A neat painting effect for interior decorating is to utilize glaze along with the paint. Glaze can be distressed in a number of ways to create a dramatic textural impact that is not possible with just a flat base coat.
You need not be a fan of Mr. SquarePants to enjoy painting with a sponge. Apply the coat of glaze over your base coat and then use a sea sponge for best effects or a synthetic sponge for cheap effects. Pat the sponge against the glaze to distress it. The key to successful sponging of paint and glaze is to move your hand slightly with each pat against the wall. It is also wise to grasp the sponge lightly rather than squeezing. If you do want a more regularly defined line, go ahead and use a synthetic sponge as a sea sponge will give your wall a much more abstract design.
You can use anything that has the tell-tale teeth of a comb to distress glaze in such a way that you create a graining effect, Matt! If you’ve got an old pick hanging around or a comb with several teeth broken off, you’ll get a much different effect than if you head down to the paint supply store and buy an official comb. To distress glaze for the results, hold the comb at a 45-degree angle to the wall and drag the comb down. The results will depend on what you want. You can create relatively straight lines or a zig-zag effect or waves or whatever.
It is possible to distress glaze with a tool as simple as a piece of cloth. Squeeze the cloth into a tight roll and when pressed against the paint glaze, it will leave a velvety appearance. Another method of rag rolling glaze is to roll down the wall so that you are creating vertical stripes. If you don’t overlap the stripes somewhat, the effect looks a little boring.
Distressing glaze by stippling is best done with a stippling brush. Press the stippling brush into glaze that is wet and then release. When distressing glaze by stippling, the one key component to keep in mind is that you don’t want to slide the brush across the wall. Proper stippling of paint is done by patting the bristles of the brush against the surface. Best results will be obtained if you regularly wipe old glaze off the brush before you start stippling another section.
Dabbing is the simplest and cheapest of all the ways of distressing glaze. You only need a simple paper towel that you crumple up and dab against the glaze. Rotate your hand when dabbing to avoid making a pattern that lacks the charm of random patterning that distressing glaze is intended to create.