DIY paint techniques

Paint TechniquesIt’s finally summer and we’re all feeling like changing the world for the better! How about we change our homes for the better as a start?

Nothing says change as much as a fresh coat of paint. It is destined to turn any dull room in your house into an everyone-wants-to-be-there-all-the-time-room!

To start this project, think of what you want the room you’re about to facelift to represent; should it be a place to relax, to entertain friends or a little bit of everything? There are various incredibly easy to-do-yourself paint techniques to make it look like you’ve won a home make-over competition!

Have a look at the various DIY paint techniques below:

1. Chalkboard Paint: Turn any surface into a fully erasable chalkboard. Great for kids’ rooms!

2. Checkerboard Floors: This simple paint idea adds character and an illusion of space to any living area.

3. Colour Washing: This technique will give any room in your home a more inviting look and feel.

4. Dry-Brushing: It is a simple and affordable way to turn an ordinary space into a cozy retreat and creates a dramatic look where needed.

5. Fresco: To give any wall in your house a mottled, parchment look, apply the fresco technique.

6. Geometric Reflections: Decorative elements, such as painting geometric shapes, can highlight colour depth and increase light reflection to create a radiant glow.

7. Glitter: With the glitter effect, tiny specks of reflective material in the finish catches the light, adding a whimsical twinkle to rooms or painted furnishings.

8. Ragging: By giving the appearance of shifting colour density, paint ragging evokes the timeless appeal of well-worn leather or soft, faded chambray. As with sponging, different effects can be achieved by applying or removing glaze with a rag or cloth.

9. Smooshing: Smooshing paint lends the elegant look of moiré wall coverings or a simple marbled effect to a room, with a technique that is easy to use.

10.Sponging: Gives your walls the delicate, mottled look of aged porcelain, as well as the dramatic look of rustic stoneware.

11. Texture: Use a paint that contains tiny granules to absorb and reflect light. This will hide minor imperfections with the depth and tactile appeal of a fine, textured painting. Its natural, earthy feel also evokes the organic tones of stone and sand.

12. Washed Stripes: Give any room a light and sophisticated style with subtle wall stripes, which add a touch of texture and sheen for a soft, subtle look. The style goes well with pale-toned furnishings and rich fabrics or with luxurious accents such as large pillows and lush window treatments.

Now that you know of some different paint techniques, choose the right one for your room and get to work! Remember to support the Junk Mail Traders for best prices and quality!


Saskia Meintjes

Hyperactive, extremely realistic and addicted to reading can best describe me. Life is all about the good memories and sitting around will not create them.

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