Spe­cialty paint­ing adds wow to your walls

The Progress-Index - At Home - - NEWS - By Laura Firszt

Why set­tle for bor­ing walls when you can make them wow? Nowa­days there are tons of ex­cit­ing spe­cialty paint­ing and re­fin­ish­ing tech­niques to cre­ate very per­sonal spa­ces in your home. What fol­lows is a de­scrip­tion of some of the trendi­est. Con­tain­ing bits of glit­ter for sparkle and shine, this spe­cialty paint adds a touch of magic to the wall of a child’s bed­room or a whim­si­cal living room. A va­ri­ety of tools, such as a two-part roller, a chip brush, or even a clean, ab­sorbent rag can be used to vary the tex­ture.

Pearles­cent paint is avail­able that will give a lus­trous sheen to your wall or trim, re­flect­ing light in charm­ing rain­bow hues.

Sponge paint­ing has been fash­ion­able for a while now … and no won­der. Dab­bing paint with a sea sponge — or rolling it on with one of the handy new sponge rollers — gives your walls a unique el­e­gance with ease.

Sten­ciled wall decor con­tin­ues its enor­mous wave of pop­u­lar­ity. Cutout pat­terns are painted over to pro­duce an at­trac­tive de­sign on walls, bor­ders, even floors and ceil­ings — wher­ever you need some paint­ing pizzazz.

From the French word for “streaked,” this is a spe­cial paint fin­ish that gives a sub­tle im­pres­sion of stripes or crosshatch­ing sim­i­lar to the weave of fab­ric. Paint is ap­plied with a pad, then tex­tured by drag­ging a dry bris­tle brush through the wet paint.

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