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Materials and Tools:
paint rollers and 3/8-inch nap roller covers
wide-blade scraper, putty knife, sponge mop
sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
paint tray and liner
good quality 3- or 4-inch brushes
painter's tape (narrow and wide)
trisodium phosphate (TSP)
vacuum with brush attachment
brushed Suede paint
For a quick design update, use textured paint on one accent wall.
Identify natural focal point of room; i.e., fireplace wall, wall behind headboard or major piece of furniture, important architectural feature, spectacular view.
Accent walls are usually richer, deeper color than other walls. Color two shades darker than other walls gives unified look. Or pick accent color from something in room, i.e., artwork, pillows, drapery. Make sure accent wall contrasts with objects in room so they don’t disappear into wall.
Paint with subtle texture will showcase objects in room rather than compete with them.
Consider light and light sources and how they change look of color.
Tip: Paint sample on cardboard and set it in different places at different times of day and night to see how light affects it.
Cover floor with drop cloths.
Tape woodwork with painter's tape. Pass over tape with putty knife or credit card to remove bubbles.
Scrape wall if necessary to remove loose paint.
Patch holes or cracks and sand smooth.
Cut in basecoat around ceiling, floor, trim edges and corners.
Brush on 3-inch border. Brush out edges in sections to ensure wet edge during rolling for even appearance.
Tip: DO NOT cut in around entire room at once; this could cause 'framed' look.
Using premium quality, 3/8-inch nap roller, roll on Brushed Suede. Work in 3-foot columns.
Roll large 'W'; then fill in without lifting roller from wall.
When done, roll full length from floor to ceiling to fill in uneven sections and remove lap marks.
Let dry at least 4 hours.
Using premium quality 3- or 4-inch brush, apply Brushed Suede in series of smaller, overlapping 'X's.
Start with 12-inch 'X's; then overlap with 4- to 6-inch 'X's. Use both broad and narrow sides of brush. Stack multiple strokes one on top of another.
Remove tape before paint is entirely dry.
Tip: In high traffic areas, apply coat of protective finish.