Step 2: Drag the Glaze Vertically

applying the faux fabric finish with a stiff-bristled brush
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Press your brush into the wet layer at the top corner and pull down. The bristles should cut grooves through the glaze to expose the base color. Continue in one uninterrupted stroke to the chair rail. On the next section, overlap the first dragged area slightly to avoid a visible seam.

Tip: Hang plumb bobs—you can make your own by tying washers to household twine—just off the wall for a visual guide as you apply the vertical strokes.
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    • paintroller
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    • styrofoam cups
      Styrofoam cups
    • stir sticks
      Stir sticks
    • paint tray and liner
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    • 3-inch angled paintbrush
      3-inch angled paintbrush
    • 4-inch-wide stiff-bristle brush
      4-inch-wide stiff-bristle brush. Look for a brush that is stiff and coarse, like a whisk broom, a scrub brush, or this wallpaper paste brush with the soft tips lopped off.
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      Clean rag or paper towel

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    Clear acrylic latex glaze

    Latex paint
    Two colors for the upper walls and three colors for the wainscot; the base coat should be a satin finish or glossier.