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How to Create Sunburst Walls

Learn how to create a sunny bamboo bungalow by applying a sunburst paint technique to the walls.

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transform neutral walls into sunburst red
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  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prep the Room

Prep the room by taping windows, doors and moldings with painter's tape.

Place the drop cloth on the floor.

Tape the adjoining wall with masking paper.

Step 2: Apply the Base Coat

Apply a base coat on walls and allow to dry.

Apply a darker color top coat up to the point where you would like the sunburst effect to start. Work in sections, painting about four feet at a time.

Paint colors used for base coat: Kelly Moore Brandy Cream (BM-1B1030)

work in sections, painting four feet at a time

Step 3: Apply the Glaze

Add three parts glaze to one part of the darker latex paint color to create a top coat glaze.

Apply top coat glaze about 6" above the section.

Paint color used for top coat: Kelly Moore: Spice Pumpkin (BM-4B) Classic

Step 4: Stipple the Glaze

Stipple the glaze with the stippling brush while paint is still wet, moving from the bottom of the glaze toward the top of the ceiling.

stipple glaze while paint is still wet

Step 5: Blend the Paint

Use a cloth to blend the paint and even out the effect.