Friday, July 8, 2011

A new way to paint a Haunt Wall.

I'm still working on my new workshop. The good thing about turning my shop into a Dungeon is that I'm learning new paint and decorating techniques. Each wall I do comes out better and better, almost to the point where I want to go back and do the first wall all over again. (But I’m not) This new paint technique I’ve been using is so easy and so quick to do. You could do a 10 x 10 room in about an 2 hours start to finish, and that includesdry time between coats! I'm going to make a how-to video of the process and put it up on You-Tube and my website, but until then I will give a quick run down here for ya.

You will need:

Black flat latex paint
Dark Tan gloss latex paint (or any color you want as your primary color)
Wood stain (Mahogany, Red Chestnut, something dark)
Latex Gloves
Paint Brushes
Clean Rags
A bucket or small pail

First, Paint around the edge of the wall with the black latex paint. Only paint 10 to 12 inches from the edge.

Let that set up for about 5-10 mins, do not let dry!

Next, with a brush, paint on the dark tan latex paint moving in long up and down strokes. The black will mix with the tan giving a streaked look. Go over the whole wall keeping the edges more black and the middle more tan. You will see what I mean when you do it.

Let that dry a half hour or so. Use a fan to speed up dry time. It doesn’t need to be completely dry, just make sure it’s not wet enough to wipe off.

Pour some wood stain in a small bucket. Soak a clean rag in the stain and rub it on the wall, again using long up and down strokes. Wipe off excess stain with a clean dry rag. Do this as many times as you want. The more coats of stain, the darker and grungier the wall becomes. (I only put on 2 coats but you might want more) No need to let it dry between coats. The sticker the stain gets between coats the better the look.

And that’s it. One finished Halloween Haunt wall.


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