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How to Create a Wavy Line Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

The wavy line technique is another faux glaze technique that can impart a fresh and breezy dimension to your home.

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. This intermixing is called "boxing."

 

Suggested Supplies

  • Brush (2"-2")
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Stir Stick
  • Whisk Broom

Colors Used in This How-To

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 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

Dip a quality 2"-2" wide nylon/polyester brush into the color glaze mixture from the bucket. With your brush, paint (cut in) around the perimeter of your working surface. Start at the top corner and continue along the ceiling and around the baseboards.

TIP:
To avoid drips, tap off excess paint against the inside wall of the bucket.
Step 4

Pour your color glaze mixture into a paint tray and work a 6" mini roller into the glaze until it is fully loaded. To remove excess glaze, roll the tool on the ribbed area of the paint tray.

TIP:
Test your technique and color combinations on a practice board before you begin the project.
Step 5

Starting at a top corner of your project area, roll the colored glaze down the length of the surface in a 3' wide vertical section.

Step 6

While the glaze is still wet, drag a whisk broom from top to bottom over the section. Move it slightly from side to side in a wavy motion.

TIP:
A dry whisk broom or almost any dry brush (4" or wider) will create a basic wavy line effect. (The softer the brush, the less distinct the pattern will be). On smooth walls, a notched trowel or scarifier will create stronger, bolder patterns.
Step 7

Continue to work in 3' wide vertical sections. Overlap and blend each section as you go to avoid hard edges.

TIP:
Always wipe your whisk broom with a cloth rag or a paper towel after each pass. Stand back and preview your work periodically to ensure an even look.
Step 8

Repeat the process until the project is complete.