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How to Create a Color & Wash Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

You can create elegant and individual finishes using Faux Glazing techniques.

For Best Results:

Mix the entire quantity of glazing color needed for each glaze before you start painting.  You'll help ensure uniformity of color.

 

Suggested Supplies

  • 4" Brush
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Pad Applicator
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Sea Sponge
  • Stir Stick

Colors Used in This How-To

Sandstone Cove
730C-2
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Castle Hill
750B-5
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Bear Rug
S-G-790
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Step 1

Paint the base color and allow it to dry completely before glazing.

Step 2

This project uses 2 topcoat glaze colors.
To prepare the first topcoat glaze color, pour 1 part PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® or PREMIUM PLUS® paint (one quart) and 4 parts FAUX GLAZE (one gallon) into a bucket and mix the contents thoroughly. For a more see-through, transparent look, add extra faux glaze to the mixture. For a denser or more opaque glaze color, add more paint to the mixture. The mixture will generally cover approximately 400 sq. ft.

Use this same 1:4 ratio in the preparation of the second topcoat glaze color.

Step 3

Pour the first color glaze mixture into a paint tray and work a 6" mini roller into the glaze until it is fully loaded. To remove excess glaze, roll the tool on the ribbed area of the paint tray.

TIP:
Test your technique and color combinations on a practice board before you begin your project.
Step 4

Starting at the top corner of your project, roll a very thin coat of this first glaze color onto a small section. You do not have to cover the base color completely with the colored glaze.

Step 5

Quickly and in the same section, brush on short, random strokes of the second glaze color with a 4" brush.

TIP:
Be sure to leave some of the base and first glaze color showing.
Step 6

While the colored glazes are wet, follow your treatment with a pad applicator. In both small and large overlapping crisscross motions, gently blend the glaze colors together.

TIP:
The more you use the pad applicator, the softer the finish will look.
Step 7

Continue to work in small sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

TIP:
Stand back and preview your work periodically to ensure an even look.
Step 8

Repeat the process until the project is complete.