View Full Version : un-faux-ing?

02-02-2007, 10:46 AM
The previous owners of my house did the master bedroom in some type of faux paint. Looks like they used a sponge to blot two different colors(light blue and white) onto the walls, looks like a sky with clouds. It's not too bad looking but I know that, sometime in the future, I'll want to change it. Do I just go over it with a primer and then a finish coat?
Just don't want any blotting to show through when I'm done.


02-24-2007, 12:00 PM
By the way you are describing the finish, it sounds like a professional did not do it, so it is probably safe to say that using a primer and paint would be ok.

02-25-2007, 07:56 AM
How much relief is there? Are the paint splotches thin, or are there thick blobby places? Hiding colors/patterns is no big problem with modern paint formulations, but covering a dramatic texture might take substantially more work (and paint).

02-25-2007, 05:06 PM
In a few places, the paint seems kind of "blobby" but I think that, whoever did it, loaded the sponge too heavily or pressed too hard, causing the paint to run. I scraped the excess off with a razor knife.
My plan is to then go over any damaged spots with compound and then prime/paint.

Sound OK?

02-25-2007, 05:21 PM
It's what I'd have tried. No idea how it'll work but if it doesn't do well I'd expect it to be pretty cheap and easy to try something more radical.

02-25-2007, 11:15 PM
I'd also try block sanding the walls to knock off the high spots. Good practice to do any time before repainting.

03-02-2007, 03:13 PM
Another choice if you didn't want to have to bother sanding is to have a professional faux finisher put on a new faux finish after you prime the walls. They don't need to be smooth for that! Jan