You mean we're NOT looking at a table made from crystallized minerals? To make this stunning faux finish, paint a base layer in a bright green mint or teal color. Then, with different shades of darker teal (each in a mixture of one part paint to three parts glaze), use brushes of varying size to create rock-like swirls, layering them slightly over each other.
Want to pretend your laminate shelf is actually wood? Well, the Little Green Notebook has got you covered. Once you paint your base color, mix the color of your grain using one part oil-based paint to one part thinner or Penetrol. Paint your surface in sections, then use a wood-grain rocker to form the grain. Make sure to vary your technique to imitate the variations found in a real wood surface.
Faux Exposed Brick
Want some brick where you've got none? Well, if you're up for a bigger undertaking, you—like the intrepid weekend warrior at Do-It-YourselfDesign—can DIY it! Measure and tape the outline for your "bricks" on your wall, then cover with interior stucco. When the stucco is dry to the touch but still soft, remove the tape. Once the wall is completely dry, paint it white and your room will look like it belongs in a NYC brownstone!
Faux Barn Wood
Faux Copper Patina
To create this distressed look, Shabby to Chic Designs used the ultimate faux finishing technique—dry brushing. After you dip your brush in paint, dab it on a paper towel until it is essentially dry. Then lightly paint your surface to create a cool, weathered look.
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Quick Tip: Woodgraining
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