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Faux-Finish Painting

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Faux-Finish Painting in Denver

A faux finish is a great way to hide walls that are not plumb or if the textures do not match well. Sometimes it’s just that we want to change the feeling in a room, faux painting even a single wall can really add a tremendous amount of depth and character to any room in the house.

With so many of them to choose from it’s a good idea to spend some time with one of our recommended color consultants to make sure you pick out something that works with your house’s style and more importantly “your” style and current or planned furnishings. The painters we select to perform these services are more considered artists among us painters as each home they work in is truly a masterpiece.

What is Faux Painting?

faux painters paintingFaux painting is a decorative painting technique that imitates the appearance of materials such as stone, wood, marble, and even leather. Polymer-based faux finish paints produce a no-gloss flat finish that will not be easily distinguishable from the actual material on your wall. Some of these paints use a special release agent to make them removable which means you can take away coats that don’t work without leaving paint behind.

Faux finishes are a great option if you would like to have something distinctive on your walls but you don’t like the available wallpaper designs or you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of wallpaper installation. Faux finish painting can offer a unique look to your home without being restricted by available designs, with the added benefit of a smooth, seamless surface that may be simply painted over if you decide to replace it. It can also give you the option of mimicking an expensive material like marble for a fraction of the cost.

Is there a difference between faux painting and faux finishing?

The short answer is, “not really.” It’s a semantic difference. Faux painting is used more to describe the action and the technique, while a faux finish describes the end result. For many, “faux finish” sounds fancier because of the alliteration and because it doesn’t reveal the technique behind how the look was achieved. “Faux painting,” however, is the more accurate term to describe what a faux finish is.

What Looks Can be Achieved with Faux Painting?

Faux finish painting can be used to create patterns, textures, and even the illusion of depth in your faux painting. You can imitate any texture or object that you fail to find wallpaper for, including wood, marble, tile, stone, and even brick.

What are the Additional Benefits of Faux Painting?

One common use of faux painting is to bring together a room that has walls with different textures. Decorative painting such as faux finish painting does a great job of hiding uneven textures and other flaws in the wall, which can unify a room.

Faux painting is also used to enhance the appearance of plain or cheap surface materials. It looks like wood, stone, and brick but without all the work that it takes to create those surfaces for real! It’s especially effective when paired with arches and doorways; faux-finish doors can make an ordinary entrance look grand and regal.

Some faux painting only requires one coat while others may take four because it’s so detailed. The majority of our faux finish painting customers need minimal preparation before we arrive on-site; most walls just require a wipe down with a wet cloth and some TSP (trisodium phosphate) for severely stained areas. Because there is no primer needed to adhere the paint to the wall, time is saved cutting in around windows and doors or applying tape along baseboards and window trim.

Popular Types of Faux Finishes

There are many types of faux finishes, and as faux painters develop new techniques, more options are becoming available. Chalk paint, milk paint, and crackle are three of the most common paints used to achieve a faux finish.

bathroom wall painted with faux finish techniqueChalk Paint

Chalk paint creates a matte finish with no shine or gloss; it’s perfect for creating an old-fashioned look. It can be used to imitate exterior surfaces like brick and stone, but it’s also effective at imitating the appearance of wood or painted plaster. You could even use it to create an old-style checkerboard pattern.

Milk Paint

For a timeless look, try milk paint. Perfect for creating an antique effect for almost any surface, milk paint has been used by artists and sculptors since ancient times. This traditional material is made from pigments suspended in water; it dries quickly and offers a flat finish with enough pigment to cover up minor flaws in the wall without requiring multiple coats.

Milk paint is similar to chalk paint in that it only covers the surface with a matte finish, but what makes milk paint unique is its ability to be absorbed into the material being painted, rather than sitting on top of it. This gives it a chalkier look than most types of faux paint. This traditional material is made from pigments suspended in water; it dries quickly and offers a flat finish with enough pigment to cover up minor flaws in the wall without requiring multiple coats.


A crackle finish is simply a textured coating produced by cracking open dried enamel paints, Crackle gives you the appearance of weathered wood without any fuss; it’s perfect for old-fashioned or rustic interiors. To create a crackled finish, we use oil paint for the base coat and another type of temporary exterior grade paint on top of that.

When the second layer is mostly dry, pull it off by scraping or peeling in random patterns until your design appears before your eyes! The look is best when aged with water damage, heat damage, and general wear and tear.

Are Faux Painters Specialists, or can Any Painting Company Do it?

There is most certainly a skill to faux painting. You can find YouTube videos and articles online telling you how to be a faux painter. If you follow these instructions, you might end up with an “ok” result, but to truly get the most out of faux painting, you need the help of an experienced faux painter.

Faux painting is a skill that is easy to learn but hard to master. No amount of internet research will prepare you for Colorado faux painting. At Harmony Painting we can help you choose the right faux finish for your situation and get it looking just the way you want–whether this means a velvety smooth look or one that looks like time has worn away at it.

Nicely furnished bedroom interior.

How Does Faux Painting Compare to Other Techniques?

Faux painting is an affordable alternative to more expensive techniques like wallpapering or tiling. It’s also easier than painting than distressing the paint itself because faux painting allows you to skip steps such as priming and sanding walls before painting.

What Type of Faux Paint Finish is Right for You?

All faux finishes can be achieved using chalk paint, milk paint, and crackle. Chalk paint has a matte finish with no shine or gloss; it’s perfect for creating an old-fashioned look on materials such as wood and painted plaster. Milk paint offers a timeless antique effect on surfaces like brick and stone, and features a flat finish that doesn’t require many coats to cover up flaws in the wall. Crackle gives you the look of weathered wood without any fuss; it’s ideal for creating an old-fashioned interior. No matter which faux finish you choose, Harmony Painting will help you get your new color looking just how you want it.

Call the Colorado Faux Painting Experts

Harmony Painting offers faux-finish services to homeowners and businesses within the Denver, Colorado area. If you’re up for trying something new with your wall space why not try a contemporary chalky paint look, or if some bumps and bruises would

Harmony Painting in Denver Colorado is a fully insured company with over 30 years of experience have been providing faux painting services to clients all across Denver for some time now, so if you are considering a faux-finish painting project we welcome you to get in touch with us today!

Schedule Your Free Faux-Finish Painting Estimate

Now that you’re ready to cover up that dated paint job and bring your rooms into the 21st century, call one of our friendly office staff at (720) 450-2907 for a free consultation. We’ll take down your information and one of our specialists will visit with you and give an exact quote and timeline.