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Faux painting

Faux painting is a decorative painting technique used to create an elegant texture on your wall. Learning the basics of faux painting will enhance any room with warmth and classical beauty.

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Faux bois means "false wood" in French; it is a simple technique that you can use to decorate wrapping paper, dressers, and walls elegantly. Here, it turns a plain wooden serving tray into one that is beautiful and special -- and perfect for a gift.

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Paint has the power to pick up the pace in a room. But to really get a space moving, you've got to rock, roll, comb, and drag. That's what Martha Stewart Living paint expert Tom Eberharter discovered when he took a new approach to the time-honored art of creating eye-catching patterns and illusory surfaces through paint. With the clever use of small craft tools and filmy glazes, he updated the concept of sponged, ragged finishes -- so popular in the 1980s -- and traded the spattered look for clean, graphic patterns such as gingham and herringbone.