By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A decorative faux finish can go a long way to transform a room and sharpen its focus. The colors you choose can be subtle or bold, and the technique can create a soft or dramatic texture. If your walls are covered in a paint color you like, use it as a base or bottom coat and apply a new glaze finish on top.
Designers tell us the base coat should be a color from your existing furniture, fabric or rug used with a topcoat in a similar shade for a mellow scheme; to create a contrast use one that is darker. To prevent a patchwork of colors with different room colors off a hall consider using a faux finish in the hall that’s a blend the colors. To get an idea of how a base coat and glaze coat work together, visit the faux finish display at a paint or home center, where you can see the results of combining different color bases with topcoats and glazes. You'll also find a selection of paint and paint aids - rollers, gadgets, sponges - to create these special looks.
When you have the colors and applicators you want, take the time to practice on the back of a large, flat surface or poster board to experiment until you find exactly the look you want to achieve. Applying the paint is easy, but remember that it takes time for the paint to dry, so don't rush the job. You may decide to apply more than one glaze to achieve the effect you want. To see a wide range of faux finish videos go to www.dutchboy.com.
A painting contractor will charge $670 to create a specialty finish on walls of a 10-by-12-foot room using a base and topcoat. You can do the job for $145 - the cost of the paint and tools - and save 82 percent. If you're a creative soul, the savings won't matter as much as the pleasure of doing this yourself.
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The average price to create a faux finish noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020