Simple paint techniques can add such character to a dull flat paint job. Smooshing will give you kind of a marble like finish and it is so easy to do.
1. Gather up some lightweight plastic drop cloths, latex satin paint, glaze, a paint pan, a roller and some rubber gloves.
2. Paint a latex satin base coat on your walls and allow it to dry overnight
3. Working one wall at a time, roll your glaze onto the wall. You need to do the technique when the glaze is still wet so if you have a big wall I would ask a buddy for help.
4. Unfold a drop cloth and hold it up to the wall, let it stick to the wet glaze. Repeat this process until the wall is covered with plastic sheets.
5. Use your hands to move the plastic around, smoosh it, wrinkle it, then smooth it out.
HOW TO MAKE A TINTED OIL GLAZE
Applying a tinted oil glaze to a surface is an excellent way of both softening and complementing the underlying color. Buy a transparent glaze from a paint store and add color or make your own glaze.
INGREDIENTS FOR 1 QUART (1 LITER)
Mix 2½ cups (0.6 liters) turpentine, 1 1/4 cups (0.3 liters) boiled linseed oil, 3/4 cup (0.2 liters) driers, and 1 tbsp whiting.
Mix mineral spirits and color to the desired tone. Add glaze a little at a time. Put in more color and mineral spirits for the right tone.
APPLYING A GLAZE
Apply a glaze to a matte oil- painted surface. When dry, cover with a coat or two of varnish. You can work on a glaze from ½ – 1 hour. Prepare a smooth surface, and coat with two layers of semigloss paint.
1. Apply the glaze with a decorating brush randomly over an area of 1 sq yd (1 sq m) at a time.
2. Use a wide, short bristled decorating brush to spread the glaze as evenly as possible.
3. Use a softening brush to smooth the glaze. If necessary, wipe the bristles on lint-free cloth.