Paint Tricks You Must Know- By: Fiona Creech
Creating a fabulous look using paint is altogether possible, if you know the tricks of the “trade”. You can create a look that is just as unique as you are, usually by trying something beyond the traditional paint over top primer that everyone else is doing. Let’s look at some unusual and fun painting tricks that can help you transform your space into something that is totally against the grain when compared to what most people are doing with their walls!
How to Mix Latex and Acrylic
You can create funky and fun steaks when painting by adding acrylic paint into a regular can of latex base. To begin, prime your walls and then add a mix of latex and acrylic. This will lend a textured and unique look to the walls as the acrylic will work to blend with the latex, creating subtle streaks of color on your wall. Not everyone is comfortable in painting their wall like this without a ‘test’ first, so start out by painting a smaller object, like a bench or a table, before you use this technique on your wall. You’ll be able to tell if you like the effect, and you’ll have a coordinating furniture item to go with your wall as well!
Texture is always eye-catching, and while many homeowners are very comfortable or at least familiar with flat paint, if you add texture to your flat paint, you will create a whole new look in your room. One technique that can be used to achieve this feat is the addition of sand to your paint. Instantaneously, you will have texture and a keen visual interest on your wall. Sand can be mixed with any color of paint that you choose. To make your paint really stand out, you can add colored sand, like the kind that you buy for fish tanks. This will give a definite contrast between the paint and the sand for a stunning effect. For areas like a kids’ room or a play area, this can be a great way to add funky and fun effects to the space.
And finally, a wonderful paint trick that many people are unaware of is the use of magnetic paint. Painting a wall with magnetic paint can give you an instant bulletin board, minus the nails. This is a great option for the home office, child’s bedroom, and other areas. Many people use magnetic paint to create a bulletin board shape – such as a rectangle or square, and then trim it with a darker “border”, although it is not altogether necessary to do so. You can also paint the front or back of cabinet doors with magnetic paint to create an instant space for magnets and notes.
These are just a few paint tricks that can turn your project into a unique adventure. Let your creativity be your guide as you find new ways to use paint in your space!
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Senior staff writer for Metal-Wall-Art.com, Fiona Creech, offers design advice on decorating with decorative large wall cross and sun metal wall sculptures.