Metallic look: a copper glow for paintable wallpaper
Create an eye-catching focal wall with textured wallpaper and metallic paint.
1 Paintable wallpaper is a cost-effective way of creating a patterned focal wall, finished in the colour of your choice. We used an embossed paintable wallpaper from Fired Earth’s Damask range and coated it with Fired Earth’s water-based Brushed Metal in the colour Foxy. Apply the paper according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using a good quality wallpaper adhesive such as Perfax Wallpaper Adhesive which covers about 4m2 per sachet. Smooth out all the bubbles with a soft sponge when it is still wet to ensure an even application once it has dried.
2 The wallpaper should cure for about 24 hours before you apply the paint. Fired Earth’s Brushed Metal has a modest spread rate of 6-8m2 per litre and two coats should be enough. Allow for at least four hours of drying time between coats. Let the paint cure on the wallpaper for another 24 hours before you hang anything against the wall.
The vintage coat rack was given a quick coat of Dulux Wood Primer and finished with Dulux Pearlglo Waterbased satin enamel in White.
Tips • Don’t be concerned if the paper starts to bubble as you paint over it. Once it has dried again, the bubbles will disappear. • Soft dusty pink, grey and navy blue work especially well with copper.
Shopping list • paintable wallpaper: Damask from Fired Earth • Perfax Wallpaper Adhesive • Fired Earth’s Brushed Metal in the colour Foxy Tools • soft sponge • sponge roller
THE COLOUR PALETTE
1 Fired Earth’s Brushed Metal in the colour Foxy 2 Dulux Pearlglo Waterbased in White