Friday, August 1, 2008

Faux Painting and it's Benefits

I love faux painting on so many levels!

Faux painting is one of my acquired skills - I have done so many rooms and finishes that I can comfortably explain each technique. Some are easier than others, some are more expensive processes and more time consuming. If hiring a professional to faux paint for you, understanding the time involved in each process will help you understand the costs and charges involved. In addition, there are some great books I can recommend for the do-it-yourselfer to purchase and web sites that can help as well. I hope to be able to describe the finishes so you can have an idea of what the finish can look like and what room it may best compliment in your home. This topic in itself is so massive, it deserves it's own entry- actually,more than one! Each finish has it's own look, style and time constraints that as I move deeper into this log that I blog, I will try to address them all. For now, let me just tell you the benefits of faux painting as I see it.

The Benefits of Faux Painting

1. it covers a multitude of sins on your walls
2. it adds depth and dimension to a smaller room, allowing the walls to act as your artwork
3. there are so many different techniques that you can use, which helps make each room look different, giving the room it's own personality or feeling.

There is a multitude of faux finishes available. I will share a few of my favorites in each entry - I will also make available a list of books and web sites I would recommend if you are interested in learning to faux paint yourself. I am going to try to give you some of my insights about the finishes, as well as tips I found helpful.

The most important lesson to learn as a do-it-yourselfer, is that blue tape is your best friend!

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