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How to Create a Color Blending Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

Create a sense of stylish sophistication with faux glazing techniques.

For Best Results:

Mix the entire quantity of glazing color needed for the project before you start painting. Combining the contents produces uniformity of color.

Due to the unique, natural shape and the surface irregularity of a sea sponge, the texture and appearance of patterns will vary from one sponge to another. While you work, rotate your sea sponge to get marks of different shapes.

 

Suggested Supplies

  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Pad Applicator
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rags
  • Sea Sponge
  • Stir Stick

Colors Used in This How-To

Canyon Cloud
W-D-410
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Laurel Mist
430E-3
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Step 1

Paint the base color and allow it to dry completely before glazing.

Step 2

To prepare your topcoat glaze color, pour 1 part PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® or PREMIUM PLUS® paint (one quart) and 4 parts FAUX GLAZE (one gallon) into a bucket and mix the contents thoroughly. For a more see-through or transparent look, add extra faux glaze to the mixture. For a denser or more opaque glaze color, add more paint to the mixture. The mixture will generally cover approximately 400 sq. ft.

Step 3

Using a 2" wide nylon/polyester brush, transfer the color glaze mixture from the bucket to a damp sea sponge. Be careful not to oversaturate the sponge with glaze. Then, use your sponge to lightly apply the colored glaze over a small section of the working surface in a random pattern. Do not soak the sponge in the glaze.

Step 4

While the glaze is wet, follow your sponge treatment with a pad applicator. In a random circular or wave motion, soften and blend the sponge marks together.

TIP:
Wipe the pad applicator with a clean rag or paper towel every so often. Use a new pad applicator as the tool wears down and starts to leave lint.
Step 5

Work with both tools until you arrive at a look you like.

TIP:
Be sure to work on wet glaze when creating your effect.
Step 6

Continue to work in small sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

TIP:
Stand back and preview your work periodically to ensure an even look.
Step 7

Repeat the process until the project is complete.