Dec­o­rat­ing, ging­ham style

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life -

Fresh, pretty and wel­com­ing: the al­lure of ging­ham trans­lates per­fectly into re­laxed coun­try style. Ging­ham shirts and ban­danas per­son­ify life on the range. At home, cot­tage and coun­try kitchens dis­play ging­ham cur­tains and ta­ble li­nens with cheer­ful aban­don. This well-loved pat­tern is a de­sign staple that will con­tinue to please wher­ever it shows up.

Ging­ham fab­rics are in­ex­pen­sive and read­ily avail­able in pal­ettes of yel­low, blue, red, green and black, mak­ing it easy to sew up cur­tains, pil­lows, bed li­nens and up­hol­stery. This jaunty pat­tern also dec­o­rates crock­ery, glass­ware, cut­lery and nu­mer­ous ac­ces­sories from lamp­shades and car­pets to thumb­tacks!

If you’re taken with the de­sign, it may be tempt­ing to dec­o­rate the walls in ging­ham. That’s ex­actly what I did in this guest bed­room. The home­owner was sur­prised and elated with the re­sults. Who knew ging­ham walls would be such a hit?

There are ging­ham wall­pa­pers avail­able, but I wanted the unique tex­ture that can only be cre­ated with paint, and I was able to choose the size of the pat­tern and the colour of the checks. There is a bit of work to this project, but once you have all the mea­sur­ing and tap­ing in place, it’s fun to see the re­sults as they un­fold.

I used a bright off-white base coat and light green-coloured glaze in a satin sheen. If the checks were a solid colour, the pat­tern would have looked too heavy. By us­ing a coloured glaze and break­ing up the colour even more by pulling through it with a bris­tle brush, the pat­tern be­comes translu­cent, light and airy.

De­cide on the width of your ging­ham stripes and mark off the hor­i­zon­tal lines with a chalk line. You will be paint­ing al­ter­nate stripes, so tape off the out­side of the stripes you will be paint­ing. (Tip: when you fin­ish tap­ing, the stripes to be painted will look wider. To be safe, mark an X on the stripes not to be painted).

Mix a coloured glaze, one part wa­ter-based paint, one part wa­ter, three parts wa­ter-based glaz­ing liq­uid. Roll the coloured glaze onto al­ter­nate stripes. While the glaze is still wet, us­ing a stiff bris­tle brush, drag along the length of the painted stripes hor­i­zon­tally only, to give the ef­fect of a cloth weave. Let dry overnight.

Mea­sure and tape off ver­ti­cal stripes the same way you did the hor­i­zon­tal stripes. Fill in al­ter­nate ver­ti­cal stripes us­ing the same tech­nique, this time drag­ging the bris­tle brush through ver­ti­cally.

These breezy ging­ham walls suit a painted wood floor. For added de­tail, why not sten­cil a soft, leafy image on the floor­boards at the cor­ners of the room? Lacy cur­tains, white li­nens and sheers em­pha­size the sum­mery ap­peal in a space that func­tions as a guest room or a place for you to es­cape. Sheer lux­ury.




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