Inspiration

  1. Wait for inspiration, live with the furniture for a while before deciding how to decorate it. Think about the room it will end up in.
  2. Watch "Money for Nothing" on TV for inspiration, these designers all started somewhere, this could be you in the future.
  3. Chalk paints are worth the money as no need to undercoat first, but you can use up old emulsions if you want. Supermarkets sometimes stock cheap priced chalk paints but they are thinner and will need more than one coat, weigh up what you want, compared to what you can afford.
  4. Try mixing colours to make something unique to you. For something unusual in papers, and more choice, try independent wallpaper stockists like Metcalfe's in South Shields or Greener's in Sunderland as they are not tied to any one supplier.
  5. For a 2 tone effect paint a dark colour underneath, lighter on top (or vice versa) then file the edges to let underneath show a bit.
  6. If you want to distress a piece of furniture rub an old file along the edges where natural wear would take place. Do a little at a time, remember you can do a bit more filing but you can't take some off.
  7. If either painting or wallpapering goes wrong, no problem, just do it again, over the top.
  8. Never be afraid to experiment ;- some mistakes can end up as great techniques! i.e. trying to make a galvanised steel effect under a knight in chain mail actually made the helmet look 3 Dimensional, almost as if it was hovering above the unit.
  9. Me and the missus are happy to advise you, pop into Jacky Whites market Sunderland on Mondays through to Saturdays 9am to 4pm for a chat, or Facebook message us.

Inspiration

 

Wait for inspiration, live with the furniture for a while before deciding how to decorate it Watch Money for Nothing on TV for inspiration, they all started somewhere.

 

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    Furniture

     

    Wait for inspiration, live with the furniture for a while before deciding how to decorate it Watch Money for Nothing on TV for inspiration, they all started somewhere.

     

     

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        Chalk paints

         

        Supermarkets sometimes stock cheap priced chalk paints but they are thinner and will need more than one coat, weigh up what you want.

        For a 2 tone effect paint a dark colour underneath, lighter on top (or vice versa) then file the edges to let underneath show a bit.

        Experiment

         

        Never be afraid to experiment ;- some mistakes can end up as great techniques! i.e. trying to make a galvanised steel effect under a knight in chain mail actually made the helmet look 3 Dimensional as if it was hovering above the unit.