How to: Faux finish it!
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Every decor aficionado has an origin story, and for Steven Sabados it all started with a little technique called faux finishing. Steven got his feet wet in the design business by transforming blank walls and old pieces of furniture into textured works of art with this decorative paint style.
For those who haven't picked up a brush in a while, faux finishing is a method of painting that adds the impression of materials like stone, wood, or brick to whatever surface you're working with — meaning you can revamp an old jewelry box into a marble masterpiece, or fashion a neglected wall into aged brick.
It may sound intimidating at first — but never fear! Steven has simplified everything with this DIY guide to creating a gorgeous malachite finish that'll add a burst of colour to any room.
Here's what you'll need:
- Green acrylic paint (We used Sherwin Williams 6746 Julep Semi-Gloss finish)
- Dark green tint
- 2-part epoxy or varnish
- Heavy Body Acrylic in black
- Round bristle brush
- Cardstock (or wine box dividers)
- Prime surface first
- Paint one coat of green acrylic paint.
- Mix 1 part dark green tint and 5 parts glaze. Add black tint until you get an almost fully black paint with just a hint of green. Add a generous amount of retardant. Mix well using stir stick.
- Cut jagged strips off the end of a small piece of cardboard approximately 3" x 3". Tear another piece to give it a rough edge.
- Stipple the glaze onto surface.
- Using cardboard tool, apply paints in a swirling or "free form wave" motion to duplicate the malachite look. Be sure to alternate between the two pieces to ensure you're getting a varied look. Let dry overnight.
- Add a 2-part epoxy to seal for a long lasting finish.
And voilà! Your run-down pieces are just like new again. With a malachite finish this easy, you'll want to turn everything you own to stone.