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Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate

Listed under Blog Posted May 28 2014

Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate

Colour wash paint effect on the walls

Lee Simone Traditional Painter in Yorkshire, explains in great detail about this Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate. He created a colour wash paint effect on the walls of this en-suite bathroom.

Introduction to Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate

This Paint Effect on the Walls was the 2nd stage of a recent project I did in Harrogate for some great clients of mine. The first part of the project involved creating a cloudy effect on wardrobes of the master bedroom. I wrote about it in this Blog

Over the years I have created a variety of different paint effects throughout their Harrogate property. There are broken colour finishes in the master bedroom and kitchen. I designed and painted stripes in the dining room and applied a metallic pearlescent finish in the lounge. That’s just a few of the paint effects.

The master en-suite had a stippled effect that Nicola Creasey had applied 16 years ago. She is a fabulous decorative artist who I worked with for a year. Nicola helped instill in me my love of all things decorative and painty.

The finish on the bathroom walls had lasted so long and was only now showing slight areas of wear and tear. That is a testament to the continued interest and high durability of paint effects. Paint effects really can be a cost effective decorative solution! (We are starting to see a gradual rise in requests for non-block colour finishes!)

Masking up & Base Coats –

Base coat - three coats of Glidden Acrylic Eggshell for Paint Effect on Walls

Base coat – three coats of Glidden Acrylic Eggshell

The first stage of the project was to mask off all areas. For this, and most of my other projects, I turn to 3M’s Edge Lock 2080EL tape. (I once had a review on the 3M site, such is my interest in that product). I cannot rate this tape highly enough as it sticks brilliantly (even though it’s low tack). Another benefit of using the 3M Edge Lock with this type of paint is that when it’s removed it doesn’t take half the paint off with it. You cannot say that about some other tapes, which really struggle with acrylic eggshell paints. It can be left on for 60 days without any problems and leaves a razor sharp edge. 

Once I had masked off everything, I applied three coats of Glidden Acrylic Eggshell using a Purdy White Dove 9″ Roller Sleeve. I’ve only recently discovered these and have to say I am very impressed with the even and flat finish they give.

The colour I chose for the base was a light grey which my local merchant colour matched to the lightest shade of the feature tiles. There a couple of benefits to choosing a coloured base coat for this type of project. Firstly you can see it through the glazes and secondly it adds richness and a further depth of colour.

Mixing the Glazes & Colours –

The Tinted Glazes

The Tinted Glazes

Once I had repaired the minor damage and completed the base coat, it was time to mix up the glazes for the effect itself. Firstly, I mixed the colours by hand. Next, I added a variety of pigments and tubed oil paint colours to existing oil eggshell bases. I then mixed them with oil glaze and white spirit until I had a consistency akin to single cream. You are looking at a ratio of roughly 30% paint, 60% glaze and 10% white spirit

The colours I mixed were inspired by those found in the bathrooms feature tiles. As you can see from the picture, the colours mixed – the small blocks in the middle – were quite dark. When mixed with the oil glaze however, the colours become transparent. This means a lot less intense and ‘lighter’ look. The top three samples in the picture show the colours when mixed with the glaze. The bottom swatch shows the colour when all three glazes were mixed together.

The Brushes

The Brushes

Creating the paint Effect –

The colour wash effect itself is a two stage process. The first step, I apply each of the glazes separately. You then blend each one out before blending the next colour into the one you have just applied.

It’s important to work methodically and in manageable sized areas, around 2 – 3′ square works well. The brushes I use are very soft 3″ and 4″ brushes. They allow me to blend the paint out easily and ensure there are no brush marks. The aim of the first layer of glaze is to create a cloudy effect that gently incorporates and blends each of the coloured glazes into one another.

The second stage is a repeat of the first. I use the same glazes and the same technique. There is no need to keep to the same ‘pattern’, because going over the lighter glazed areas with a mid tone glaze is fine. That is actually what creates the depth and dimension of colour for this kind of finish.

Close up of the 'cloudy effect' Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate

Close up of the ‘cloudy effect’

Sealing & Protecting –

Dulux Clearcoat Matt Varnish

Dulux Clearcoat Matt Varnish

The final stage for this paint effects project was to protect the finish with a suitable varnish. Over the years I have tried various products. I have found that Clearcoat by Dulux is up there with the best. I used it over the original effect some 16yrs ago and was still going strong. It has resisted condensation and a watery atmosphere from literally thousands of showers.

It’s a doddle to apply, dries beautifully evenly and comes in either Satin or Matt. For this project I used the Matt version as I really wanted the effect to ‘pop’. I applied two coats of the varnish using a combination of acrylic brush, mini foam roller and Purdy White Dove.

Once dry I removed the tape, tidied up and hey presto. I think it is fair to say that this is another fab paint effect and another extremely happy client. 🙂

Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate.

The Finished Effect

Close up of the Finished Effect

Close up of the Finished Effect

If you have a similar project, contact Kitchen painter and decorative artist Lee Simone can direct at Imaginative Interiors up in Harrogate



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3 comments to “Paint Effect on Walls in Harrogate”

  1. Mark McCarthy

    This is a very nice effect Lee and nice to see that there is demand for this type of work. It was popular in the late 80’s -early 90’s. Regarding the Purdy short pile dove sleeve. I have been using these for quite a few years now on general emulsion work and after thorough preparation the finish looks like it’s been sprayed ! They last a long time too. My only complaint nowadays is the quality seems to be suffering probably due to mass production which is a shame.

  2. Imaginative Interiors Imaginative Interiors

    Cheers Mark, I think paint effects are brilliant value for money and have such longevity and much more interest than plain emulsion. I think many people still think rag rolling when they think of paint effects which is a big shame as the finishes can be as subtle as you like but always have a lovely depth of colour. Roller wise, have noticed MyPaintbrush.com is selling Axus Pro Finish..have you tried them, any good?

  3. Brendan

    How do you paint over this finish once customer wants a change? I have some zinsser wallpaper primer sealer I was thinking of using first , under soft sheen. What do you think? Thanks

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