Style Files: Paint Like a Pro

22 Jul

Today’s Tip: Paint Like a Pro

Challenge: We wanted a custom-looking paint job to accent our formal dining room but didn’t want to foot the bill for professional painters.

Solution: We painted the formal dining room the same creamy-beige color as the rest of the house. Then, we came back the next day after giving it ample time to dry with a tinted glaze. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Get a quart of BEHR Faux Glaze and a sample size of any dark brown shade.
  2. Pour the glaze into a paint tray, and slowly added quarter-size amounts of the brown paint to the glaze while stirring.
  3. Once the glaze becomes a nice brown color (it’s not an exact science), dip an old rag into the mixture.
  4. Then, in sweeping motions, rub the glaze onto the wall.
  5. Before it has a chance to dry, wipe the wall again, allowing the darker brown to fall into the crevices of the wall.
  6. Be careful not to make certain sections of the wall darker than others.
  7. Most importantly, don’t stop in the middle of a wall. It is very difficult to blend in where you stop and start once it has dried.
If you look carefully, you can see some spots where I messed up. But, we were very happy with the result and you can always hang things on the walls to cover up any blemishes:
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4 Responses to “Style Files: Paint Like a Pro”

  1. Katie July 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Great job!!! Looks like I need to hire you!!!

    • House to Home July 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks, Katie! I like the results of painting, but the process is painful!

  2. Dad July 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    It does look very good. yall did a nice job!

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