Do It Yourself: “Fresco” Faux Finishes


Most of you at this point have heard of the term “faux finish”.  And many of you have seen different versions in model homes, offices, restaurants, etc.  Maybe you’ve even thought to yourself how nice it would be to have something like that in your own home.  But, what you might not know is that places like Sherwin Williams have come up with some new step by step techniques and guidelines that enable those of you who are willing to give it a go a great way, an easier way to create the look yourself at a price you can afford.   Love that!

Check out some of these great “Fresco’s” and follow these steps for each one.  All the supplies are listed for each project as well as pictures of the step by step process.  Also, notice at the beginning of each project the time you can expect to spend on each one and what steps to take before you begin:

 Textured Fresco


 Rich, warm, beautiful! If you like this look follow these steps below: 


  Step 1


Step 1B


 Step 2, 3A 


 Step 3 

 step 3b



 Smooth Fresco


   Gorgeous, classic.


 Step 1


 Step 2A, 2B



High Polished Fresco


  Sleek, sophisticated.


Step 1


Step 2A, 2B, 3



Three great looks!  Do you feel motivatedInspired to try it yourself?   Faux finishes are a great way to cozy up a space and give it richness and depth.  What was once a difficult, painstaking, expensive process is now something that is much more attainable and affordable.  If you’d like to have the actual pamphlet in hand (with all the tips above)  go to your local Sherwin Williams store and pick one up.  Talk to the professionals there with any questions you might have.  Most of them are pretty knowledgeable or will direct you to someone who is. 

If you’re not comfortable tackling this yourself – consider hiring a professional (If you’re local – feel free to contact me for one of my sources) to create the look you want.  It’s a look that is well worth spending a little extra money on to get it right.  But for those of you who are ready and willing…..choose your favorite “Fresco”, select your color scheme and go for it!

Be confident!  Be brave!!  You can do it!

Happy Decorating!!!!


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