Paint Custom Designs
Consider Your Colors and Tools
Several items will be needed; including paint, brushes/rollers, Frog tape, a T-square or straight edge ruler and level. In addition, an erasable pencil and chalk will come in handy to mark the layout. Most professional painters use chalk.
Usually, a coat of paint takes about 4-6 hours to dry properly and several days to fully cure. For most interior walls, it takes two coats, primer and paint, so keep that in mind when you want to carry out a task like this in your home. A painting company may use fans or heaters to help speed up the drying of the paint. The base coat is usually the lighter of the two colors that you have chosen, although this is not always the case.
Determine the Pattern Size
Once you’re convinced the base coat is thoroughly dry, it’s time to draw the layout. Start with vertical lines down the wall which will be spaced according to the width of the squares or diamonds. Making a straight line from top to bottom, each line spaced equal to the same width of the diamond.
Once completed, you are ready for horizontal lines. With the same spacing concept; these will be drawn across the full length of the wall. Separate the horizontal lines the same as the height of the squares or diamonds. Step back and you should see a special design of a rectangular grid across the entire wall.
For diamonds: Measure the rectangles and mark the center of each side. This will allow you to draw lines between the dots; making diamond shapes. Caution; don’t make the lines too dark we will be removing them later. Chalk may be best at this stage; as it is definitely the easiest to erase. Now the diamonds can be outlined with the Frog tape.
With your mini roller, paint the diamonds. After painting 1-2 coats dislodge the tape and look for any touch ups needed. Allowing the paint to thoroughly dry before attempting to remove the remaining lines.
For squares: You will use the identical method above with the exception of marking the center of the squares and drawing the additional lines. The original grid pattern will work fine for applying the square pattern.