5 Steps and Patience to Wow

I have recently been working on a home in Colorado. My client is young, hip and modern and is looking for a clean mid century modern feel to her space. We both thought it would be a great idea to add a retro type pattern to her fireplace wall yet had a hard time finding the right color and scale. Problem? Maybe for some but I decided to just do it myself! Here are the steps you need to take in order to create a fabulous focal art wall and do not forget your patience! 😉

Before Photo

Tools Needed:
Posterboard or Cardboard (to make stencil)
Exacto Knife or Box Cutter
Cutting Mat
Paint Brushes (1″ – 2″ max depending on pattern detail)

1. The first step is to measure the wall and get a feel for what scale the pattern needs to be.
2. Draw out the pattern on posterboard and cut out with an exacto knife.

Pattern Cut to Stencil Out at Scale

3. Trace the pattern onto the wall. Use a pencil and have an eraser handy just in case. Best eraser to have is the pink rubber one (not the one on the pencil itself).

Trace Out the Pattern

4. Once the pattern is drawn and you are happy with the look it is time to paint. Here is where patience and time come into play. This requires A LOT of work and a steady hand. Take breaks when you have to because you will start to make mistakes. It could be helpful to have a partner help.
5. Taking a small artist brush, once you have finished all the painting, go in and fine tune any mistakes or shakiness out.

Voila! Absolute show stopper!

Final Product


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