Q-and-a: Paint and Glaze

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - MY HOME - Deb­bie Travis

Dear Deb­bie;

I am learn­ing how to paint with glazes and love the hints of colour you get when you add a layer of glaze over colour. I’m try­ing a ging­ham pat­tern in the nurs­ery and tap­ing like mad. Around the taped edges and cor­ners I am get­ting an un­even ap­pear­ance on the wall. Is there any way around this? Thanks for all your guid­ance. San­dor

Dear San­dor;

You have dis­cov­ered the beauty of glaz­ing

liq­uid! Adding glaz­ing liq­uid to paint turns the colour from opaque to translu­cent; the translu­cent coloured glaze al­lows the opaque base coat to peak through, giv­ing you that lu­mi­nous lay­ered look. Speaking gen­er­ally, there is a trick to applying an even coat of paint or glaze - you must keep a wet edge. Here’s how. Work on one wall at a time and mask along the cor­ner of the ad­join­ing wall with low-tack painter’s tape. This pre­vents a buildup of paint/glaze along the edges. Brush or roll the glaze onto an area of about 3 feet by 3 feet. Then work the glaze to achieve the de­sired ef­fect. Im­me­di­ately ap­ply the glaze to the next sec­tion over­lap­ping about an inch along the edge just worked. This is known as the wet edge, if this edge dries, a seam forms in the paint, cre­at­ing a line. Wa­ter-based paint dries quickly. Mix­ing wa­ter-based glaz­ing liq­uid into the paint slows down the dry­ing time, but you must still work quickly in order to keep that wet edge and avoid seams. Al­low the fin­ished wall to dry, then re­move the tape and cover the fin­ished painted cor­ner to pro­tect it as you move around the room. To avoid paint and glaze buildup at cor­ners and edges around trim, brush away from the edge in­ward to­ward the wall.

To cre­ate a ging­ham pat­tern as seen here mix two blue glazes, one more trans­par­ent than the other. The ver­ti­cal stripes are 1 part blue paint to 3 parts glaz­ing liq­uid. The hor­i­zon­tal stripes are 1 part blue paint to 4 parts glaz­ing liq­uid. Mea­sure and tape off ver­ti­cal stripes over a dry white base coat. When the tape is on you will see thin and thick widths. Fill in the wider stripes with 1:3 blue glaze. Re­move the tape and let dry overnight. Mea­sure and tape off the hor­i­zon­tal stripes and ap­ply 1:4 blue glaze with a roller. It needs to be ap­plied very smoothly in sev­eral sweeps. Feather into the cor­ners with a brush. You don’t want to see roller marks.

Dear Deb­bie;

The ceil­ing in our condo is very un­even where it meets the top of the walls. We are paint­ing both and would like to know how to make the top edge neat. The ceil­ing and walls are dif­fer­ent colours - pale blue ceil­ing and li­lac walls. Francesca

Dear Francesca;

This is a com­mon chal­lenge. An un­even edge will catch the eye and ruin your pro­fes­sional paint job. Paint the ceil­ing first. Run tape along the top of the walls º inch down from the ceil­ing. Bring the ceil­ing paint down to the tape. This will give you a straight line along the top of the wall. Wait 24 hours for the ceil­ing to dry. Re­tape along the ceil­ing edges down to the straight line and paint the walls. This is also a good trick for paint­ing along the edges of trim and base­boards that haven’t got a clean edge.

These ging­ham stripes are cre­ated with two blue glazes, one more trans­par­ent than the other.

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