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Trompe-L'oeil: Trompe-L'oeil is French for "fool eye." This finish fools eye into thinking that wall has a marble or granite finish. This is probably most difficult finish to accomplish on your own. For creating marble finish, you use a technique very much like sponging, but this one takes a bit more talent. Visit local stores to see if they have classes or tips on achieving this style.
These are four primary types of faux finishes. The first two are fairly easy, while latter two are significantly harder. Before attempting any of these, plan well so that you can estimate cost, and visit your local hardware or design store for classes or helpful hints. Having a buddy to take classes with you or practice with you will make experience more fun. You can even do one room in your house and then decorate a room in your buddy's house; fun never ends!
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