge painting is much more subdued, and provides a cool textured look upon completion.  Just paint your walls in the base color of your choice, and let dry - preferably overnight.  Next, take some paint either a shade or two darker or lighter than your base coat, and using a natural sea sponge, lightly tap at the walls. As long as your base coat and sponge layer coat are from the same color family, you'll avoid that retro look! If you want to get really fancy with it, you can finish up with a nice clear seal, which can provide a pretty shine...but really, that's about it! 

 

2.  Sandstone Finish:  Did I say sponge painting was easy? Well, giving your walls a sandstone finish is about as easy as it gets.  There are various companies that now provide paint with fine grains of sand already mixed in, so this one is as easy as painting with any "regular" color!  The sand provides a nice textured feel to the wall, and any incoming light will reflect off of the grains, giving it an almost sparkly effect.

3.  Dry Brushing:  This one is relatively easy, but it is kind of time consuming, so if you're looking for aquick project this might be best just for an accent wall or small space, like your entryway or hall.  You'll need to paint on a nice matte finish base coat in the color of your choice and then let dry for a full 24 hours.  You don't want the paint to feel sticky at all before you start the dry brushing process!  The next step is to take a medium sized brush, dip it into paint that's a few shades off from your base coat, and then dab off the excess on a piece of cardboard.  You only want just a small amount of paint on the brush...that's why it's called dry brushing.  Going section by section, brush the walls in a criss cross pattern.  You should just barely see the shape of the X's as you go.  After this dries, go over it one more time with the base coat color, making more criss crossed lines.  The finished product will give you a really neat, shabby chic distressed look, so all that effort will be worth it!

 

Keep in mind that all of these techniques can be used on more than just your walls, so if faux finishing an entire room is a little too overwhelming, go crazy on a dresser or end table instead!  

 

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