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Learn how to create faux finishes such as sponging, graining, stenciling and distressing in these photos. The techniques use paint or glaze to create a unique effect.

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Sponging

A sponge is one of the easiest tools for a paint-effect novice to get to grips with. Build up the finish in layers until you achieve your desired density of color. If different shades of the same color are used, then the final effect will be subtle; if contrasting colors are used then you will get a bolder result.

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