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A white fabric curtain will divide the bedroom from the bathroom. To liven up the fabric, use fabric paint and one of the wall-art rectangles to create a pattern on the curtain. Roll orange-red paint over the rectangle and presses it randomly on the curtain. The look is abstract and whimsical, designed to look like rectangles falling in space.
Next, it's on to the bookcase (Image 1). Move the bookcase outdoors (for good ventilation) and seal with a conditioner made for use on bare wood. Apply the concitioner in the direction of the wood grain. This will create a smooth surface for the stain (Image 2).
When the sealer is dry, use sandpaper to lightly sand the wood surfaces: as with the conditioner, sanding ensures that the stain goes on smoothly and evenly.
Mix an umber stain with black tint and apply with foam brushes. Apply each stroke from one end of the wood surface to the other: long, even strokes across the wood prevent obvious brush marks from appearing on the surfaces.
To enhance the top of the shelves, apply a second layer of glaze and pull a rubber comb across the wet glaze. When combing through glaze, it's okay to overlap previously combed areas; just remember to keep wiping glaze build-up off the comb as you work. The comb teeth are rubber and won't scratch surfaces; this makes them the perfect tool for decorative painting on both vertical and horizontal surfaces, including walls. Checkerboard patterns can be made by cross-combing.