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English 1210 630 TTH March 2004 How to create a faux finish Subtractive Glazing Method Frottage Throughout the years magicians artists and all people alike try to fool the eye This can be achieved in many different ways but one that hits close to home is decorative finishing commonly referred to as faux finishing With the hundreds of paint colors and mediums available to the public at hardware stores this is now becoming a popular trend Why go and spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars depending on the size of the home when you can do it yourself Even though it can be a timely event if you follow the steps properly you will be happier with the results knowing you put your own artistic freedoms into the work and that you saved a ton of money The Frottage method produces a soft and warm ambience to the room The pattern will look like small sunbursts or snowflakes adding depth and aesthetic value to a once dreary room Faux finishes provide many advantages over wallpaper paint or paneling For example it can be applied to almost any surface given that the correct material primer is used It will also last longer then wallpaper With wallpaper having seams humidity and environmental changes can cause the paper to peal or discolor In fact faux finishes actually can become more beautiful with age Also if you have a wall that has had layer upon layer of paint water damage or unevenness in the texture the faux finish will add depth and vary from one area to the next causing the imperfections to disappear into the paint Faux Finish can change how large or small a room looks You can make a smaller area appear larger by using lighter colors and a soft technique It can also make a large area appear smaller by using dark colors and a dramatic technique You may also want to
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