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How to decorate a precast wall

Make a stylish feature of the vibracrete wall between you and your neighbour with a lick of paint and a template.

You will need

Dulux Trade Alkali Resistant Plaster Primer

Dulux Wallguard Night Jewels 3 

Dulux Wallguard Steel Grey 4

Wire brush

Paint roller and tray

Tape measure

Chalk

Craft knife and cutting board

• Leaf template

Masking tape

Spirit level

Artist’s paintbrushes in various sizes (a small one for the line drawings and a larger one to fill in the solid leaves)

 *Product prices may vary according to size and region.

Here’s how you do it

Step 1 – Prep the wall

Preparation is the key to success when painting a vibracrete wall. Clean the wall with a wire brush to remove any dirt, grime or loose residue. Alternatively, you can use a high-pressure hose but be sure to let the wall dry overnight.

Step 2 – Prime the wall

Prime the wall with a coat of Dulux Trade Alkali Resistant Plaster Primer and allow it to dry for 18 hours.

Step 3 – Apply Wallguard

Once the primer has dried, apply two coats of Wallguard Night Jewels 3, with four to six hours drying time between coats.

Step 4 – Print your template

Print the leaf template on 160gsm card and cut it out with a craft knife; use the negative part of the template to trace your pattern as it’ll be easier to space the leaves and place them at the same angle this way.

Step 5 – Measure and mark

Measure 35cm in from the pillars of the wall; this is the centre point of your stems. Now measure 2.5cm on either side of this mark. Use the spirit level and chalk to draw the stems on the marks.

Step 6 – Trace template

Position the template so that the short edge is flush with the stem, secure it in place with masking tape and trace the leaf pattern with chalk.

Step 7 – Paint your pattern

Once you’ve traced the pattern over the entire wall, use the artist’s brushes to paint the lines with Wallguard Steel Grey 4. Randomly select leaves to paint solid; you’ll need two coats on the solid leaves but a single coat should be sufficient for the line drawings.

One quick tip

Do all the leaves on the lefthand side first, then turn the template around and do those on the right.

 

*Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine 

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