A drab living room be­comes a con­tem­po­rary show-stop­per

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Shelly Bergh • Pho­to­graphs Henk Hat­tingh

A strik­ing her­ring­bone pat­tern and cop­per leaf sten­cil have

trans­formed this once lack­lus­tre living room into a con­tem­po­rary master­piece.

See page 58 for in­struc­tions on how to paint this her­ring­bone

pat­tern your­self.

The bud­get

An­drew Maritz, Home’s art direc­tor, and his wife, De­bra, de­cided to up­date the lounge in their home in Lit­tle Mow­bray, Cape Town – start­ing with a fresh colour scheme. They also wanted to mix things up with a strik­ing new fo­cal wall and sten­cil de­tail on the floor.

As time was of the essence, they called in the help of Home con­trib­u­tor Shelly Bergh. Labour ex­cluded, they man­aged to pull off a paint makeover for just R2 000.

The project

To start, the walls and ceil­ing – pre­vi­ously non­de­script beige – were painted with Du­lux Lux­u­ri­ous Silk in White. The floor, which had been painted some­time in the past, was then sanded and painted with Du­lux Eggshell enamel in the colour Steel Sym­phony 5.

“We’d re­cently painted the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of our home white to spruce it up a bit,” says An­drew. “We then turned our at­ten­tion to the lounge – it’s lo­cated in the mid­dle of the house and we wanted to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent mood in that space, and dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the rest of the house us­ing colour. We de­cided on a grey floor to an­chor it all.”

Shelly lent a hand with the de­tail on the floor. She first de­signed a sten­cil to cre­ate a sim­ple yet stunning pat­tern and then dec­o­rated it with cop­per leaf. The skirt­ing and door frames were also sanded, primed with Du­lux Su­per­grip and then painted with Du­lux Pear­glo Wa­ter­based enamel in White.

But the real star of the show is the her­ring­bone fo­cal wall. Us­ing mask­ing tape, Shelly taped out the pat­tern on the fea­ture wall be­hind the sofa and painted it in Du­lux Lux­u­ri­ous Silk Niagara Blues 1.

An­drew and De­bra love the new look. “The crisp lines cre­ated by the her­ring­bone pat­tern make the room so much more in­ter­est­ing,” says De­bra. An­drew agrees: “It makes a bold state­ment and adds in­stant im­pact when you en­ter the house.”

The fire­place was painted in two tones – Du­lux Gloss Enamel in White and Niagara Blues 1 – and fin­ished off with a cop­per leaf de­tail. Cop­per leaf de­tail

Paint gild­ing size (an ad­he­sive) on the area you want to cop­per leaf. Leave it for about 15 min­utes to get tacky. Place cop­per leaf over the area and gen­tly brush over it with a clean soft-bris­tle brush. Wipe off the ex­cess cop­per leaf with the brush.

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