5 Steps to Creating a Fun Affordable Wall Feature
One of the many fun and creative projects we did while working with Habitat for Humanity was our painted wall feature. There are several wonderful advantages to doing a paint treatment like this one. It is completely “customize-able” and therefore able to fit with any color palette. There are no special tools needed. There is NO measuring, and the design can be whatever you want!
Step 1: Make your paint color selections. All of our colors came from this Ikea pillow cover. It was actually was the inspiration for the space’s color palette.
Step 2: Decide what color the background color will be, and paint that section first. When the feature is done, this color will appear as the “trim ” between all the other colors. Then decide how large you want your wall feature to be and tape it out. In our case we decide to use trim on either side so we didn’t have to be super neat with our paint lines, but we did use level to draw 2 lines straight up the wall. Our color choice for the background was Glidden’s Antique Lace, a light gray (middle section). One gallon cost about $17 at our local Wal-Mart. We did 2 coats and allowed it to dry for 3 to 4 hours total.
Step 3: Here’s where the fun begins. We began taping over the gray in sections. We taped wherever we wanted. The two most important tasks here were to make sure all of the taped sections connected to each other as well as making sure the edges of the tape were secured/adhered to the wall. This significantly reduced chances of the paint bleeding through onto the wall.
Step 4: Next, we used our other color selections and painted over the light gray. Two things are important here: 1-it is best to use small foam rollers 2-it is a good idea to step back and check the wall every so often to make sure there is an even distribution of each color. We painted three coats per color, and as soon as the 3rd coat was finished we peeled off the tape. Peeling the tape as soon as the final coat was applied was key in keeping our lines and edges crisp. *We always use green Frogg Tape over blue painters tape. In our experience, the Frogg Tape continually out performs the blue tape.
Step 5: We allowed the paint to dry over night and then attached trim to either side of the paint feature the following day. By that afternoon we had a beautiful focal point, a beautiful feature wall, and a beautiful space for years to come.
Affordable design solutions like this one take vision, trust ours!