Frequently Asked Painting Questions

I receive dozens of faux finishing and interior painting questions every week through the Contact Form on this website, and I find many of the same questions cropping up again and again.

I love the bathroom photo on your home page. What colors/techniques did you use to achieve that look?

The bathroom photo on the Home Page is a “color washing” technique done using a base coat of golden-yellow and then layering over the top with two different tinted glazes – one in a burnt orange, the other in a terracotta hue. Go to step-by-step instructions on color washing.

A similar look can be achieved by sponge painting with a golden-yellow base coat and the two aforementioned top colors.

Help! I’ve started a project that isn’t going well and I’m afraid I’ve screwed something up. What are my options?

Most importantly, relax. Interior painting is something that does not come naturally to most people and takes some practice before it begins to feel “right”. If you’ve made a mistake, don’t sweat it.

The wonderful thing about paint is that it is so easy to fix. If you don’t like how something looks, just choose a different color or technique and paint over it. Simple as that.

If you need help, check out our How To Paint pages, which give lots of helpful interior painting tips and hints to save trouble.

If you run into a real wall (no pun intended), or just find that you aren’t cut out for do-it-yourself painting, it may be time to call in a professional. Check out my page of tips on finding and selecting a professional painter.

How do I paint over textured walls or ceilings?

Painting over a textured wall or ceiling is not difficult, though performing certain faux finishing techniques on textured walls can be a challenge.

First, make sure that your textured surface is primed. If not, apply a good coat (or two) of primer. Then simply paint the textured surface as you would any other wall. You may need to use a brush fairly often to make sure that the entire surface is covered.

Some faux techniques, like sponge painting, can be done fairly easily on a textured surface. Others techniques, like color washing, can be rather difficult on a textured surface.

Where are all of the pictures?

I do apologize for the conspicuous lack of pictures to be found on the website, and I am working to remedy that. I am quite awful with a camera, and I’ve had a terribly insufficient digital camera for years. I finally have a new camera and hope to have some pictures (and perhaps even a short instructional video or two!) up on the site in the very near future.

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