Fixing Faux Finishes: Crumpled Plastic Faux Painting Technique

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Questions From Readers

Do you ever read instructions… and they seem so clear?  Then you work on the project and it comes out a mess, because the instructions apparently are wrong or they were not clear enough for you to understand.

A newsletter subscriber had just such a problem with her crumpled plastic faux painting technique.   Here’s what he wrote in and said:

 I tried to accomplish a Faux Painting technique where I used crumpled plastic 3′X 3′ squares.  The video I watched said to leave the plastic on after it is smooshed out and continue with the adjacent spot.  Then when finished with the whole wall remove the plastic.  Well…that was to long to leave the plastic on. I can’t even see the base coat where I first started.  The last part of the wall came out better because I realized that the plastic didn’t need to be there for very long.  SO my should I go about fixing the section where the base coat doesn’t show through?

Oh my goodness!  The instructions certainly weren’t very clear, were they?  Or maybe they were clear but just inaccurate.  So…how do you fix this painting problem?  It’s really not all that difficult…thank goodness! ;)

Because this plastic wrap technique leaves defined marks on the wall, you can easily paint out the areas you don’t like with the original base coat.  Roll on the base coat in even strokes over the entire problem area… the edge that comes up next to the area you are happy with should be left ragged.  Like roller laps at an angle.

Now when you apply the faux glaze to your wall over lap into the areas you like a bit and slap that plastic on.  With the irregular markings the plastic leaves, your walls should be blended perfectly.

Have you ever done this type of faux finish?  Did it turn out okay?  Any other suggestions for this reader?  Leave a comment!  :)

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  1. Mary says

    Hello I painted my kitchen sweet Georgia brown it looks very nice but to dark. I want to crackle one wall. My question can I just add the crackle paint only? The wall is a eggshell finish.

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