411homerepair.com

Faux Painting - Base Coat, Glaze and Ragging Technique

by Guest on Dec 19, 2010

Ragging is a faux finish technique that uses a rag to produce a mottled decorative effect. Ragging can be done negatively where the rag is use to remove the glaze, or ragging can be done positively where the rag is used to apply the glaze to the wall. Either way, you choose to do it, ragging is a simple faux finish that most DIY'ers can pull off without too much trouble.

Positive Ragging

The easier of the two ragging methods, usually done with latex glaze and paint. Positive ragging technique consists of a base coat and one or two (or more if desired) colors to be ragged on over the base coat with a paint and glaze mix.

Choosing colors

A simple color scheme consisting of using two or three colors in the same color family. For instance, you might choose two or three hues of beige, one for the base coat and the other two to be ragged on with a paint/ glaze mix. You can make the base coat the darkest of the three or the lightest of the three colors, each way will have a slightly different look. You can finish the whole thing off with a thin whitewash ragging to blend and soften all the colors together if you wish. Try out your color choices on a piece of illustration board and make a sample of your finish before beginning on the actual room itself.

Base Coat, Glaze and Ragging Technique

With ragging on, your base coat will show and play a big part in the overall finish. The base coat should be flat or satin latex paint. Paint the whole room with the base coat and allow it to dry.

The glaze is added to the ragged on layers to give the paint some transparency and to help the paint hold a pattern. You can use the same sheen for your ragging as you did for your base coat or use a slightly higher sheen to give the technique some shimmer and a bit more interest. For instance, if you used a flat for a base coat you could use satin for one of your ragged on colors and semi-gloss for a second ragged on color.

Ragging is done by dipping the rag directly into the paint and ringing the rag to remove the excess paint. After dabbing the rag against a roller grid, you take the rag to the wall and begin applying the paint to the wall with the rag in a patting fashion. Turn the rag as you go to avoid repetitious patterns from the rag. Rag the paint on in a random manner, stepping back from time to time to check the overall balance of the technique. Don't fill in too much with the first color, leave a lot of open base coat showing for your second layer and ragging color. Apply the second layer of ragging after the first layer has dried. Your goal is a graded mottled look that is well balanced and pleasing.

Latest Articles

Save the Value of Your Home with Professional Foundation Repair Services

To homeowners around the globe, nothing seems to be as problematic as home foundation repairs. In fact, home repair is not only a big problem but...

on Aug 23, 2022

6 Water Heater Problems to Never Ignore

You know how frustrating it is to take a cold shower in the middle of winter or for the hot water to run out before you're even halfway through. To...

on Aug 14, 2022

How Land Clearing Can Improve Your Property Value

When you want to improve your property value, land clearing is a great option to consider. This process can remove any trees, undergrowth, or...

on Aug 10, 2022

Residential andCommercial HVAC Service: What’s the Difference

HVAC denotes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems assist in regulating the environmental temperatures and humidity while...

on Aug 3, 2022

Top 6 Things to Look for When Hiring a Professional Plumber

Whether you need to replace bathtub faucets or unclog drainage systems and kitchen sinks, a plumber does it all. However, look for a professional...

on Jul 21, 2022

Actions

More DIY Articles

The Alphabet Soup of Kitchen Layouts

I remember my first kitchen after college - note that I did not say those memories were particularly fond ones. What passed for a kitchen in an...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

How to Keep Your Windows Properly Maintained

After completing any new home design, no homeowner wants all their hard work to be undone by a failing window. Lots of people do not give their...

Cleaning / Maintenance

Why Replacing You Vacuum Cleaner is Better than Repairing the Old One

Considering the hectic lifestyles and urge for swift solutions these days, one of the most important devices all homes need is a handy and reliable...

Appliance / Repair

A Simple Guideline to Drip Irrigation Installation

It is estimated that less than 21% of the surface of the earth is filled with fresh water. These statistics show that water is becoming a more...

Garden / Landscaping / Patio

Overall Lighting Includes Indoors and Outside

Try not to forget about outside illumination when you are considering home lighting changes. You may no longer need wires for these lights, thanks...

Electrical / Lighting

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2022