I did a faux finish in the basement bathroom. I used the "sponge on" technique and it turned out very well. The base coat took 1 1/2 hours to do. The "sponge on" coat took about 3 hours to do and I didn't use the technique on the ceiling.
The more times I paint rooms in the house, the more I realize that a cost/benefit analysis needs to be done before I paint. Is it "cheaper" to do it myself or is it "cheaper" to contract out?