Black Paint, Tape & A Bit of Nerve

Black is very Black - that's just how it is!

So here we go ..... this is a lesson in how to combat your fear of black paint & unleash that creative side - all in school hours ;) but I do admit that my project was during the school hols.

 

Step 1 

Get a wall. A kid's bedroom wall is perfect because they will love it (and you for painting it black - not that your'e buying their love!) and then you can shut the door on it - BINGO - everyone's a winner ;) To make your scene 'pop' it's best if you paint the wall first, in this case I painted the whole room Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength the week prior.

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 2

You can paint a mural, stripes or mountain peaks. The reason I chose peaks is because I felt there was less chance of an error. So grab your tape (I like tape that gives you a few days before you need to remove it) & map out your scene. Yes you can pencil it roughly on the walls and then tape it  - this way you have a good idea of the proportions & heights of the peaks. I  did not use a pencil & played with the tape ... removing it if not happy so it took a bit longer. Now you will achieve a lovely point at the top of your peak but the tricky bit is getting a lovely point at both joins of tape. Use a sharp knife & a steady eye. Check out the tape in the picture below .....

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 3 

Using the same colour paint as the walls - in this case Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength - Paint on the tape & under .... weird?? Noo - this forms a 'skin' over the tape so your next colour does not seep under the tape (CRITICAL + CLEVER!). Then let it dry (IMPORTANT).

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 4 

Get your colour ready. I used black paint so I was pretty tense! Best if no one is home to ask "What can i eat?" 'When are we going?"

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 5 

Get to it. Now hopefully you've got a painting technique as your a brave DIY-er & this is not your first painting project.  I used a small brush to edge & a roller - I worked quickly as I was panicked by the black paint. The 1st coat looked awful (streaky & sludgy-green) but the 2nd coat was great .... it really needed 3 coats but the ceiling light in this room shines directly down so I got away with 2 coats. 

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 6 

Remove the tape while your 2nd coat is still wet. This is where you are grateful to have bought good quality painter's tape. The result .... sharp lines!

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 7

Style your (their) space - have your moment of glory 

Then they will change it x

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

More on black paint to come ....