Divide the wall in two with the horizon
We’ve bought a small wooden bower. An old one, 80 years or like so. And a design project would cost twice more. Wallpapers is not our theme, so we decided to use a template to draw a city horizon on the hall walls. So that it was quick and nice.
We used these materials:
• city horizon template;
• spray glue.
• painting tape;
• foam paint roller and painting tray;
• carpenter level (useful, but not obligatory);
• water-based paint of two matching colours, of light and dark shades.
Remove old wallpaper and paint. Take all wires, switches and sockets away. Actually, one should prime the wall, but we’re not proud people, and the house is not a palace
Apply the template to the wall and mark the upper level of the pattern with a 1 cm allowance — this would be the highest roof.
Draw the top line according to the roof’s highest point — use the carpenter level for that. You can do without the level, but then you’ll need to mark several points measuring them from the floor / ceiling and over them with the line.
Paint the wall down starting from the line with the dark colour. The upper part of the wall is painted with the light colour. We did it all spontaneously not pretending to make something exclusive.
We waited for 15 minutes until the paint got dry, took the level in hands again. Beforehand, we had attached five pieces of the painting tape to the edges of the pattern and stick it directing the template’s bottom toward the line.
Apply the template to the wall having sprayed it with glue.
Take the roller and paint the template white. See that the roller was dry, otherwise paint would run! Be careful when painting the bottom of the template so that not to get onto the painted wall.
Move and attach the template forward to go on with the pattern. Stick the tape over the painted pattern to connect the two images.
Paint the second pattern white. Make sure that the roll is not overfilled with paint; at first, roll the upper part of the image to remove extra paint, then continue with the rest of the pattern.
If you remove the template and see faults and gaps, fix them with a simple brush.
Finally, we’ve spent one hour on 5 square meters of a unique painting which couldn’t be found in any of the houses nearby. It’s not like buying wallpapers in the same shop… Not mentioning that wallpapers are much expensive.
But that is not all. We used the same set for other walls and spaces over doors and windows. We painted an inverse thing over a door and it was even simpler: painted the wall light and covered with a darker colour.
And decorated the gate.
To sum up, we’ve spent 2000 rubles per 20 square meters. It’s 100 rubles per meter. Quite cheap for an exclusive decor!