Painting Tips & Techniques
Looking to create a peaceful, spa-like get-away in your own home? All you need is a little paint and
your ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape. With subtle accent shapes around shadow boxes or picture frames, you can add a touch of
tranquility and simple elegance to any room.
Step By Step Guide:
Step 1: Mask Trim
Mask along trim, baseboards and non-textured ceilings with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.
Step 2: Paint Basecoat
Paint the basecoat (the lighter color) over the entire wall and let it dry for 24 hours.
Step 3: Create Templates
Create the templates for your accent shapes. Tape the templates to the wall where you'll want your accent shapes.
Step 4: Draw Outlines
Use pencil to lightly draw an outline of each accent shape template.
Step 5: Mask Shapes
Mask around each shape.
Hint: Keep pencil lines inside the border of the tape.
Step 6: Seal Edges
Use a 5-in-1 tool or putty knife to press down and seal the edges of your tape.
Step 7: Paint Shapes
Paint your shapes with the darker accent color. Allow paint to dry for 24 hours.
Step 8: Remove Tape
Remove tape at a 45° angle. If adhesive begins to transfer, use a 90° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.
SIZE AND SCALE SUGGESTIONS
Consider the size of the room and the potential size of each accent shape. You may wish to vary the sizes and use both squares and rectangles, depending on what you plan to accent.
Sketch your vision on paper, drawn to scale. This will give you a blueprint of how the selected shapes, widths, and spacing will fit onto your wall.
Use tape to bring your vision to life and see it come together – before you paint.
To evoke the spa-like feeling, use calming colors such as sandstone, moss, tan or beige.
Choose a lighter color for your basecoat, and a darker, contrasting color for your accent shapes.
When painting in a bathroom, use indoor paints that are designed to resist mold and mildew.
Resist the Urge to Stretch
When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.
Get Extra Sharp Lines
Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.
Complement the space by accenting it with a wooden bench or wooden floor mat.
Add a touch of outdoor serenity with natural elements like floor plants, bamboo or a wooden tray filled with smooth river rocks.
Hang shadow boxes in the newly painted accent shapes. Add tea lights to enhance the atmosphere.
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