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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.

Step-by-step instructions


Faux Mahogany Finish

Faux Mahogany Finish

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

Step-by-step instructions

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Top 55 Faux Painting Projects

  1. 1. Decorative Paint Technique: Strie Painting

    Use paint to dress up a room with the look of fine fabric.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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...

  5. 5. How to Create Terra Fresco Walls

    Create a Tuscan look with terra fresco walls by using a plaster mix and shades of terra cotta paint.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. How To Create a Focal Wall

    To create faux limestone bricks on a wall as a focal point, use the trompe l'oeil painting technique.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. How to Paint a Faux Tile Backsplash

    Bland kitchen walls take on a traditional Italian look with maize paint and a faux tile backsplash.

    Time:
    --
    Cost:
    --
    Difficulty:
    --
  10. 10. How to Paint Faux Leather Walls

    Add a soft, inviting look to walls with a textured glaze finish that re-creates the look of leather.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  11. 11. Apply a Faux Pearl Treatment to a Bookcase

    Two shades of green paint and a faux pearl treatment provide a feminine facelift for the bookcase in a girl's spring bedroom.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  12. 12. Luxurious Linen Finish (02:10)

    Create a faux linen finish on your walls with these techniques.

  13. 13. Embossed Paper Wall Vase (03:24)

    Create a marvelous faux finish with this quick embossing technique.

  14. 14. How To Make a Positive Paint Application With a Patterned Paint Roller

    Learn how to make a positive paint application with a patterned roller. Like other positive paint-application techniques, this gives a ...

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  15. 15. Glaze Gives Furniture a Rich Look

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

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