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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.

Step-by-step instructions

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Top 55 Faux Painting Projects

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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...

  3. 3. How to Paint a Desk Using a Faux Wine Barrel Technique

    Learn how to transform a desk to look like a wine barrel, using only paint.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  4. 4. How To Faux Finish a Filing Cabinet

    Change the look of a boring industrial file cabinet with faux-finish spray paint that looks like textured stone and marble.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  5. 5. Faux Marquetry for Wood Floor (03:30)

    Add faux marquetry to a wood floor with wood stain and a paint brush.

  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. Gold Leaf Faux Finish (01:57)

    Create a textured metallic finish using this elegant technique.

  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. How To Paint a Faux Leather Desktop

    A hollow-core door with a leather-look painted finish adds a rich look to an inexpensive desk.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  10. 10. How To Apply a Fresco Blend Technique to Walls

    Learn how to add dimension to a wall with this painting technique.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  11. 11. How To Create Faux Stone Walls

    Damaged bedroom walls gain dimension and texture when layered with wall compound and finished with green paint and black glaze.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  12. 12. How To Marbleize a Wooden Column

    Follow this marbleizing technique to add a faux finish to just about any surface.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  13. 13. Old World Faux Finishes (03:50)

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

  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. How to Create the Look of Suede on Walls

    Learn how to apply a suede technique to dinning room walls for a mid-century look.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
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