Ragging enlivens the appearance of any wall, giving it a much desired warmth and texture. The finish is extremely adaptable. I have used it with soft greens and beiges to create old-world charm, and have added shimmering metallics for a high-tech, urban penthouse. Yet for all its visual sophistication, this finish is surprisingly quick to create. Why not try this easy and enjoyable finish in your home?Base ColorBenjamin Moore Paint #AC-37Glaze Colors (A) Benjamin Moore Paint #2115-20How-To Instructions Prep 1:
Before base coating, make sure your surface is in good condition. Patch holes and cracks with spackling paste, and wash any dirt from surface using a mild soap. Mask all windows, baseboards, and moldings using 2" painter's tape. Evenly apply paint with roller. Base coat should always be a satin or semi-gloss latex finish. Two coats may be necessary depending on coverage. Let dry 24 hours. Prep 2: Before you faux, prepare your glaze/paint mixture(s). A 5:1 ratio (5 parts Faux Like A Pro glaze to 1 part paint) is highly recommended. This ratio will allow you time to work the finish and prevent it from drying too fast. Step 1: Ragging is a "negative" technique in which you will apply glaze to the wall and remove it with rags. Evenly roll on glaze A in a vertical fashion using a short nap. Fill in 4-6 sq. ft. sections leaving a jagged edge where the next section of glaze will be applied. Step 2: As you roll around moldings you will notice the roller leaving a slight gap. Fill in this space by stippling in the glaze with a 3" chip brush. Step 3: Corners will be stippled in the same manner as step two. Be careful not to let too much glaze accumulate in the corner. Your corners should be neat and blend with the other walls.
Step 4: It's time to texture the glaze! It's best to work quickly, preferably with two people. Hold a lint-free, white cotton rag in your hand allowing it to hang generously over your fingers. Hit the wall with firm, rapid movements, twisting your wrist from left to right. Let your hand skim freely over the wall, removing most of the glaze yet still leaving distinct imprints. The idea is to break up the glaze into small, random patterns, not smear it or wipe it off entirely. Step 5: Using a clean, cotton rag, repeat step 4 concentrating on the heavily saturated areas. The more glaze you remove, the more subtle your finish will look. Work your wall until it looks consistent. Once you are satisfied with your first section, repeat steps 1-4 until the entire wall is covered. A second color, delicately applied with a sea sponge, will give your walls added depth. Tip 1 Avoid tapping the wall repeatedly in one place. This closes in the pattern and will make your finish muddy. Frequently stand back to judge the uniformity of your finish. Tip 2 When ragging off the glaze, leave a 3-inch "wet edge" untouched. Roll on your next section, overlapping the previous wet edge. This will loosen up the glaze and help you avoid lap lines. Tip 3 Change your rags frequently as they become saturated with paint. Supplies: - gallon of glaze You will also need the following basic supplies from your local hardware store: - paint roller - medium nap - short nap - roller tray - 3" latex cutting brush - two 3" chip brush for stippling corners - large bucket for water - 2 containers to hold glaze/paint mixture - painter's tape - latex gloves - 100 % cotton rags for texturing and clean up - drop cloths