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How to Create a Straight Line Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

Create a straight line pattern on your walls that will give your home a distinctive and elegant look.

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"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Protective Apparel
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Scarifier
  • Stir Stick
  1. Step 1

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

  2. 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.

  3. Step 3

    Dip a quality 2"-2½" 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 a 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.
  4. Step 4

    Pour your colored 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.
  5. Step 5

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

  6. Step 6

    While the glaze is wet, drag a scarifier over the section. Hold the scarifier vertically.

    TIP:
    Always wipe your scarifier with a cloth rag or a paper towel after each pass. Stand back and preview your work periodically to ensure an even look.
  7. Step 7

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

  8. Step 8

    Repeat the process until the project is complete.