Painting our family room wall

Painting the family room wall for our do it yourself home improvement project. We had dark wood panels on this wall but with the new Brazilian Cherry wood flooring, they didn't look right. My wife selected the colors a Bellagio Faux-13 and I purchased the required material.

I covered the floor with plastic sheeting and taped it to the floor next to the wall, so that water, TSP or anything could not get on the new flooring.

I prepared the wall by scrubbing it with TSP TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE and rinsed it thoroughly. TSP can be used for washing surfaces. TSP is a strong base and can cause severe eye damage and can burn unprotected skin. TSP is not recommended for cleaning in bathrooms. It can damage metal and painted surfaces, and stain woods, mask all surfaces except the one you want to clean.

The desired color required two different colors. I covered the wall with the base color and let it dry for 24 hours. The second color had to be scraped off after about 10 minutes to give the effect shown in the brochure.

I started on the top half of the wall and was about halfway across the wall when 10 minutes were up. I then started scraping a 3 foot wide section and then cover a 3 foot wide section. I alternated this procedure and did the bottom half of the wall.

As it was drying I could see that there was going to be a big wide dark swatch running across the middle of the wall where I over lapped the second color. So I let it dry and covered it all with a new base coat. I had a full gallon of base color so this was not a problem.

Bellagio Faux painting home improvement

I let it dry for 24 hours again and this time I enlisted the help of one of my sons. I covered the second color from ceiling to floor in a 3 foot wide swath. I had 2 swaths done when my 10 minutes were up. I had my son continue while I started scrapping the second layer off.

It didn't take me long to realize that I was in luck, the old color below our base coat had an orange peel texture and so I could scrap the paint off as fast as I wanted to as the orange peel texture gave us the look we wanted for this wall.

It looks great and my wife is happy with it.

Water color painting of Friday Harbor

This picture is of Friday Harbor on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle, Washington. I took a digital photo of this harbor and had it enlarged to 20" by 24" and digitally enhanced as a water color painting. The results were great and we have a lovely picture addition to our home.

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