Introduction to Faux Finishes

The allure of faux finishes are the truly dramatic touch they can add to a room or a space…for a very small cost.

Paint is really unique in the flexibility and variety that it offers. The number of different surfaces that paint can replicate is really limited only by the imagination.

This page will give you a general overview of the most popular faux finishes, such as leather, marble, and many others.

Click on any of the highlighted links below to be taken to step-by-step instructions for that individual finish.

Each of these individual pages will include a list of necessary supplies and prep work, and step-by-step instructions for creating your favorite look.



There are many different methods available for creating these looks. Nearly every paint store will provide brochures and pamphlets outlining their techniques.

I have attempted to provide you with the techniques that I have found to be the easiest and most effective.

Each of these techniques will require different tools and paints. I strongly recommend that you use high quality paints, glazes, and tools.

Most major brand-name paints will suffice, but beware of discount store brand paints. While quality supplies may cost more initially, they will typically save your time, sanity, and perhaps even money in the end.

For some quick information on choosing paints and glazes, check out Selecting Paints & Glazes .

Whether you are creating a faux leather look for a den or a fun denim look for a child’s bedroom, prep work is very important.

Do not breeze through the surface and paint preparation part of the process. Take your time and do it right. Prep work can be monotonous, but certainly not more monotonous than starting over from scratch and wasting time and money.

I always suggest that before you begin any work on your permanent surfaces, test the paint technique on a practice board. Poster board, a spare piece of drywall, almost anything can be used as a practice board, so long as a coat of primer is applied first.

This will give you a chance to perfect your technique before beginning anything permanent. It will also give you a preview of the colors you have chosen.

Most importantly, have fun with the process. The beauty and ambiance of your new room will be beyond price, as will the satisfaction you feel at having done it yourself!

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