Four Decorative Painting TechniquesWritten by Kathy Burns-Millyard
Tired of plain, boring walls? Faux finishes are a great way to jazz up your space with little cost or effort. Here are a few of most popular finishes.
Sponging: Of all faux finish techniques, sponging is easiest, even children can do a somewhat messy reproduction of this technique. In order to sponge, you must first paint entire area one base color. After this coat dries, then you can take a sponge or even a plastic bag, dip it in paint, and apply paint randomly to walls. Although this is a random process, you want to be careful not to get any one area of wall extremely dark or leave it extremely light or your eye will be drawn to that spot immediately. Sponging is very easy, and for all supplies usually costs between $50-$100, which may also include classes if you want to learn from professionals.
Combing: Combing is a little more difficult. When combing, you use a squeegee with teeth to comb through top layer of paint. As with sponging, you want to have a bottom layer so that when you comb there will be a matching layer beneath it. Using a combing technique is also very inexpensive, and you can use squeegee to make wavy, zigzags, and other designs on wall.
Glazing: Glazing is actually product that you put over your first coat of paint. In order to glaze your walls correctly, you should take a class. You may be able to find a home improvement store that offers glazing classes or you may need to talk to a local interior decorator about classes, although these will likely be very expensive. Glazing places a transparent coat over base coat of paint, making wall look a bit shiny and transparent. You can use as many coats of glaze as you want to get desired look.
Can You Buy Luxury Home Brands Online and Save - Worry Free?Written by Kevin Taylor
Are you frustrated with high prices you've been quoted for luxury home decor?
What if you could safely take advantage of great selection and value of online shopping for home decor items that are normally $1,000, $5,000, even $10,000?
Here's some great news for people who need to bring their new dream home or home renovation costs under control.
Multitudes are making most of their dollars by shopping for bathtubs, bath fixtures, fireplaces, and kitchen fixtures online with "customer first" outlet sites.
Buy only from outlet sites that have taken extra effort to make you feel comfortable ordering upscale home decor brands online.
What you should look for, beyond great prices, to ensure your purchase is hassle and risk free?
Having a clear understanding of return policies before you buy can make a big difference in your experience.
Luxury Home Decor outlet sites that are looking for lifetime customers have clearly written policies and specified services in these key areas. This information can easily found on their sites under "our policies" type links.