A faux distressed effect wall painting job can be quite challenging but it can be done. Although it may require a lot of work, if you do it well, the final look will be awesome and you may just be getting raves from your friends and other onlookers that they will want to know how you did it. If you are willing to devote some time to it, you could create an interesting effect that would cost hundreds of dollars if you hire a professional to do it. The process may involve some trials and errors, but very forgiving sinceyou could make some corrections as you go along. The technique is to undertake this project with complete confidence. Don't hesitate when applying the paint, tissue papers, or varnish. Just smack it on at random and you will enjoy it.
Here are the steps to create a faux distressed effect on your wall:
1. Paint the entire wall with latex paint. You may choose any color as your base color. Let it dry.
2. Work at one section at a time and use a disposable sponge brush to apply a water-base, semi-gloss sealant to the wall.
3. The next step will be rather messy so you need to wear rubber gloves. Scrunch up huge sheets of paper tissue and dip it to the wet paint. Continue applying sheets of tissue paper this way, overlapping and manipulating it to produce folds and wrinkles. Keep the tissue wet by applying varnish on it as you work. Repeat the procedure until you cover the whole area you wish to paint.You can take out pieces of tissue then apply smaller and larger, even and irregular pieces of to simulate a bumpy, uneven, distressed wall.
4. After entirely covering the wall, allow the varnish dry overnight.
5. You may leave it as it is or continue adding shadowing and color here and there. Use various colored acrylic paints, the ones that come in small tubes. For example, you choose blue, gray, and yellow. Pat the paint color here and there on all the wrinkles. Then use a wet sponge brush to soften it, then rub the paint onto the background in random blots. This is a very loose and liberal style of faux finishing. Every once in a while stand back to view the overall effect as you work. The creativity is all up to you as the painter and artist.
6. Leave the acrylic paint to dry for roughly two hours. Then apply a coat of varnish over the entire wall. If you choose to add more shading, use a raw or burnt umber acrylic paint and an artist's brush to swab the color at random. Then use a dry, clean cloth or piece or paint rags (readily available in a home depot) to blend it in for a subtle effect. The mix of colors you add on should not look obvious. The yellow would look like flecks of dappled sunlight, the blue will look like a shadow, and the umbers will set an aged appearance.