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Friday
Jul032015

how to: create linear patterned wallpaper

Materials:
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper
pencil
paint tray
drop cloth
level
large ruler
triangle
4” foam paint roller
painter’s tape, sensitive
base paint, as desired
metallic paint, as desired





Directions:
1. Speak with a CB2 sales associate or use the online calculator to determine the quantity of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper needed to cover the desired area. Next, following the instructions on the packaging, prepare the desired surface and apply the wallpaper.

2. Paint the entire area of wallpaper with a base/background color, then let it dry for at least
24 hours. We used Benjamin Moore eggshell finish paint, gray blue BM-1501.

3. Using the dimensions of the desired wall, sketch the design or draw it on a computer. For best results, print a test sheet to scale to judge the final appearance of the design.
Hint: basing the design on 90 and 45 degree angles will make it easier to create.
Hint hint: the width and quantity of lines will determine if the pattern looks heavy and busy or light and airy—we used 2” wide painters tape for the wider lines alternating with 1/4” thin lines.

4. To translate the design, we started by measuring and pencil-drawing the first diagonal line that cuts across the entire wall and which will anchor the overall design. From the top left hand corner, create a 45 degree angle using a rafter angle square and a large level. Adhere and press the painters tape against this line, then mark off a 1/4” from its edge and continue marking off the middle diagonal section line by line.
Hint: for second, third and subsequent lines, make small pencil dots to measure them out—those markings will be less visible than penciling solid lines.
Hint hint: If the measurements don’t work out perfectly, any small differences likely won’t be seen. However, to be more exact, adjust the width of the stripes on the last section—a 1/4” to 1/2” difference shouldn’t be visible to the eye.

5. Measure, mark and tape all subsequent angles and lines. Once the complete pattern has been translated to the wall, fill the negative spaces with painters tape but exposing the 1/4” lines to be painted.
Hint: by pressing firmly on all edges, a good seal will be created which will prevent paint from bleeding under the tape—or, for an exceptionally crisp line, speak with a paint specialist about a clear glaze application along the edges of the tape.

6. Once the wall is completely taped, paint the exposed lines with a small foam roller—we used a metallic silver made by Modern Masters, ME 150, applied in 3 light coats with 2 hours of drying time between each coat.

7. Let the paint cure for 24 hours, then spot check to make sure it’s dry to the touch before removing the tape—and before placing anything on it.

Thursday
Jan222015

how to: create a geometric carpet rug

Materials:
rug pattern
carpet squares
t-square / straight ruler
utility knife
cutting surface
rug gripper adhesive tape

Directions:
1. Start by determining the overall dimensions of the carpet desired, then draw or sketch a pattern on a measured grid comparable to the 18” carpet squares.
hint: a pattern that adheres to those basic dimensions will be easiest to cut.

2. List colors and quantities of pieces needed to complete the pattern, then cut accordingly.

3. Connect pieces with rug gripper, set the rug as desired, then start decorating from the floor up!

Friday
Apr252014

how to: monogram fabric napkins

Supplies:
fabric paint/s, as desired
brushes, as needed
light/medium-weight cardboard for stencils
X-acto knife
masking/painter’s tape
uno natural linen napkins

Directions:
1. Fold the napkin the way you will be using on your dining table, etc. to locate exactly where you want to place the monogram.

2. Be sure to measure and mark exactly where the stencil will be applied on each napkin so that there will be consistency in the placement. We used a square piece of heavy-weight paper which allowed the corners to line up.

3. Pencil the desired monogram design on to the heavy-weight paper and cut out the stencil with a sharp X-acto blade on a protected surface or cutting board.

4. Following the instruction label on the fabric paint—be sure to include an extra layer of paper on the backside to absorb excess paint/liquid—then use a sponge paint brush and “dab” the paint the background color on the napkin surface. Lift off the stencil immediately after painting. Let the fabric paint dry completely before adding on the next layer of color so that the colors don’t bleed.

5. For best results, consult the fabric paint label for care instructions—most likely, laundering by hand or on the delicate cycle will be recommended for the longest life.

Monday
Feb102014

then and now: stainless ball installations

To see how we created this 2010 installation, shown right, go here.

For more inspiration, check out the pops of color in LMNOQ’s SuperPOX installation by artist Laz Ojalde.

Friday
Jan242014

how to: paint DIY self-adhesive wallpaper

Supplies:
pencil and paper
interior latex paint, as desired
paint rollers, for latex paint
Japanese calligraphy ink, for artwork
paint trays, as needed

Directions:
1. To get started, use the handy calculator online to determine the number of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed.

2. For best results, apply the peel-stick paper to surfaces that have been primed and painted with an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up.

3. For the diy/artwork, interior latex paints work just fine if a specific background color is preferred—simply paint the wallpaper the same as any other wall/surface.

hint: depending on the color or shade, it may require two coats to achieve an even, blank canvas.

4. To create a composition, sketch pattern/drawing ideas on paper. Once that’s ready, and after the base coat is completely dry, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil—we found it’s easier to follow the pattern this way.

hint: after experimenting with different paints, we found that Japanese calligraphy ink is the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color—this is what was used for the catalog shot shown.

hint hint: if a specific paint color is preferred for the actual pattern or artwork—and latex or acrylic paints are chosen—it will just need to be watered down to a consistency close to milk to help brush flow. Using a latex or acrylic paint may require two or more coats to get the lines more opaque than transparent—testing on a small swatch is recommended for best results.

5. To paint the broad, black lines we used a 2” wide house painting brush. The trick to getting a nice, full, energetic loop is to not stop in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint, it’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque.

6. Optional: lastly, the drips were a happy accident so we let them happen naturally—then added more for dramatic effect.