Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Faux Like a Proby Jessica Groach
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
New paint color is a refreshing change. But faux paint finishes add visual interest with texture and depth. Here are some of the most common techniques. First, choose two complementary colors: a base paint color, and a glaze color that's a few shades darker.
Sponging:Go for interesting textures. A kitchen sponge works, but so does a big sea sponge.
Ragging:This effect is softly mottled. Choose lint-free cloths like diapers, sheets, towels or potato sacks. Practice this technique before hitting the walls.
CombingBy dragging a tool through your glaze color, you add geometric texture and depth to a space. Choose a specialty comb from a hardware store, or a window squeegee notched like a comb.
As with all effects, never stop mid-wall, but step back occasionally to make sure you're getting the look you want. Faux paint finishes will make you look like an artist, and your home, a showpiece.
About the Author
Jessica Groach, a new homeowner herself, is a freelance writer and writing instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work has appeared in various lifestyle and business publications, including a Warner Business Book, and she has seven years? experience in advertising and television production.