The choice of enamel or faux finish of a room can have a space of ho-hum to beautiful without breaking your budget. It is a process that requires planning, however-and a little more effort than a roller and a bucket of paint. For enamel a wall, the paint is mixed with a liquid enamel product and applied on a base layer, usually a different color than the glaze layer. This gives the walls a smoother finish than painting strictly in a single color and allows you to really adapt the room to your liking.
Determine your style
The glazing technique you choose will determine the necessary supplies, time and workmanship (some processes work better with the two painters). So select your glazing wall techniques before you do anything else.
• The sponge bath: The enamel layer is applied using large-pore sponges, available at most hardware stores and paint supply.
• Ragging: Similar to the sponge, ragging involves the use of a piece of quilted fabric to apply the enamel layer. This gives rise to the softer edges, more like the leather or the plaster faded.
• Marbleizing: The dyed enamel is layered on a base layer, using specialized pens to create the marble appearance. One of the most time-consuming techniques, marbleizing also provides a more formal finishing look.
• Smooshing: Comparable to marbleizing in the final results, Smooshing implements plastic bundles to apply the enamel layer, instead of feathers. The Smooshing technique is more tolerant than marbleizing and less formal as well.
• Strie/Drag: The enamel layer is applied with a standard roller; But, while wet, a wallpaper brush, comb or other tool is dragged through the paint to create a striated effect.
• Dry brushing: The same concept as the drag, but the enamel layer is applied with dry brushes in random strokes, crossed to create a degraded, casual appearance.
Buy your materials
Once you have determined which technique suits your taste and your room, you meet the supplies you need.
• Mix the sticks
• Paint tray (s)
• The rollers and cages of handles/
• Mixing Spoon
• Finishing brushes (to approach the baseboards and Windows)
• Painter’s tape
• Paints (latex, preferably eggshell or satin)
• Liquid glazing (latex)
• Appropriate accessories (depending on the technique you have chosen, you may need sponges, lint-free rags, marbleizing feathers, plastic bags or drop sheets, wallpaper pasta brushes, combs or other drag tools)
Prepare your space
Always mask non-paint surfaces with good tape. And, due to multiple tools and fluids will be involved, use covers to cover the floor and furniture that cannot be eliminated. Also, be sure to clean the walls and repair damaged areas before applying the base liner.
Once you have applied the base liner, wait at least 24 hours before applying the enamel coating. Work in small sections with the liquid glazing, so that the top layer does not dry before you have finished your decorative technique. Check out his paint shop for suggestions on color combinations and key application tips for each technique.