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painting techniques

One question I get from homeowners is are they stuck with flat color scheme? Many people are looking for something unique that will add a little flair or personality to their walls and home. While some painters only know how to paint solid colors, the better professional painters, like your favorite Temecula painter, can apply other techniques to help set your home apart from others.

Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is a great way to get added functionality with your walls. With chalkboard paint, any surface becomes a writing space. This is ideal for creating designated areas for kids to draw on the wall, as well as making spots you need to scribble down notes on without having to dig around for paper. Kitchens especially are a great spot, as you can have an area to write down grocery lists, reminders, recipes, or daily to-do lists. Offices can have a built-in wall calendar or reminder space, and those who home school children can easily create a traditional blackboard.

Faux Finish

Faux finish painting is always a popular choice for homeowners. With proper application, your walls look elegant with very little effort. All you need is an earthy or darker main coat color, and then sponge over it with a glazed paint coat. Using the sponge and then glaze over the base coat creates a smooth, textured finish that makes the wall look much more expensive than it actually is. The effect works great in bathrooms, dining rooms, and entryways, although it can be added to any wall.

Dry Brushing

A technique you can use to soften a room’s texture is with dry brushing. First, the base coat is applied. After it dries, a second coat is put on, but only with the smallest amount of paint possible on the brush. By creating soft, angled strokes, and then carefully painting over them, you create contrasting colors and style. For maximum effects, make a third pass at an intersecting pattern with a light color or even a shade of white.

White Wash

Although typically white wash is used on furniture, it can be applied to other surfaces as well, such as decks, patios, and walls. It seems to work best on wood, although you can white wash other hard surfaces as well. The look white wash painting achieves is a “distressed” or “faded” look. As the name suggests, the color texture comes from a white or lighter gray/off-white paint colors; however, if you still want a touch of color, you can use a base coat with a color first before adding the white wash. When you combine latex paint with water, it creates a streaking effect, leaving the surface with its classic distressed look. The excess is removed, then it is allowed to dry, be sanded, cleaned, and sealed.

And if you want to add texture and personality but aren’t comfortable trying to do it yourself, just call us! Our team has the experience you need to achieve the look you desire. There’s a reason why we’re the best painter in Temecula!

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