Intro: From Plain White to EPIC! Hallway Makeover
Want to do something EPIC? - paint your hallway!
Now you might think: "Uhm...?"
I wanted to do something with our boring white hallway,
first i thought:
"Maybe a unusual colour or panels..."
- well that sounded boring too!
So I decided to go for a little more X-TREME paintjob!
the walls I painted measure about 42 sq yd - sounds more in square feet: 377 :D ( for the metric- ones: 35m² )
I have to admit, that i am a little cheap - or should i say X-TREME cheap :D so the whole project was under 50$
Step 1: You'll Need
- white walls - loads of them :D
- paintbrushes - suitable for fine lines
- Different colours of wallpaint - the cheapest ones will do
- a sponge
- latex gloves
- colored pencils
- an eraser
- some thin cardboard for templates
- some mirror-mosaic-thingies and glue for cool effects
- MP3-player with your favorite working-musik
- and finally TIME - LOADS OF IT!
Step 2: Templates
Make templates for the repetitive motivs such as fillers -in my case it were cherryblossom, maple leafes and lotusflowers.
You'll thank me for that when you draw more than 100 flowers :)
furthermore you have to decide what motive you want, the Web is a good source for that, print some examples as a working guide.
I'm no artist so i decided to stay with 2-dimensional Koi,
but if you are an artist go ahead with 3-D effects!
Step 3: Prepare the Wall
now take your colored pencils ( I used orange) and draw the big motives directly on the wall.
choose a colour that matches the later wall-paint, you can use a normal pencil,
but you'll getting problems to cover up the lines - trust me I've been there :D
Use the eraser if your not pleades with the result.
after drawing the big motives ( the koi or whatever you've chosen) it's time for the helpful templates you made.
spread your filling motives all around the wall - tracing them with the colored pencils
Step 4: The Paint Job
Now grab the wall paint and a paintbrush and go ahead!
start with the lighter colors such as yellow or pastel-colors
you may want to mix them - use a plastic plate or something like that.
take just small amounts of the paint, you won't need that much.
Step 5: Background Work
Sponge - time!
get those gloves on, cut a small piece of the sponge and get started,
i had two colors in my working-pan - UNMIXED, mix it direct on the wall, for cool effects and shades.
first paint the details around your motives, and then instantly with the bigger sponge all the rest
- DON'T wait until the paint dries for the best result always paint wet in wet.
Step 6: Detailing
Now every spot is painted,
time for details,
add small leafes, contours
paint a crab ....
almost done :)
Step 7: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
for cool effects glue some mini mirror mosaic tiles on the painted walls.
Looks very nice in daylight and even cooler with lights on.
Step 8: Admire!
Admire your hard work,
call it EPIC,
open a bottle of beer,
get slightly angry if visitors don't realize that this is a paint job and not a bought wallpaper...
Skål ! ( Cheers in swedish )