A nice rag painted wall in a cozy home in Kenosha, Wisconsin – Photo Courtesy: cursedthing
Faux painting is an increasingly popular painting technique that helps homes look more interesting overall. Although you can hire someone to get the job done for you, there is no real reason why you can’t do it yourself.
The following article will help you with the basic tips of all you need to know to get things done right with rag painting. Simply follow the instructions ahead:
Choose Your Colors
First, you will need to choose your colors you plan on using. You should aim for at least two different colors which you want to combine in this work, as they will allow for the look you’re going for. If you want a good combination of colors, you should look for such colors that are actually shades of the same one. Make sure you have more than enough to complete your project.
Choose and Prepare the Area
Choosing the location is another important thing you will have to do. You have likely already made that choice before you went and bought your supplies, but if you haven’t, then you might want do consider exactly how far you want to go with the repainting process.
Prepare the area for painting, which includes using masking tape to protect electrical outlets, removing the covers and taping off the plugs, trimming and edges you don’t want to paint, including the window sills, and covering the window glass with nylon sheets and taping them to the sills. You will also need to place drop cloths all over the floor to keep it safe during the paint job.
The Initial Coat of Paint
The next step requires you to paint the initial coat of paint, using a color that will be a rather strong one. You can paint with a paint roller in the usual way, making sure you are careful around edges, windows and doors. You can use smaller brushes for those to achieve a perfect cover. You will need to allow the paint to dry out completely before you apply the next coat.
Use the Rag for the Second Coat of Paint
The second coat will be a bit more tricky. You need to use some disposable latex or rubber gloves to protect your hands from the paint. You should grab a nice, clean rag and use it to dip into the second shade of paint you’re going for. Wring it out and while its still moist, but not dripping with paint, then bunch it up in your hand. Starting on one side of the wall, dab the paint alongside the entire wall bit by bit. This will create varying patterns which will break the monotonous look of the wall. Keep going until you’ve covered everything.
Repeat the process if you need, letting the paint dry out completely before you continue each time. Repeat this as many times as you have to until you’ve used all the colors you’ve chosen on putting there. Save the dominant colors for last, as they will bind things together in the end.
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