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Paint effects - projects to try

Paint Effects are the ideal way to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.

The options are endless depending on the colours you select and combine together, the way you apply them and the project you choose to apply them to. To get started with paint effects select a small project first and build up confidence. Then progress to larger scale projects as you become used to the techniques. And if worse comes to worse and the paint effect doesn't work out the way you intended, simply paint over it and start again either with the same finish or perhaps a different technique or colour selection.

Gold effects can be created by mixing Resene Gold metallic with Resene FX Paint Effects medium, to create a gold paint effect. Experiment with the ratio of gold paint to paint effects medium depending on the intensity of the effect desired.

Resene sells a range of brushes, rollers and paint application equipment. Some specialist paint effects accessories are not available from Resene – we recommend you either purchase these from a specialist craft shop or online, or improvise by using another item with a similar texture. E.g. a comb effect can be created with many different types of combs and does not necessarily require a specialist paint effects comb.

Resene has brought together a range of Paint Effects projects to get you started. Simply click on the project you wish to try out, print out the project sheet and get started. To view the how to step by step instructions you will need Acrobat Reader.

Find out more about Paint Effects. Plus get more inspiration with the habitat plus – paint effects book – view it online. 

Crackle finish

Crackle finish
This finish creates the effect of crazed and weathered paint...

Gilding paint effect

Gilding
Gilding adds glamour to ordinary household items...

Coloured stains

Coloured stains
Create a multicoloured tea tray using Resene Colorwood wood stain...

Metal leaf

Metal leaf
Silver or gold leaf may be applied to almost any non-porous surface...

Organic textures

Organic textures
Create a mossy effect around the top and base of terracotta pots...

Ragging and stencil effects

Ragging & Stencilling
Ragging may be soft or dramatic, depending on the colours chosen...

Colourwashing

Colourwashing
Colourwashing is a decorative way of applying paint to break up the colour...

Limewashing

Limewashing
Limewash was historically a very dilute form of quicklime...

Antiquing

Antiquing
Antiquing is a finishing technique that darkens the paint colour...

Distressing

Distressing
A distressed paint finish is a quick way to fake age and add character...

Stencil stippling

Stencil stippling
Create a waste paper bin using a raised stencil design and a stipple...

Sponging

Sponging
One of the easiest paint effects techniques is sponging...

Dry brushing

Dry brushing
Dry brushing is an easy way to achieve a bronze metallic look...

Crackling

Crackling
Crackling is an aging technique that cracks the topcoat of paint...

Leather look

Leather look
The use of facial tissues is a quick and easy way to build texture...

Gold effects

Gold effects
Papier mache boxes are an effective way to try out a range of paint finishes...

Spattering

Spattering
Showering a fine spray of paint onto a surface by running your finger...

Marbling

Marbling
There are as many techniques for marbling as there are...

Brushed metallic

Brushed metallic
Resene Enamacryl Metallic may be used in a variety of ways...

Blending colour

Blending colour
Blending colour is the ideal way to soften the edges between light...

Wood effect

Wood effect
Graining simulates wood grain using paints and effects finishes...

Ombre and other paint effects

Fade out
Ombré is a graduation of colour from dark to light...

Retro rules and other paint effects

Retro rules
Think of this paint effect as leaves for your wall, with the vertical stripe...

Painted geometric shapes

Geometry class
Give a room a strong modern vibe with crisp geometric shapes...

DIY ombre storage basket

DIY ombre storage basket
Autumn colours have inspired this easy ombre basket...

Paint an aged effect on new furniture

Aged paint effect
Give new pieces a vintage distressed paint effect look...

How to marble a candle stick

How to create a marble paint effect
A marble finish always looks elegant whichever form it takes...

Creating a wood-effect paint finish

A wood-effect paint finish
Learn how to create a wood-effect paint finish...

Create a rust effect

Create a rust effect
Jeff demonstrates the ‘incredibly simple’ art of a rust effect...


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