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How to Paint Walls for a Robotic Office

A home office gets a funky but functional makeover, complete with a graphic wall design that doubles as a functional chalkboard and magnetic workplace.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Lay Rosin Paper and Prime the Walls

Lay rosin paper on the floor and taped in place.

Prime the walls with Hancock Gray tinted primer; the color has hints of an institutional color but with warmer tones.

Step 2: Paint Molding with an Angle Brush

In this painting project, the moldings are not taped off prior to priming the walls. Old houses often have molding with built-up layers of paint; taping over layers of paint can result in an irregular paint line along the wall edge.

Using an angle brush and a steady hand, paint along the molding freehand, creating the look of a smooth, straight line.

paint molding with angle brush

Step 3: Apply a Coat of Gray Paint

When the primer is dry, roll on a coat of Hancock Gray paint. The darker paint helps direct the eye upward, to the top of the moldings and around the room; directing the eyes around the room creates the impression of a larger and taller room.

darker paint helps direct eye upward