Faux Painting Out Dated?

dlg421January 26, 2010

I would like to get opinions from everyone if they consider faux painting to be out of style or not. I am contemplating a project, but don't want to do it if it's not generally accepted any more.

Thanks for your input.

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justgotabme

Well if it is outdated then our kitchen, sunroom and half bath have out dated walls. Personally, I don't care. We like them and they still look great.
What treatment were you thinking of using?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 12:36PM
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sweeby

In terms of a design trend's lifespan, I would agree that it has already peaked --
But that said, in some places, it looks fabulous and I'd still do it.
In others, it was never optimal...

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 12:45PM
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stu2900

I think it depends on the treatment. I have a glazing treatment in my living room that I absolutely love and don't see myself tiring of it any time soon. On the other hand I have a rag rolling treatment in the kitchen that I just can't wait to get rid of.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 12:58PM
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totallyconfused

I don't know if it has to do with it being outdated or not, but I had a glazed treatment in the downstairs hallway of our old house. I just loved it. I had wanted to do it again in our new house, but for some reason it just doesn't seem to fit in here.

Totally Confused

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 1:58PM
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dlg421

Since I've never done it before, I wanted to start simple with sponging in a bathroom.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 2:37PM
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RoseAbbey

Just like wallpaper never went completely out of style, I dont think faux painting will either.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 2:53PM
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andreadeg

I think it depends on the application that you intend to use and the skill with which it is applied. how is that for an evasive answer? Sponging that was so popular is a little trendy now and like all trendy things is becoming out of date. That doesn't mean that all faux painting is or trendy. I've seen pictures of a linen-look done with paint and a glaze that is timeless.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 3:02PM
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newhomebuilder

Sponging, unless it is done very subtle (only one color,) can look outdated IMHO.

Here is a photo of Faux stripes in the Master bath from my previous home. Very easy to do. It took me about three days to do the entire bathroom. I think stripes never go out of style.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 3:04PM
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dilly_dally

I can't believe that garish two-toned sponging ever took off as a design trend. I always hated that splotchy look. Now then, faux painting for a subtle aged look, or a watercolor look, or even to achieve an illusion of fabric, can look very nice in a home.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 3:15PM
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naptimerocks

newhomebuilder - I love the stripes in your bathroom! I was considering doing the same thing to our master once the renovation is complete and I think your picture made up my mind! :-) What colors did you use? They are beautiful!

I agree that certain faux finishes will not go out of style. I like to use a faux finish to make my walls look like fabric or "aged" - usually over a stencil made to look like wallpaper.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 3:52PM
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palimpsest

Subtle sponging of like colors or even flat and eggshell of the same color is a pretty classic faux treatment. I don't think the originators ever intended the terra cotta/black/metallic gold on cream of a nearby pizza place.

Subtlety is key.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 4:30PM
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moonshadow

Well, I'll got out on a limb and post a faux method I did in bath #2, which is DH's. How many years ago...12? I put a lot of work in it, but it was fun. It's the only room in the house I've not repainted. Felt like changing it once, he didn't want me to, now I'm not in the mood anymore. Why he didn't want me to is beyond me, maybe he likes it that way. Cuz he takes zero interest in anything else I paint around here.

It's done with paint of same color family; medium taupe, taupe + cream, and cream. Applied with a woolie and white 'wisps' were done by flicking a wool duster w/tip dipped in cream paint.

I'm not crazy about those towel bars anymore. But I'm not in the mood to change those either. I think I am in a rut.
Photos are from old camera, it's brighter than that.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 5:40PM
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newhomebuilder

moonshasow - That's what I was recommending the OP do. Your walls are very subtle and beautiful. I can see why your DH wouldn't want to change. As dilly said, it's the garish multi-colored sponge painting that looks so dated.

naptimerocks - I started out with pure white satin walls, and then painted the stripes in an eggshell khaki color - an old Sherwin Williams color that we loved and used in our adjoining bedroom. The satin paint helped clean up mistakes, and also allowed the painters tape easier to remove.

Khaki Shade

Another pic of bathroom

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 6:07PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

I don't think the originators ever intended the terra cotta/black/metallic gold on cream of a nearby pizza place.

ROTFL! Yeah, probably a safe bet that's not what they had in mind. :D

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 6:19PM
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wolfgang80

I wouldn't faux a wall for resale, because I think it turns off a lot of people. But if you like it and aren't tired of the look, then go for it.
Is it outdated? Well, when I come across fauxed walls at open houses and such, they are usually part of an overall outdated room, so the faux looks dated as well.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 6:25PM
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lsst

I really like the faux finish with stencils that look like Damask wall paper.
Someone here a while back did her dining room and it was gorgeous.
I remember she did just one wall as it was labor intensive.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 7:48PM
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moonshadow

Thanks nhb, that's sweet of you. ;)

(Hey, if it's not too much trouble, would you still have that SW khaki color name or formula kicking around? It's a really appealing color. I'm on the prowl for some khakis right now for a different house. Khakis can be so tricky, but that one looks like a very good contender.)

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 7:56PM
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newhomebuilder

Since Martha Stewart came along and all the numbers/colors changed, SW quit making the color. The last time we used it, they were able to make it up for us using the old formula. For our present home, we found one that was almost an exact match. It is called Traditional Tan by ICI.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 9:57PM
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debbimc

Newhomebuilder? how wide are your stripes? I have wanted to do this bath #2 for ages but I am scared of the work!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 10:22PM
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moonshadow

Thanks, nhb! I will look for it next time I'm out!
Sheesh, forgot to say how pretty your br and bath are, always enjoy seeing pics of your home. (Having a lot of mentalpause moments lately. :o )

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 5:22AM
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scanmike

NHB,

Every time I see photos of your home I saw "I want that"! Your bedroom and bath and so pretty. ALso, love that color. Too bad they don't have it anymore.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 6:45AM
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lafonda_ranch

I have the upper part of one wall (wainscoting on the bottom) in my foyer that has a rag off technique that we love. Everyone likes it and thinks it's wall paper. They always have to touch it for some reason. I don't have a recent picture since we added the wainscoting or I'd post one.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 8:02AM
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DLM2000

Speaking as a decorative painter from a previous life ;-) it's the execution that will separate the good from the bad and good sponging is not easily done by a beginner. The edges and corners will be your biggest challenge.

My advice is to find a closet that is easily emptied and paint it in your desired finish and colors. That way you have a chance to practice your taping, edging the ceiling line and corners. You can also play with technique and adjust color proportions as you go. If you love it, you now have some experience but if you hate it you can either paint it out easily or just leave it as a reminder of what NOT to do and throw everything back in the closet as is.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 8:30AM
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blondepegasus

I had my family room walls professionally done 2 years ago. I still love it, but realize it's not everybody's taste. We do get raves from visitors over it. It's actually more subtle than it comes across in the photo.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 11:45AM
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newhomebuilder

debbimc - Since we do not live in that house anymore, I cannot measure, but I believe they were around 10' wide. That was a big room, so the bigger, the wider you want your stripes.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 1:20PM
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roxyh

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    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 10:56AM
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gsciencechick

I also did the stripes in a lighter and darker linen in my former bathroom. It came out good, but was a lot of work to tape and then working in a small space, especially around the sink and toilet.

We have a "sandstone" texture paint (Lowe's Valspar) in our hall bath now. But we have a beach theme, and it works. We did put a coat of polyurethane over it. The walls were so irregular from years of paint and wallpaper, but we did not have enough money to gut it, so this is a good alternative.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 11:17AM
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