Finish Painting


What is Finish paint?

Faux finish is the application of paints to create an illusion that the paintwork is rustic, worn, or even more than one color. Painting faux-finish can be done on walls, ceilings, wood surfaces, and metal surfaces to create the desired effect. Faux finish may be any color or pattern you desire, not just antique-looking effects. Fine lines are also possible with this type of painting. The paints themselves are typically composed of acrylics, oils, and/or latex rubber-based finishes which give it a higher level of detail. Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright became well-known for utilizing these types of finishes in his work because they helped loosen up all those boxy-looking designs that seemed to dominate architecture during his time. Different types of faux finishes would include “eggshell” for painting fabric, to resemble silk, “Antiquing” which contains up to 10% ground marble dust, gilding with gold leaf, or creating art resembling aged metal through electroforming. The expert painters at House Painters Denver are skilled and equipped to help bring any of your faux finish painting visions to life.

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Do you need glaze for faux painting?

“Faux painting” or “faux-finish painting” can mean different things in different contexts, so it’s ultimately up to you what you’re trying to create and then identify the necessary materials for that project. When applying faux-finish paint to the walls of your home, it is not necessarily true that glaze is needed, however, a small amount goes a long way when trying to accomplish certain aesthetics. Many people prefer to use glaze for their work, but many others require paint and primer beforehand so they can replicate more precisely what they want with paint. The answer depends on what type of faux paint is being used. If the faux paint consists of a base coat and two layers of color, then it is possible that glaze will be required. Glazes are usually found at the hardware store or any location that sells standard paint for interior and exterior painting. If the paint includes an upper layer to simulate deeper colors, glossy finishes, or other effects, then there would not need to be anything between this upper layer and the house itself. Faux painting often has less upkeep than regular interior decoration because it requires little to no stripping or sanding down before re-paintings can take place. Our team of licensed experts at House Painters Denver is here to help with all of your finish painting needs.

What kind of paint do you use for faux finish painting?

A faux finish is created by the application of a layer of paint latex or acrylic paint to the wall, followed by additional layers which create a film over the base layer, allowing some of the base color to show through. The answer will depend on the type of faux finish you are looking for. For example, if you just want to create an overall “antiqued” look to certain areas of your walls, then nothing more than a wash of dark paint is required. If you’re trying to match something like wood grain or marble patterns, then you can’t really do it with just any paint. It needs to be specially formulated and designed for blending in with whatever pattern or shade you’re trying to achieve. Oil-based or water-based paints are usually better suited for accomplishing a perfect finish. Traditional methods involve applying many thin layers of almost-dry paint so you don’t have an interruption in coverage or brush marks where one color stops and another starts. Instead, professional painters will apply the first coat to the wall and then gradually build up color by lightly coating or even sponging onto already painted areas. Contact House Painters Denver today to discuss your faux finish painting project today!

How do you make a faux finish wall?

Professional faux finishing techniques are not always easy to learn, but fortunately, there are a lot of great DIY tutorials out there. Start by covering the wall with textured paint to give it an aged texture before you apply your next coat of paint – this will make it look like the finish and the base layer blend together to create a rustic look. If you want an even more realistic effect, go wild with some darker colors on one section to give it a worn and antiqued aesthetic. A wide array of methods are used when painting a faux finish to the interior of a home, including brushes, colors, textures, and specialty chemicals which all produce slightly different finishes. You can also use ordinary household items like sponges, putty knives, and even plaster chunks to texture your paint for added effect. There are several companies that sell finished faux finish patterns that you can place onto your existing base layer of paint. These look particularly nice in bathrooms or dining rooms because they provide an instant splash of design and depth to the room that would otherwise not exist with a simple flat layer of paint.

Is faux painting expensive?

Faux painting can range in cost depending on where you live, how big your house is, how many colors you want to use, and so on. The typical faux painters charge around $2-$6 per square foot for painting, however can range up to $10 a square foot, depending on materials used. Using stains or retouch paints can be significantly cheaper than buying commercial-grade paints for faux paint jobs. The more coats are applied the higher the price per square foot goes up so it really depends on how much work needs to be done. High-quality paint has a sheen, while low-quality ones have less of a sheen if any at all, so keep this in mind as well when picking out which kind of finish paint you want to go with. Your safest bet is to get in touch with our team for a free estimate to discuss our faux-finish painting options that can make your home stand out!

Types of Paint

Matte Paint:
Matte Paint, which is often referred to as “flat” paint, is the most popular choice for interior walls and ceilings because it gives no shine to the surface it is applied to which allows for the other decorative elements in the room to become the focus. It ties well in just about any room of a home. It is also important to note that matte paint is great at hiding small imperfections that might otherwise stand out as an eyesore, such as small chips or cracks. This is great to keep in mind for potentially older homes with some wear and tear on the interior. On the downside, it can be a tad more difficult to clean things like handprints and smudges off of matte paint. It is often easier to just touch up the paint to remove imperfections such as these.

Matte-enamel Paint:
As one would presume, Matte-enamel Paint is very similar to Matte Paint. While it hosts a flat finish and very little shine to it, the chemical makeup of the paint itself allows for a film to develop on the exterior layer as it dries, which actually helps to make it much easier to clean. It is more durable, making it a bit more desirable for the rooms of your home that see the most traffic such as a walkway or entryway. These paints are often labeled as “washable” in a hardware store.

Eggshell Paint:
Eggshell Paint is a great selection for busy family homes because it is very easy to clean, but still isn’t an excessive, eye-catching sheen that comes with some of the more lustrous finishes. The one downside to this finish is that, over time, it can begin to show cracks in the paint as it ages. We ensure that your interior walls are patched up and repaired before applying this type of trim finish to your Denver home.

Satin Paint:
Satin paint is sought after for its warm, almost velvety feel once it is dried. It’s particularly good for trim, doorways, and other framing elements inside your home. The durability of Satin paint makes it highly desirable for high-traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. It is very easy to clean and highly resistant to chipping, scratching, or cracking.

Semi-Gloss Paint:
This paint is very similar to Satin paint but offers an extra sheen to reflect light. This, in turn, will cause the shades you select to appear darker than they would with Satin. This, like Satin, is also a great selection for rooms and interior walls that need to be cleaned often. It is also perfect for any design elements that you wish to highlight within the interior, such as kitchen cabinets or banisters. 

This shiny, highly reflective surface of this paint makes it a great option for things like window or door trim, however, it can also really bring a room to life by making it pop with the right setting.

The elements to all of these different selections can feel overwhelming when taking into consideration a finished painting job for the interior of your Denver home. That is why Denver House Painters is here to provide the expertise necessary to bring the warm atmosphere to your home that every property owner desires. Contact us today to begin your new finished painting project!