Okay, I feel bad for leaving you high and dry on Tuesday with no tutorial for the week. I sucked you dry for ideas on my settee and the inspiration is flowing. Thank you all!
This week's DIY will be tutorial-ish to make up for it. (note: my spell check hates me.) See? Two for one!
Let me show you my Antiqued Living Room Wall...
DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
Folk Art Metallic Pearl White Acrylic Paint
This was soooo easy, and I love the effect of aging on the walls. Oh, I hate the furniture in here, by the way.
Begin with a boring beige wall (you have one of those, right?)
Mix 1 part gold paint with 4 parts glaze.
Paint 2-3 foot sections of the wall with a cross-hatch stroke using the brush.
Dab the paint back OFF the wall in the same area using the rag.
Most directions for this type of finish tell you to work quickly with another person to keep a we edge, but I like the darker edges and color differentiation, so I took my time and did it alone.
Repeat over the entire wall surface. Let dry.
Measure your wall and work out a pattern for placing the stencil (I originally wanted a fleur de lis, but couldn't find it. This stencil cost me $1.00).
I used a laser level to keep each row straight.
Stencil the pattern over the antiqued wall using a rag dipped into the paint then dabbed off. (the rag should be almost dry)
Because of the metallic nature of the paint, the finish looks different in every light and at every angle (yet, not shiny) - it's soooo cool! The effect is kind of like old parchment.
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