Got some time on your hands these holidays? Transform a bog-standard wall in your home into something spectacular, with just a few creative paint strokes.
What you’ll need
- Plascon Multi-Surface Primer
- Plascon Easy Living Wall Master Matt
- Plascon Easy Living Multi-surface Sheen Paints
- A drop sheet
- A mini roller
- A standard paint tray set
What to do
1. Prep: Lay down a drop sheet and secure it with tape to save your floors and skirting from paint spills. Prime the wall with Plascon Multi-Surface Primer to ensure an even application and work surface that your paint can adhere to properly.
2 Apply two coats of Easy Living Wall Master Matt. Start by cutting in – this is when you apply a thin border of paint along the borders of the wall above the trims. This prevents any smudging against the corners. Once you’re cut in, dip your roller into the tray and evenly coat the entire surface of the wall with your first coat. Allow proper drying times before starting on your second coat.
3 Start by marking off the columns, using measuring tape and masking tape. This look isn’t a precise art, but you can keep your columns evenly spaced by measuring it out. Keep in mind how deep you’d like your chevrons to be and make sure your column widths suit that. Remember to add a strip of masking tape along the bottom of your cornice and top of the skirting.
4 Shake and open the Easy Living Multi-Surface Sheen, and find a brush with a width that suits the thickness of your stripes. Free-hand the chevron pattern, keeping a relatively equal distance between them, but don’t obsess too much – imperfection will add to the overall effect. Let the paint dry, then remove the masking tape. This will leave a straight and smooth edge on each chevron and create a neatly finished, wallpaper effect for a fraction of the cost.
Make it your own!
- Tape your columns at various widths to create a mix of bigger and smaller chevrons.
- Alternate between rows of up-facing and down-facing chevrons to add more interest.
- Tape a boundary line one third or halfway up from your skirting to create a panelled wallpaper effect.
- Vertical columns are just one option – experiment with horizontal and diagonal ones.
- To create an even more striking pattern, add a second and even third colour for your chevrons. You can also leave random gaps in the rows and later add your pops of colour or fun, metallic or textured paints.
TIP: Never skip on priming your surface – it seals the surface, hides joints and seams, and provides a consistent surface for your topcoats and creative paint strokes.
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