Strié is created by dragging a long-haired brush through wet glaze to create fine, vertical lines. This verticality creates the illusion of height in any room. I have used this technique to add grandeur to the formal dining room of a elegant townhouse, and to "raise" the ceiling of a country farmhouse bedroom. You can also use the strié technique to add subtle interest and aging to furniture and moldings.Base ColorBenjamin Moore Paint #2162-60Glaze Colors
(A) Benjamin Moore Paint #HC-131How-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: This finish integrates a strié technique within a soft striping pattern. First decide the width of the stripe for your room. Consider the width of the room's moldings, since the stripe's width should be in proportion to them. Measure how many stripes can be centered on each wall, avoiding oddly cut-off stripes in the corners. Using non-staining chalk, snap a chalk line where the edge of each stripe will fall. Step 2: Evenly apply glaze A with a latex brush in a vertical fashion between the first two chalk lines. Proceed to step 3 before painting in the next stripe. Step 3: Drag vertically through the wet glaze, applying steady pressure to your bristle block brush. Working from top to bottom, keep the brush strokes straight down the entire length of the wall. Wipe off brush after each pass. If you cannot make one continuous sweep, start a new stroke at the bottom of the wall pulling upwards. Stagger the area where the strokes meet to prevent lap lines. Step 4: After completing steps 1-3 on every wall, you will then glaze the untouched stripes. This will balance out the room and give the wall a uniform finish. Delicately brush on glaze A with a latex brush in vertical patches, skipping a space between each application. Proceed to step 5 before painting in the next stripe. Step 5: While the glaze is still wet, drag vertically with your bristle block brush using powerful sweeping strokes to soften the stripe. I suggest brushing through the glaze several times until the stripe looks blended with soft lines. Work from top to bottom wiping off the brush after each pass. The second set of stripes should be lighter than the first. Step 6: As a final step, brush through your stripe vertically from bottom to top. This will further soften the stripe eliminating any muddy areas. Your stripes should look very soft and subtle. Tip 1For a different look, try creating your stripes by alternating solid base colors, then strié a lighter glaze over the entire wall to soften the look. Or, try the strié without stripes. Simply choose a contrasting glaze and base color, then strié the entire wall. Tip 2 Avoid glaze build-up at the top and bottom of walls by applying less glaze and easing pressure at the beginning and end of each downward stroke. Heavy pressure with the brush pressed flat against the wall, creates a coarser strié, while lighter pressure using the brush tips creates a finer strié. Tip 3 For best results drag your brush through the glaze in one pass. Over-working the glaze destroys the clear, distinct brush marks and creates muddy patches.