Metal­lic look: a cop­per glow for paintable wall­pa­per

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Mar­gaux Tait and Ger­marie Bruwer • Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster and Mar­gaux Tait

Cre­ate an eye-catch­ing fo­cal wall with tex­tured wall­pa­per and metal­lic paint.

Here’s how...

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


1 Fired Earth’s Brushed Metal in the colour Foxy 2 Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based in White

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