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7 Steps to DIY Wall Decor
DIY Interior Decorating
Do you sometimes look through magazines like House and Garden and wish you could have the beautifully textured walls featured on the pages? If you have even a little of the artist in you, you can paint your own design on your walls.
Get a paintbrush and some distemper paint, a couple of potatoes, rubber gloves and bits of sponge. Then just follow these easy steps.
7 Fun & Easy Steps to Your Own Wall Mural
1. Match your colours. What is the colour of the wall? If it's green, don't use red paint. Red is much too loud and clashes with green. Instead, try yellow, pink or blue. Then look at the colour of your furnishings. You will need basic knowledge about which colours complement and clash with each other. Try getting hold of a colour wheel to make this simpler for you. If you like glitter, gather your guts and go for it. Glitter looks wonderful by sunlight and artificial light. It sets off any glittering object in the room.
2. Choose a suitable base colour to create the base pattern on the wall. You may get the shade you want ready-made from a store, or you could create your own by mixing two shades of acrylic distemper which is washable since it's plastic-based. You could also get liquid tints that you can add to the distemper. Tints are also available in hardware stores.
3. Get a bit of sponge and punch some random holes into it – just rip out some of the sponge. Later you will dip it into the paint and stamp into the wall in whatever pattern you like. The idea is to create a uniform wallpaper-like effect.
4. Paper the floor with newspaper so you don't have to scrub the paint off the floor later. Put on your gloves and mix the paint in a small, plastic bucket. Stir thoroughly for five minutes with a stick. Dilute the paint with a little water. Not too much or the paint will be too thin and will drip down the wall, ruining your pattern.
5. Stand back and stare at the wall. Remove any pictures or dust from the wall. Which patterns do you think will look good on the wall? Flowers? A motif? Whatever the design, you can carve it into one half of a large potato and use it on the wall instead of a sponge. A sponge will give you an indeterminate design, but the carved potato can create a highly defined impression. Your pattern will depend on the nature of the room. For example, is it a study room or the children's room? I painted dragons and fairies on the walls of my study because I love writing fantasy.
6. Dip the sponge into the paint or put some paint into the line drawing carved on the potato and stamp the wall with it. Make sure to squeeze the paint out of the sponge or it will drip down the wall. Carry on till you've covered the wall.
7. Add anything else you like to the wall once the wall is completely dry (wait a day). You could paint in figures (I painted a forest scene on the wall above the stairs to create the impression of walking into the woods). Or do some jiggles on the walls with tubes of glitter and neon paint (commonly used to jazz up T-shirts).
Paint Windowpanes. Do Away With Curtains!
Painted windowpanes are a joy to behold. The effect is almost like stained glass when the sun shines through. Who needs curtains? For maintenance you can simply dust the windowpanes with a dry cloth, and if too dusty, a damp cloth. The paint won't come off.
- Dust the window frames and glass panes.
- Draw the pattern on the glass with a wax pencil or a marker (not a permanent one).
- Mix your paints. For this bathroom window I used acrylic paints as usual.
- Fill in the design and let it dry. Acrylic paint dries fast.
Patchy Walls? Sequin Them!
Do-it-Yourself Interior Decorating is fun. I had a couple of problem walls in my old home which always got patchy and the paint peeled off because of water issues. I plastered the walls with a white artist putty artists use to add texture to work and on top of this sticky layer, I stuck sequins of various colours. The layer of sequins held for at least a year before it began to peel away in places. Then I would go through the process again. You can also use fevicol to cover the wall surface.