How-to: Faux Painting with Trash Bags

Click to enlargeBefore I describe how I faux paint with trash bags (it sounds wacky, I know), I must confess that I'm completely self-taught through books, magazines and HGTV. My mom was an artist, so maybe that's why I love to paint and find it creative and relaxing.

For the mantel, cabinets and walls I used all Sherwin Williams latex paints and Behr clear Faux Glaze. I also add a small amount of water and Floetrol (extends drying time) to my glazes. You can dilute your glaze with a little water too. No hard and fast rules. Minimum 4 hours drying time is important!

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Step back to survey your work and don't nitpick the small stuff. No one is supposed to use a microscope when viewing faux work.
Good idea to get some foamcore board to practice on and view it in the actual light conditions of your space.

NOTE: If you have textured walls like I do, be sure to get spray-on texture from your paint store so you're simulating your actual surface. Remember to prime over it before you paint.

Glazed mantel & cabinetry:First and most important, I primed the mantel and cabinetry with Kilz, sanded well.

  • Brushed on 2 coats of Alabaster semi-gloss latex (SW 7008)
  • Maintained a thin paint consistency to hide brush marks
  • Brushed on a light glaze in and around the crevices
  • Recipe: Faux glaze plus a little water, tinted with a very small amount of burnt umber acrylic colorant)
  • Made sure to write down the recipe!!!
  • Removed most of glaze with rags until I got the definition I wanted.
I used these colors and this technique throughout the space except in the niches described below. Builder applied the base coat, Kilim Beige flat (SW 6106)

  • First glaze rolled on in 3 sq. ft. sections
  • 1st glaze recipe: faux glaze tinted with Mossy Gold satin, SW 6139)
  • Bagging off is a subtractive faux technique similar to ragging off
  • Partially removed 1st glaze with bunched up pieces of plastic trash bag
  • Pitch saturated plastic pieces frequently as they'll stop removing glaze
  • When dry, applied 2nd glaze dabbing it on with trash bags, an additive faux technique
  • 2nd glaze recipe: faux glaze and a little water tinted with Kilim Beige
  • 2nd glaze adds more depth and covers 1st glaze overlapping and boo boos
  • Go for an organic or random effect rather than an amateurish repeating pattern
  • Haphazard is GOOD.
  • I've learned to finess corners to keep them from being too blotchy
Niche accent walls: Click to enlargeI used a green faux combination on back wall of the CENTER niche above the mantel and the wall opposite the media wall. The look I'm going for is crumbling plaster. Also used it in my breakfast nook and dining room niches, where I added a second thin glaze of gold metallic.
  • Base coated with Mackintosh, satin (SW 8116)
  • Recipe: faux glaze mixed with SW Marshland (SW8125)
  • Rolled on and then partially removed with bagging off technique
  • Touch up: make a light glaze with Mackintosh and dab on where needed to soften
Gold band trim:This bit of trim covers the seams where faux sections overlapped and repeats the gold from the mirror. Really only works with rounded corner bead.
  • Taped off a one inch border along the rounded corner bead on the edge of each niche
  • Use ONLY blue painters tape for delicate surfaces and remove after each coat, within 45 minutes. Trust me on this!
  • Painted two coats of Ralph Lauren's Golden Candlesticks metallic paint
Latex painting tip:Use liquid Downey-type fabric softener with water to clean your brushes (and rollers if you're dilligent enough to reuse them).

1 comment:

Nancy Wyatt said...

Finally! Someone else that uses trash bags to faux paint! Yeah!! I'm not crazy after all! Love your space you are incredible and I will so start stalking your blog!