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Decorative Wall Painting Techniques
Do your walls seem dull and uninviting? Do you long for a cozy, welcoming room? Consider decorative wall painting techniques, such as sponging, ragging, stenciling or stamping. Even if you have no experience, you can brighten even the dullest room quickly and cheaply with one of these easy decorative wall painting techniques.
Before painting your room, pick out a color scheme for your walls. When you chose your paint, remember that many painting techniques use two shades of one color. If you are using one of the techniques that does use two shades of color, you can pick a darker color than you normally would chose for your base color, since the lighter top color will make the final result much lighter.
To sponge or rag a wall, paint on your base color and let it dry thoroughly. Then, dip your sponge or rag into the lighter paint color and sponge or drag the lighter color over the base coat until you are satisfied with the effect. If you are unhappy with your final result, you can repaint any areas that you don't like with the base coat. Once the repainted area is dry, repeat the faux painting technique.
If you are considering using a decorative painting technique such as stenciling or stamping, you may just want to create a wallpaper effect by stamping or stenciling a simple design over your base coat. However, you may want to go a step further with your project and use stencils or stamps to create a faux brick or stone wall. You don't need to be an artist to create one of these faux finishes. Just follow these simple steps. First, paint the walls with the color you chose for the mortar between the bricks or stones. Once the base coat is dry, stamp or stencil your bricks or stones over the base coat. Once the brick or stonework is dry, spatter a bit of the darker color over your faux art to give it depth and make it appear more realistic.
Creating faux effects such as making your walls look like they are made of plaster or suede can also really make your room stand out. You can easily learn how to create these seemingly difficult finishes at your local paint store. Paint bases that automatically give a suede or textured effect to the walls are a shortcut that even artists use to create fun finishes.
Finally, no matter which decorative wall painting technique you choose, remember that it is just a few layers of paint. You can always redo the finish on your walls as you learn more about the art of decorative painting.
A Guide to Discontinued Wedgwood China
Everything has its day and its time, and Wedgwood China is no exception to the rule. Because the company is 250 years old there are patterns that were used to create dishware that simply no longer exist, but pieces of the dishware still do.
How to Decorate Ethnic
FIVE EASY STEPS TO DECORATING ETHNICNEW YORK, NY - With all that is happening in the world today - the threat of war, falling stock prices, a recession (in spite of what economists say) - more and more of us are nesting. That is, we are spending more time at home.
Pass the Salt - Its a Hot Collectible
Part of the attraction of any collectible is the story that surrounds it, and salt-cellars have a tale to tell. Here's what you need to know about this condiment collectible.
A Spring Sampler
Spring is in the air, or at least we all wish it were! If you'd like to get rid of the winter doldrums and usher in some life to your home, here are some easy steps you can take now, before the crocuses bloom.· Put out several bouquets and arrangements of "silk" flowers in bright colors.
Furniture Bench - The Many Varieties & Uses For One In Your Home
Furniture benches are benches that can be used indoors and for literally any room of the house. For example, a furniture bench would work perfect for entry ways or foyers.
A Look at Shower Curtain Rods
Shower curtain rods give you a unique opportunity to showcase your sense of style. There are many different styles of shower curtain rods available.
Incentives for Proper Home Theater Lighting
One of the most crucial elements to consider in building a home theater system is also one of the most over-looked. The lighting used in the room has an incredible effect on the movie viewing experience.
Furniture Placement Secrets
The easiest and most inexpensive way to invigorate the design of your living room is to rearrange the furniture items you already own. Furniture placement can be a daunting task, no matter how big or small the room.
Baby Quilts - Traditional Or With A Twist
I am not a quilter in the typical sense, but I love making small coverlets and quilts for babies when I am not making wall hangings. All you need is some cute and colorful fabric.
The Benefits of Vertical Wood Blinds
Wood vertical blinds, a style of wood blinds falling vertically from valance to floor. They can provide much more insulation from extreme weather conditions than traditional horizontal wood blinds because they can be opened or closed either from one of the sides or from the middle.
Spring & Home Decorating - A Fresh New Look
Open Windows ? Curtains fluttering from a warm breeze ? The air smells fresh and clean ? Buds on the trees are beginning to open ? Tiny flowers are popping up threw the ground ? Finally that little bird with the red breast is backAll of these can only mean one thing "Spring" has arrived. Those days of blustery storms and frosty drafts have come to an end.
How to Install Bamboo Flooring
Not just food for pandas or the stuff of cheap picnic mats, bamboo is now being processed with modern techniques into beautiful "hardwood" flooring that beats standard wood floors in durability, hardness, and dimensional stability.An added bonus to these beautiful floors is the knowledge that bamboo, unlike wood, grows quickly and abundantly, reaching maturity in five years or less.
Outdoor Cedar Patio Furniture Goes Indoors!
It would be obvious to assume that the sudden boom in Patio Furniture sales was due to the hot new trend of building "Outdoor Rooms" that originated on popular Home and Garden TV shows and in Outdoor Decor Magazines. But there's another less obvious explanation as well.
Decorating Roll Up Bamboo Shades
Plastic or real bamboo roll up shades can be decorated with a designed waterproof shower curtain in front so when you roll it down for your Jacuzzi or other relaxation area it will be most pleasant to your eyes, and also serves as a privacy shade. The most popular are done in tropical print to add to a special area of relaxation.
The Arts & Crafts Movement for Beginners
If you like clean, simple, oak furnishings, you're likely an Arts & Crafts aficionado. In this month's column, we'll talk about the history, the early champions and the variety of disciplines within the Arts & Crafts movement.
Kitchen Decorating Is Easy To Do
Kitchen decor themes can turn a dull kitchen into a beautiful living space. Being the central gathering place for family and friends, the right theme can make any occasion a memorable event.
Decorating Ideas for a Baby Nursery
Creating a comfortable area for your baby is important to many parents. That is why so many parents are interested in decorating ideas for a baby nursery.
A Place For Everything In Your Home
Are there homeless items living in your home? If you're like most families, you have countless bits and pieces lacking designated spaces, so the homeless items are left lying on the nearest shelf or countertop.After awhile all the little items without a home begin to accumulate, causing clutter and chaos in your household.
A Guide to Closet Organizers
Along with losing weight and quitting smoking, getting organized is a top New Year's resolution. In fact, a Franklin Covey Co.
A Guide to Kitchen Sinks
In any household, a kitchen sink is one of the central fixtures and always sees plenty of action. It is used both for preparing food and for cleaning up after every meal.
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