Gone are the days when painting a wall simply meant rolling a layer of your favorite color over it and hoping for the best. Painting has come a long way since the days of whitewash and simple limestone coatings. Today, advanced formulas and techniques are making it easy to create inviting rooms and color schemes that suit both your needs and your personality, without sacrificing anything for appearance. If you're looking to toss out the old to bring in the new, at least when it comes to your walls, consider using either of these two ingenious painting techniques to achieve your goals.
Brushed Metal Glazed Walls for Space-Age Sass
Perfect for contemporary homes and sterile, high-tech spaces, brushed metal glazed walls don't actually contain any metal at all. Rather, they use a combination of painting techniques to build up layers of metallic paint slowly. This technique gives the wall the appearance or illusion of being made from metals like stainless steel, tin, or even copper. The end result, when it's done correctly, is quite attractive and very suitable for gaming rooms, tech businesses, and offices.
To get this look, start with a dark base coat in either dark grey or brown. Allow the base coat to dry, and then use a roller to apply the metallic paint. The key here is to move in random directions; never move only up or down, left or right. Pull the roller both forward and backward in all directions until the wall is covered.
While the paint is still wet, take a second roller and a second lighter shade of matching metallic paint and begin to roll it over the original metallic coat lightly, a little at a time. Use the same randomized movement, pulling the second coat forward and backward, up and down, across and across. Your goal is to create a slightly brushed appearance, but it's okay if it's not perfect just yet. You'll fix it in the next step.
Once the second coat has been applied, use a microfiber roller or a bunched-up microfiber cloth to brush the surface of the wall ever-so-gently. Gentle, light touches and semi-circle strokes work best for this, but feel free to experiment until you're satisfied.
When you're happy with how the wall looks, pack up and allow it to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. If it's overcast or damp, you may want to run a dehumidifier to pull the moisture out of the air, as damp air can extend your drying time.
Once your base finish is dry, you're ready for the final step. Take a metallic finish glaze in a shade similar to the metal you're trying to mimic--silver for steel, brown for copper, and gold for precious metals--and gently brush it over the entire wall with a clean microfiber roller. Less really tends to be more here, so don't overload the brush.
Keep in mind that glaze dries extremely fast, so you need to work across seconds of the wall quickly.
Alternative idea: Use a glitter glaze instead for a more commanding and attention-grabbing finish. While the glitter itself will be far more visible, it also creates subtle highlights that regular glaze just can't match.
Patchwork Paint for Cozy Bedrooms
There's little more inviting on a cold day than crawling under a warm, thick, well-made patchwork quilt. Quilting has a long, beloved history in the United States, dating back to when the first English and Dutch settlers landed on the Eastern shores. That warm, comforting fabric became an iconic representation of family, warmth and comfort quickly and continues to be associated with those feelings even today.
If you're wondering what a quilt could possibly have to do with painting a wall, don't worry--this has nothing to do with fabric, and you don't need to do any sewing. What you can do, however, is recreate the look of a traditional quilt with some simple hemp twine and a few different shades of paint.
To get this look, you'll first need to decide on a pattern. Simple tends to work better than complicated, so don't overdo it. The most basic approach is to simply mark of a checkerboard of squares across the entire wall, but you can get fancier than this using stencils if you have the talent and time.
For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on the checkerboard approach.
Using a pencil and ruler, measure and mark off your squares. Choose 4 to 8 colors to use within your patchwork wall "quilt" and label the interior of your squares with its intended color. This works best as a pattern, so vary your color as you move across the wall.
For example, if you choose red, white, blue, and silver to represent your patriotic spirit, move across the squares in that order, from one side of the wall to the other. When you reach silver, if you still have squares left, simply begin the round again. On a wall that's 10 squares across, you'd paint your squares consecutively red, white, blue, silver, red, white, blue, silver, red, and then white.
Once all the squares are painted in, use a fine tip camel brush to go back over the edges, ensuring that they're straight. Then, allow the paint to try for at least 24 to 48 hours.
Many individuals stop here--the checkerboard look is often attractive as an accent wall all on its own--but you can still take this to the next level quite easily. By outlining the edges of each square, you will give your wall that padded, comfy look that's so closely connected to the original idea of a quilt.
The best way to frame your checkerboard and give it that true patchwork look is with hemp twine. This application works beautifully alongside neutral and Earthy tones as-is, but you can dye it with fabric dye if you're trying to match brighter colors.
If you choose twine, you'll need a glue gun. To apply the twine, start from the top of each column and glue the twine down to the wall a 1" section at a time, continuing until you reach the floor. Once you've covered all edges column-to-column, start working from the top, moving left to right.
Rather than cutting the twine when it meets at each column's side, simply use a bit more hot glue to secure it to either side of vertically-arranged twine you glued down in the last step. Continue moving across the wall in sections until your squares are completely framed by hemp.
The end result should be squares that are beautifully framed by earthy, natural-looking twine--a clean, beautiful look that's as unique as you are.
You're an unconventional person. You march to the beat of your own drum and love to express your creativity in your home decor. Both of these painting techniques honor that part of your personality, letting you create beautiful and enduring looks that last for years. While most homeowners will find these tutorials simple and easy to follow, if you are a complete newbie to painting, it may be best to seek assistance to ensure beautiful results. If you have questions about implementing these wall treatments, or you need assistance with application, contact a local interior painting service, such as Carvey Painting & Decorating Inc, today.