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If cost is a challenge you can do as I did and use salvaged materials.Using  a laser level I installed upper and lower wood trim. before hand I placed used Masonite along wall as wainscot. This will help give me a smooth surface when I paint stripes.

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Using Joint Compound (sheet rock mud/plaster), I spread generous amounts between the wood trim keeping the bottom of the plastered space heavier than the upper. You can experiment with using a fork to tease the plaster to ad texture, motion and drama.

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I begin placing seashells and other curious sea-themed items in a poetic and pleasing pattern. adding bright colored glass beads and jewels will make it "POP" when you are finished.

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Using my Gran-daughter's favorite Barbie... NOT!!! Using a salvaged barbie Doll I like to cut off hair with sissors and then reduce the remaining hair with a heat gun. I pose the Barbie in a way so she can become a swimming Mermaid and secure it with a staple gun.
Plaster is used to fill in the legs and give her the proper mermaid parts.

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Liquid nail adhesive is used to make her flowing hair and fins.

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Now I paint the whole surface with the base gold my Dear Wife selected.

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Then while following the directions I brush on the crackle glaze on. After required time I paint over the glaze with the white paint.

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After paint is good and dry I use a Dremel tool with a wire wheel to remove paint over items I want to shine through. ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN USING THIS POWER TOOL.

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Give the paint a couple of days to dry and then go over in selected spots with wood stain of your choice using a small brush. I like to use the stain as if I was shading objects in a still life painting. Before the stain gets to dry I spray a mist of window cleaner to disperse the stain and soften the edges of the dark areas.  ALWAYS PROTECT UN INTENDED ARES WITH PLASTIC AND DROP CLOTHES.

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 I first measured out my stripes with a laser and light pencil marks.This process can work on semi-smooth surfaces.

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Placing laser beam on each pencil mark and follow line with painters tape.  While I was working on this I changed my mind and decided to gradually widen the paint areas as it moves across the wall. This I hope will ad drama. I then mixed painters calk with a small amount of water and I apply it along the tape edge. This prevents line leaking of paint at tape seal. A damp cloth or moist sponge is used to smooth out the calking. Next allow 20 min for calk to seal (not completely dry) or tape will not pull evenly.

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Paint desired colors being careful not to over brush and mix colors.

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Before  paint drys gently pull tape upward and maintain control of tape so it will not slap against your painted wall and be sure you have a place to put the messy tape after it is removed so you don't have to scream for your wife to help!

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Go back and do touch-up painting ass needed.


fenikkusu (author)2015-01-01

You Sir are an artist!!!

If I visited your home, you would find that I went to the bathroom and disappeared for too long a time and it would be because I was examining all the interesting elements in your decorative chair rail.

This is cool!

thank you, so kind

bitterclinger (author)2016-05-28

Wow! Please add more close-ups of the "chair (beach) rail," esp. the "mermaid."

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