1. Always Prep Your Walls – before starting a project I like to put one coat of paint on the walls first (you know, the solid base color that goes with your chosen faux design). Then I can tell what problems (like cracks, holes and dings) need to be fixed. Then once the walls are looking good you can apply the finish coat and then begin your faux design texture or pattern.
2. Always Use Quality Paints – if you are serious about your home (or your customers homes) I strongly recommend using the best brands of paints and glazes possible. Benjamin Moore has excellent products and good instruction brochures as well. As an artist you will find which products work best for you.
3. Mask off Woodwork and Ceiling – most faux painters I have seen aren’t much in the painting department. They are just part-timers doing a project here and there for someone I guess. They get paint on the ceiling as well as on the woodwork. Also no prep work was probably done either.
A professional faux artist not only can do good designs or patterns, they also take time to do the prep work and to have nice cut-in lines around the ceiling, doorways and trim. They may also mask off certain things like the baseboards and trim.
4. Practice Your Patterns Before Applying – if you want to be a really good faux artist I would get a full sheet of drywall to practice on or even some washable vinyl sheets. Learn to master several popular patterns or designs well.
Before starting a new project, getting re-familiar with one of your patterns before you start a job will only make your work that much easier and better as well. Also, if you are in business, your work will be your best advertisement so make it look good!
5. Get Brochures from Benjamin Moore and Other Companies – this will help you get a basic start by learning a few basic designs. Later on you can take on more advanced designs or patterns. The better the company the better their instructional brochures will be.
And that's it for faux painting tips.
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