Decorate a pre­cast wall

Make a stylish fea­ture of the vi­bracrete wall be­tween you and your neigh­bour with a lick of paint and a tem­plate.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Shelly Bergh and Beatrice Moore-nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster • Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

Here’s how...

1 Prepa­ra­tion is the key to suc­cess when paint­ing a vi­bracrete wall. Clean the wall with a wire brush to re­move any dirt, grime or loose residue. Al­ter­na­tively, you can use a high-pres­sure hose but be sure to let the wall dry overnight.

2 Prime the wall with a coat of Du­lux Trade Al­kali Re­sis­tant Plas­ter Primer and al­low it to dry for 18 hours.

3 Once the primer has dried, ap­ply two coats of Wall­guard Night Jew­els 3, with four to six hours dry­ing time be­tween coats. 4 Print the leaf tem­plate on 160gsm card and cut it out with a craft knife; use the neg­a­tive part of the tem­plate to trace your pat­tern as it’ll be eas­ier to space the leaves and place them at the same an­gle this way.

5 Mea­sure 35cm in from the pil­lars of the wall; this is the cen­tre point of your stems. Now mea­sure 2.5cm on ei­ther side of this mark. Use the spirit level and chalk to draw the stems on the marks.

6 Po­si­tion the tem­plate so that the short edge is flush with the stem, se­cure it in place with mask­ing tape and trace the leaf pat­tern with chalk.

7 Once you’ve traced the pat­tern over the en­tire wall, use the artist’s brushes to paint the lines with Wall­guard Steel Grey 4. Ran­domly se­lect leaves to paint solid; you’ll need two coats on the solid leaves but a sin­gle coat should be suf­fi­cient for the line draw­ings.

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