Local Painter Provides Unique Look for Home Interiors with Faux Finishes

  • February 21, 2020

A fresh paint job can make revive a home’s appearance. But sometimes plain paint can be boring for some. If a more unique look is desired, a faux finish can be the solution.

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What Exactly Is a Faux Finish?

A faux finish is a decorative paint finish that resembles a material like marble, wood, and stone. There are several different methods used to produce the look. 

1. Concrete-ing

As the name implies, this type of faux painting replicates a concrete finish. To create this look, white, grey and black paint colors are applied along with glazing. Concrete faux finishes have a rustic look.

2. Graining

This faux finish uses paint and special tools to produce the look of wood grain. Graining can mimic different types of wood, like oak, mahogany, walnut or maple. 

3. Strie

Strie painting creates soft lines of color that resemble the look of fabric. To accomplish the look, a paint and glaze mixture is applied vertically, followed by dragging a specific brush down through it.

4. Sponging

Sponge painting has been used for many years to create unique walls. A special sponge is used to dab paint onto the surface. Varied shades of the same color can produce a subtle depth to the surface. 

5. Denim

Denim painting uses indigo colors to resemble a blue jeans-hued finish. The paint is applied using both vertical and horizontal brush strokes to mimic denim material.

6. Bricking

This faux painting method creates an illusion of bricks on the surface. Paint is applied with sponges, cut to the shape of bricks. 

7. Ragging

A damp crumpled cloth is used to apply the glaze onto a wet painted or glazed surface.

8. Rag-rolling

A crumpled rolled up rag is rolled over wet paint or glaze. For a more dramatic effect, the rag can be dipped into the paint or glaze and rolled onto the surface. 

9. Marbleizing


Faux marbling is a painting technique that replicates the look of marble. It can be used instead of the real thing when cost or weight is prohibitive.

10. Leathering

The look of leather can be accomplished by rolling glaze over the base coat with several chamois cloths tied together.

11. Stippling

Stippling produces a softer, subtler faux finish, by pushing a stippling brush vertically onto the wet glazed or painted surface. 

12. Stenciling

Pre-cut stencils are taped to the surface, then paint is applied with a stenciling brush. 

13. Plastering

Plaster of Paris is actually applied to the surface with a putty knife, then paint or glaze is applied over it. 

14. Distressing

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This type of finish has become quite popular in recent years, especially on furniture. It creates an old, worn look on the piece, which creates the “shabby chic” appearance desired.

15. Dragging

To produce an appearance similar to seagrass wallpaper, a dragging brush is used to slowly drag onto the wet paint. This can create both vertical and horizontal lines on the surface.

DIY Faux Painting?

Many of the links in this article discuss faux painting as a DIY project. While it is possible, keep in mind that these techniques require patience, skill, time, and the right tools.

A better choice would be to hire a professional who is experienced in the art of faux painting. They will have the knowledge, skill, and tools needed to get quality results.

About HBP Painting Contractors

HBP Painting is a local family-owned and operated painting contractor, serving thousands of customers in the St. Louis, St. Charles and other surrounding areas for over 30 years. They offer quality results and outstanding customer service in all they do. 

Whether it’s commercial painting, residential painting, cabinet painting, or faux finishes, HBP Painting does it right. Contact them today to get a free estimate on any painting project.