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A Decorative Wall Circle with Functionality

The office wall gets a functional and decorative paint treatment that doubles as a work area. Composed of triangles of chalk and magnetic paint, the painted circle will break up the rectangular panels in the room.

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painted circle breaks up rectangular panel
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Mark off the Sections of the Circle

Measure and mark the center point of the wall with a push pin. Knott one end of a knotted piece of string and place it around the push pin; place the other end of the string around a pencil. Holding the pencil taut at the end of the string, draw a circle on the wall.

She uses a level to draw four perfect quadrants.

Step 2: Mask of the Circle Sections

Quads one and three are masked off with painter's tape; the tape edges are sealed with a thin line of varnish to prevent accidental paint bleed.

mask off circle sections

Step 3: Apply the Chalkboard Paint

Using small rollers, roll on two coats of chalkboard paint inside the taped lines. Dry the first coat with a blow dryer to speed up the process.

When both coats of paint are dry, quads two and four are taped, sealed and painted with MagnaMagic Active Wall Primer. Two thick coats of the primer, which is infused with iron shavings, are rolled on the two quadrants.

apply chalkboard paint

Step 4: Apply a Coat of Paint Over the Circle

When the primer is dry, a coat of Grenadier Pond paint is rolled on over it. The soft color will provide a soothing, calm contrast to the darker, institutional paint colors in the room.

painted circle breaks up rectangular panel