Wel­come changes

Reimag­ine and revamp your hall­way with pa­per, dye, paint and easy tech­niques

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Decorating Diy -

time for you to take style risks with con­fi­dence, es­pe­cially if your en­trance is ut­terly bland. Amp up its per­son­al­ity us­ing bold wall­pa­per, sharp black skirt­ing and a seat­ing area with a clus­ter of frames above a sunny yel­low bench and colour­ful cush­ions.

WALL­PA­PER HANG-UPS

3 De­cid­ing whether to pa­per or not? It’s worth the ef­fort. To be­gin, mea­sure the wall and then cut wall­pa­per strips a bit longer. If your pa­per has a pat­tern, match the re­peat: lay strips side by side on a large flat sur­face, align­ing the pat­tern be­fore cut­ting the strips. On the back of each strip, evenly ap­ply a coat of wall­pa­per ad­he­sive with a wool roller cover.

To pre­vent wall­pa­per stretch­ing and shrink­ing, you need to ‘book it’. With strip face down, fold both ends to meet at cen­tre. Let sit for 10 min­utes. Hang first strip of pa­per in cen­tre of your wall. Use a wall­pa­per spat­ula to smooth strip in place, work out air bub­bles and evenly dis­trib­ute glue. Wipe off ex­cess with a wet sponge. Hang the next strip, match­ing pat­terns and butting the seams. Trim ends with a util­ity knife.

4 Waste not, want not! Put left­over chalk paint to good use. Ap­ply it to the ex­te­rior of a jute bag or stor­age bas­ket. Wor­ried about freeform paint­ing and straight lines? The so­lu­tion is painter’s tape.

Bring your own spe­cial brand dec­o­rat­ing of panache to your in­te­ri­ors with bands of dye and paint

DYEING FOR A CUSH­ION

5 Trans­form cush­ion cov­ers from plain to fab­u­lous! Fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tions for dip dyeing and fab­ric paint­ing, then – for the mid­dle cush­ion – dip one end into Rit Emer­ald liq­uid dye for 10 min­utes, slowly lift and hold in short in­cre­ments for an om­bre ef­fect. Brush on bands of di­luted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yel­low and Scan­di­na­vian Pink.

For top cush­ion cover, use the same tech­niques in dif­fer­ent in­ten­si­ties. For bot­tom cush­ion cover, fold in half and dip the fold into a bath of Rit Kelly Green dye, then rinse and dry. Make a brew of four Rit colours – Emer­ald, Kelly Green, Dark Green and Teal – and cre­ate a broad green band at one edge. Im­merse the op­po­site edge in a wa­tery bath of Scan­di­na­vian Pink chalk paint.

Test the flow­ing washes of dye and paint on scrap cot­ton or linen.

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