Tuscan Faux Painting Technique

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You can easily transform any room with Tuscan faux paint finishes. This look brings to mind warm Mediterranean villas with elegant, time-worn walls, and now you can bring this elegance to your own home.

Materials for Faux Painting

Tuscan faux painting modifies not only the color, but also the texture of the walls, so you may want to start with a smaller room, such as a bathroom, for your first project. Tuscan faux finish can be applied right over existing paint, and there is no need to prime the walls first – just be sure the surfaces are clean and dry.

For this technique, you will need joint compound, a plastering trowel, latex satin paint in a pale beige or dull yellow shade, two shades of oil-based wood stain (these should be in a medium warm brown and a very dark brown tones), a paint roller and some cheesecloths. Everything you need is available at most home improvement centers or paint supply stores.

Step-by-Step Faux Painting

The first step is attaining the proper texture. For that, apply the joint compound to the entire surface and spread it out thinly with the trowel. Wipe the trowel often and use a final dabbing motion to get just the right degree of high and low points. You are not aiming for smoothness here – a rough texture is essential for a true Tuscan look. Joint compound is a thick substance, and you should let it dry overnight.

When the walls are completely dry, apply one coat of the latex base coat with your roller. This coat should be applied fairly thinly as well (don’t oversaturate your roller with paint), so that there is paint on the peaks and flat areas of the wall, but the more indented spots remain bare. Let the paint dry for a day.

Using your cheesecloth and working on a 3’ x 3’ area at a time, generously rub on the lighter color of stain. With a clean cheesecloth, immediately wipe over the same area. This will allow the stain to get to the areas that remain unpainted and will also begin the subtle coloring process.

Finishing Up

When this coat is dry, apply the second, darker color of stain using an even lighter hand and again spread it with the cheesecloth, and then remove it with the second cheesecloth. Since Tuscan faux painting techniques utilize the blending together of the colors, you can use the same two pieces of cheesecloth for both coats.

The finished room will have a warm and authentic, mottled Tuscan look and feel. Chances are, you will find this painting technique so easy, you may decide to venture on to other rooms and transform your entire home into a Mediterranean villa.

To learn how to coordinate your décor with Tuscan paint colors and finishes, see the Room Color Scheme Guide.

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