10 Faux Finishes That Totally Fooled Us

Fake a pricier look with these sneaky DIY techniques.

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Fake a pricier look with these sneaky DIY techniques.
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Pocket Full of Posies
Stenciled Brick
Longing for a "romantic industrial" look that standard sheetrock would just never provide, this blogger created the illusion of exposed brick with a stencil and paint.
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The Rozy Home
Faux Bronze
Range hoods don't run cheap, so Jill Rose knew she could get gourmet kitchen style without breaking the bank. To create a realistic bronze patina, she used metallic paint and studded the hood with craft store tacks.
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Ciburbanity
Pretend Planks
Wood-planked walls are all the rage, but not everyone is so handy with a jig saw. This blogger noticed her plain IKEA shelf was the perfect size for "planking" with paint stirrers.
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The Golden Sycamore
Sham Vintage
Not every flea market is chock-full of shabby chic treasures. Luckily, you can fake a weathered finish with a couple coats of milk paint and some sandpaper.
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How to Nest for Less
Painted-On Texture
A layer of textura paste (this makeover used ) can mimic astucco or concrete. For a unique chiseled look, you can also imprint the paste with a stencil or lace.
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Simplicity in the South
Phony Aged Steel
This blogger spotted a gorgeous vintage steel cabinet way out of her price range, so she replicated the finish on a cheaper cabinet with chalkboard paint, soft wax, and mineral spirits.
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Design Dining Diapers
Imitation Reclaimed Wood
Crave a country barn accent ... but there's no barn in sight? Here, an unfinished wood board became "reclaimed" tabletop thanks to a clever stain-and-paint treatment.
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Vintage Revivals
Feigned Butcher Block
Four different stain colors (and lots and lots of layers) made this "butcher block" desk come to life.
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Chic California
Plastic "Zinc"
Believe it or not, these started out as neon plastic containers, but spray paint transformed them into vintage-like bins.
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LiveLoveDIY
Faux Mirror Effect
Little can match the glamour of a mirrored vanity table, but silver leaf can create a reflective glow in a pinch (and is a much easier DIY).
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