Wall Painting Techniques

To create a look of texture without the use of expensive paints or the use of a professional painter there are several techniques, applications and products to use in wall painting. Use this guide to matching your wall painting techniques with your home accessories and decor.

Faux Plaster

Creating the look of aged plaster is simple and less messy than using a joint compound blaster. To do this project you will need tissue paper-the kind you get in the gift wrapping section-enough latex satin paint to cover the walls, masking tape, drop cloths, a two inch brush and nap roller, disposable paint trays, and acrylic glazing. Tape off all baseboard and crown molding as well as door and window trim. After removing all furniture’s from the area, wipe down walls with mild soap and water and dry with clean soft cloth.

Crinkle tissue paper and set it aside

Roll on one coat of paint to wall surface

Smooth tissue paper over the wet paint with non-powdered vinyl gloves

Pat down the tissue paper gently with your fingers and apply a second coat of paint

While the paint is still wet, tear off any extra pieces gently and remove masking tape. Allow 3 to 4 hours of drying time. Once the paint is dry you can go back over it with a light acrylic glaze for an added antique effect called “tea staining”. This can be done with a medium mixed with glaze. This style works great with metallic wall art.

Suede Walls

Creating the look of soft suede is all in layers and brushing technique. A basic sponge painting application is used for this unique wall art look. You will need the following items:

Enough stain or semi-gloss latex paint to cover the area to be painted in two colors that are contrasting i.e. beige and sand, sky blue and pastel blue, light brown and tan.

Natural sea sponges varied in size that are cut with some pieces off a larger sponge to get into corners

Disposable paint trays

Gloves

Nap roller

Masking tape

Drop cloths or old bed sheets

Two-2 or 3 inch NATURAL hair brush with angled edge

Begin by taping off trim and moving furniture’s from the area. Paint the lighter color on the wall surface first with one or more coats. While the paint is wet, use a brush to apply secondary color to the sponge and lightly sponge the wall in a random overlapping pattern. With the second brush, moisten slightly with water and dip just the very tip of the brush in the secondary color. With a short quick back and forth motion, begin dry brushing the sponged paint and you will begin to see how the colors begin to blend. Dry brush carefully, so that the undercoat is not wiped off and continue to dry brush the wall surface until blended completely and the desired look has been achieved.