|Sample wall in Back Hall|
Now the biggest "trick" of all! The reason for the snap shot. I took this snapshot to send to a friend who is a master in decorative painting. As I was studying (well admiring it if I am being totally honest) it on my computer I noticed that I don't have the grey edges feathered in well, it looks fake. Since then I have taken an artist brush dipped in the top coat to lightly feather the edges in making it look more natural. (Can't photograph the final look yet because camera and computer situation I blogged about earlier). Sometimes your eye just doesn't catch those details until you take a photograph. You will see professionals constantly doing this while they are staging a shoot. Snapshots will show you details you might easily miss. I strongly suggest this when you are decorating an area or painting a decorative finish. It can be very revealing! It makes the difference between a professional and amateur job.
I can't' wait to show you the after photograph! I have had lots of unsolicited comments about how pretty this "old" plaster wall is! No one knows it is new! I have started repainting all the walls in my back hall, yes the one I have given sneak peaks of already! Yes I am repainting it after one week. Yes my style has changed in one week, well I have refined it! That happens to us decorators, too! It happens I just go with it! I don't lament over the time I spent or money I spent (I usually am on the cheap anyway), I paint, grow, and I move on. Think a life lesson just might be tucked in there, too!
I should note that the prep makes all the difference. Don't skimp ever on prep. Make sure to tape off the areas, too! Very important when dry brushing! You are not "cutting in" like straight painting and it can get messy at the edges. Clean the walls and use TSP to knock any dirt, gloss off existing paint, grease and grime. It makes all the difference! I promise! It is probably the least fun, most often overlooked, step that many people don't want to take the time to do (I understand that the desire for the finished product is intoxicating) but it is critical in achieving the best look possible. Don't skimp or skip prep! EVER, EVER, EVER!