While attending college, I worked as a decorative artist. In addition to murals, I would often work on different wall finishes & treatments. I’ve matched wallpaper so that there aren’t seems or an obvious repeat with paint and aged brand new moulding so it looks like it’s an antique. From textured to smooth, both to subtile, modern to traditional and all the in-betweens, it’s a skillset that still comes in handy (pun intended).
There’s often more math than I’d like to admit in geometric patterns. The honing of the tape is the most important part to ensure the paint doesn’t bleed through and to achieve nice crisp edges.
wood accent wall
Cedar fencing is one of the most affordable cuts of wood, however, the color is very cedar-y. In order to combat this, I mixed up a glaze of a pale gray latex paint, water, and floetrol – an additive that thins out latex paint and extends drying time. Below you can see my conspicuous testing strips and the finished wall completed and dry.
These walls were heavily textured and would require sanding or smoothing prior to application. The same wall paper look was achieved with paint, also without any seams or obvious pattern repeats.
stenciled concrete floor
Sealed concrete with a coat of paint on top. Measured out and snapped a chalk line grid, spacing the same as the width of the stencil. This way, I could ensure everything would line up, without overlapping the stencil with a wet edge. A little bit of spray adhesive on the stencil helps to avoid paint bleeding underneath. Once the desired area was complete, I finished two coats of a water based polyurethane over top.