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9 Faux Painting Effects

Faux Painting Effects

See an overview on how to create faux finishes such as graining, stenciling, distressing and more.

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How to Create Faux Marquetry

How to Create Faux Marquetry

Use wood stains to create the effect of an inlaid design.

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Faux Mahogany Finish

Faux Mahogany Finish

Get the look of rich mahogany with latex paint and glaze.

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Top 55 Faux Painting Projects

  1. 1. Glaze Gives Furniture a Rich Look

    Glaze is essential in creating rich, dimensional paint treatments such as in many faux and decorative paint techniques.

  2. 2. How to Apply a Dry-Brushing Technique to a Fireplace

    Use a dry-brushing technique to create an aged and rustic look for a fireplace. Dry-brushing is applied by painting several layers of e...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  3. 3. Crackle Paint

    Expert faux finisher Joe Fenzi shows how to achieve a crackle finish by applying a base coat and glue, then finishing with another colo...

  4. 4. Colorwashing Paint Techniques (05:30)

    Try an easy painting method to create soft, understated walls.

  5. 5. Decorative Paint Technique: Leather Wall Instructions

    Get the luxurious look of soft leather on your walls using simple plastic grocery bags.

    Time:
    2 hours
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  6. 6. How To Make a Textured Bookcase

    Give an old bookcase a new look with this strie treatment.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  7. 7. How to Add a Scumbled Design to an Inside Wall

    In this project, a geometric pattern is painted on a wall in four colors, then scumbled with the same colors to create texture and dept...

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  8. 8. How To Paint a Faux Wood Grain

    Create a faux wood-grain look on a table using gel stain and a wood-graining rocker.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  9. 9. Embossed Paper Wall Vase (03:24)

    Create a marvelous faux finish with this quick embossing technique.

  10. 10. How to Apply a Faux Wood Technique to a Dresser

    After the walls are painted, the dresser in this bedroom gets a faux wood look using a graining tool.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  11. 11. How To Add Finishing Touches and Faux Finishes to a Log Cabin

    Top off the rustic and homey decor of a log cabin with these ideas.

    Time:
    --
    Cost:
    --
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  12. 12. Old World Faux Finishes (03:50)

    Give any space an Old World look with this easy faux finish technique.

  13. 13. How to Paint Wood Burle Shelves

    Learn how to transform plain white shelves into dark faux-knotted shelves, using an artist brush and toothpick.

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  14. 14. How to Paint Faux Wood-Grain Pocket Doors

    Liven up pocket doors with a faux wood-grain technique.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  15. 15. How To Paint a Faux Limestone Finish

    Paint subtle limestone-look blocks on a wall, using latex paints and tinting colors.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
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