Interior design can often be a bit of a tough nut to crack, quite difficult to get it looking perfectly, but so easy to get it wrong. It’s time consuming, expensive and often takes a bit of specialist knowledge. So if you want a spruced up, unique living room, what do you do? Spring for an expensive designer to come in and do it all for you?
Well, if you’ve got money to burn, feel free. So where does that leave us mere mortals then? Do we head on over to Ikea and get the same as everybody else? Yes, you could do that.
You could take the hassle out of decor with WoodUbend, let’s run through a quick, easy but effective interior design project I completed in less than a day!
A put together a plan – a two-coloured wall separated with some WoodUbend and raised stencilling – and got to work.
I had already created some knee-height wall panels for some projects earlier. I was happy with them, but they didn’t really scream subtle interior design to me so first thing was first – I painted over them! Yes, I can hear the uproar, all that time wasted just to cover it in a dark grey paint, just bear with me.
The dark section of my wall would be intersected by the wide floral 0118(IE) trim acting as a dado rail, some raised stencilling, another 0118(IE) trim and then a lighter grey. This meant that I didn’t have to be too neat with my lines when I was painted, as the trim was being stuck over it, at over 6cm wide, I had a fair bit of room to play with.
See, I told you interior design doesn’t have to be super precise with WoodUbend.
Next up on my interior design escapade, WoodUbend! As I was painting the dado rail-cum-trim with Dixie Belle I could pre-paint it prior to heating and bending. This is because Dixie Belle paints are flexible and will bend with the moulding rather than crack like a tight, inflexible paint would do.
As a messy painter, this was a win for me as it meant, again, I wasn’t having to be super precise. Interior design isn’t looking like an esoteric art form now is it?!
Admittedly, I did glue my first trim on bare and painted in situ, this left some touch up work where it had dripped down onto the bottom…lesson learned I suppose.
Right, onto the next stage of my quick, easy, interior design project – the stencilling! Choosing the right stencil and medium to work with caused a bit of a headache, but I eventually landed on the Tropical Leaves Posh Chalk Stencil along with the Pearl Silver Posh Chalk Metallic Paste. I elected for the paste as it’s designed with raised stencilling in mind andI thought the silver would stand out enough to be noticeable, but not enough to become gaudy. The Tropical leaves caught my eye because – well it’s fun!
Spraying the back of my stencil with a little spray mount and securing in place with some low tack tape meant the likelihood of the stencil moving and ruining my design was low. This was particularly important as I was working on a vertical surface, so it wouldn’t take much for my stencil to shift. Next up, I lined it up with my trim and got to work.
As the Tropical Leaves Posh Chalk Stencil, like many others in that range, is a repeating pattern, it meant that all I had to do was line my stencil up and repeat.
Once I’d finished the stencilling it was time to adhere the pre-painted 0118(IE) trim, I’d chose to apply my wood glue directly onto the surface – and remember, you do need a good quality wood glue to adhere WoodUbend properly. Applying on the surface simply made it easier work with as I could keep most of my trim coiled up until it was time to use it.
As the wall was longer than 2.2m (the length of the trim) it meant I had to do a bit of lining up. Normally in interior design projects you’d be getting your calculator out to work out your angles and whatnot…not this time though. All you have to do is match up the pattern on the trim, slice where the pattern meets and carry on. A good bit of glue and heat is needed to stick the two ends together, but once their painted it is almost invisible.
Once the trim was down, my aforementioned bare trim was painted, the resulting splashes cleaned up the wall was finished! Interior design, in a fraction of the time and cost!
Now, if you’re like me and are a really busy person who doesn’t have the time to sit and read the blog – check out the YouTube video of how the wall came together: