Add Interest to a Dining Room & Create Wall Frames and Chair Rail
With company coming over in droves during the warmer season, focus on the most-used space in your home like the dining room or living room. Before you get out the paint brushes, decide on the color scheme for your project. Painting with tone-on-tone neutrals is a sophisticated option that will take you through all seasons. Shades of sands, beiges and whites will help your accessories and china stand out in a dining room and allows light to bounce off metallics. Or try grey as the "new neutral" and add an unexpected pop of your favorite color to add drama to your space.
Materials: ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock 2080-EL, paint brushes and/or roller, primer & paint
- Prep and Mask: Make sure the wall is clean and dry before masking painted trim and woodwork with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock 2080-EL. If your ceiling is smooth, mask it to prevent paint splashes. Do not mask textured ceilings.
- Paint Base Color: After masking, paint the wall the chosen base color. Keep in mind this will be the color of your chair rail and border frames.
- Create Chair Rail: Measure from the bottom of the floor up to mark a line at the desired height for the chair rail—this should be at actual chair height. Using a bubble level, pencil a line at the top edge of the chair rail. You can also use a laser level to get your starting line. Mask the chair rail line using ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock 2080-EL. The width of the tape you use will determine the thickness of the chair rail—consider 2" tape. You can also apply two strips of tape for a thicker chair rail.
- Center Frame: Find the center of your chair rail and measure down approximately 4" from the top of the ceiling. Make a mark. Using a level, draw a horizontal line centered on your wall and the desired width of your frame—leave room on each side. Measure approximately 4" up from the horizontal line and mark another horizontal line. Draw a straight vertical line on each side to create the frame.
- Upper Wall Frames: On the left side of the wall, measure approximately 4" from the top of the ceiling. Make a mark that's level with the top of the center wall frame. Using a level, draw a horizontal line to create the top of the rectangular wall frame. Your line should stop approximately 4" from the left side of the wall and 4" on the right side (next to the center wall frame). Next, measure 4" up from the top of the chair rail and make a mark. Draw a horizontal line (the same width of the top line, with approximately 4" on either side). Draw vertical lines on each side to create the rectangular wall frame. Repeat these steps to create a rectangular wall frame on the right side of the wall.
- Lower Wall Frames: Measure 4" down from the chair rail to mark the top horizontal line of the lower set of the rectangles. The vertical sides of the lower set of wall frames should align with the vertical sides of the upper wall frames. Measure the length of the sides; horizontal sides will be longer than vertical in both wall frames. Draw in both wall frames with a level for straight lines.
- Mask Wall Frames: Apply ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Edge-Lock 2080-EL over your marked dimensions. Use the tape size that corresponds with the desired border width of the frame (consider using a 1.5" width tape). Press the tape to secure it to the surface. Complete these steps for all marked wall frames.
- Paint Wall Frames: When masking is complete, you're ready to paint! Start by painting the outside of the wall frames with the chosen color.
- Let Dry & Admire: Wait 12-24 hours for the paint to dry. Remove tape and admire your new design.
How to Create a Fun-Filled Zebra Wall Panel
For a wild idea, paint zebra stripes on a board to create a cool piece of artwork. Basic black zebra stripes are fun paired with a bright background color. Or go to extreme and create colored stripes like gray and yellow. Here's how.
Materials: ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Original Multi-Surface 2090, paint, paint brushes, putty knife or 5-in-1 tool, utility or precision knife and a wood board
- Paint and Tape: Decide what color zebra stripes you'd like and purchase your desired colors. Keeping in mind that your base color will be the color of the stripe, not the background color, paint the board with the base color and let dry. Then apply your tape in diagonal stripes, pressing the tape down as you go, and leaving space in between the stripes. Try laying it down in a different direction in one of the corners for a more realistic look.
- Cut: Once your tape is laid down, cut off the edges of the tape in a random, wavy pattern using a utility or precision knife. Remove the cut edges so the remaining tape has a curvy edge.
- Paint: Paint over the entire board, including the tape, with your base color to seal the edges and let dry. After it has had ample time to dry, paint the entire board with your accent color. This will be the background color. Once dry pull the tape at a 45 degree angle and go wild for your stripes!
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