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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
Jul032014

how to: create paint-bombed wallpaper 

Supplies: 
DYI self-adhesive wallpaper
wall paint
acrylic faux glaze liquid
sponges
bowl of water
containers for paint mixtures
drop cloth
rubber gloves
scissors
rubber bands

Directions:
1. Measure and cut sections of wallpaper that will fit the wall that you want to cover.
hint: be sure to mark which section goes where so the pattern flows accordingly.

2. To avoid paint drippings in the pattern, clear a large area of the floor or set up a long table and cover either with a drop cloth to best contain the liquids—then lay flat a section of wallpaper, DIY side up.
hint: the artwork we created is per panel so if a matching pattern is desired, use painters tape on the backside and join panels to create a mural effect.

3. We chose a look that required round/ball-shaped sponges. If this type isn’t readily available, or if another shape is desired, one can be made with a few scissor snips and rubber bands. For our project, we cut off about a third of the end of the sponge and formed the large part of the sponge into a ball by folding corners back and under, securing it with a rubber band so it stayed in a ball shape. Cut the remainder in half to use as secondary tools.
hint: a damp sponge is easier to shape than a dry one—just dip, squeeze, and then form it.
hint hint: if the sponge is large enough, simply use scissors to cut a ball, or other shape out of it.

4. Pour about a 1/2 cup of each paint color into separate containers. Ultimately the consistency of the paint mixture should be similar to milk so add about 1/4 cup of faux glaze liquid and a little water
hint: the glaze is optional but we found it was helpful to thin the color without making it too watery.
hint hint: disposable plates worked well as containers for the paint since they allowed the sponges to easily absorb the paint mixture and clean up took no time.

5. Immerse the sponge ball in water and give it a couple squeezes to make sure it’s saturated. Dip the end of the sponge into the paint mixture and with a little force, pounce the sponge against the wallpaper to achieve the paint-bombed/splatter effect.
hint: test the technique on scrap paper to know how much force is needed.

6. Cover the wallpaper with a desired pattern and layering colors as desired, then use a clean sponge to pick up any excess paint mixture.

7. Allow the painted wallpaper to dry for a full 48 hours—initially the paint may be fragile and easy to scratch off, this will allow it to cure fully and be more stable.
hint: set up a fan on low to help air circulate and speed the drying process.

8. Lastly, apply the self-adhesive wallpaper per the enclosed directions.
hint: to avoid cracking the paint, bend the paper as little as possible when peeling/adhering.