A great way to bring some wow factor to a room is to add a feature wall. Follow Monarch’s Renew in 2 step-by-step instructions and create a sensational feature wall with this easy-to-follow Renew in 2 feature wall project. It only takes 2 products to transform your boring wall into a marvelous canvas that will bring maximum impact for minimum effort.
If you’re using water based paint soak your brush in an inch of water for 10-15min, then remove and spin in between your hands to remove excess water. If you’re using oil-based paint, follow the same steps using turps.
TIP: For DIYers we recommend using a 50mm or 63mm brush allowing easy control and greater efficiency for getting the job done.
Whether you’re using water-based or oil-based paints, rinse your roller in running water and run your hand up and down the roller to get rid of excess lint. Shake the roller. Attach the roller to the frame and spin it quickly off a wall or other flat surface to remove the extra water – just make sure it’s not the wall you’re about to paint!
Start by checking your walls for damage. If there are any cracks, leaks, mould, or other damage to your existing paint, consult a professional before continuing. If there are bubbles in the paint or areas where it has flaked away, sand them down so that the area is smooth. Once your surface is smoothed out, wipe it down with sugar soap to remove all traces of dust. Now you’re ready to paint.
Tape your skirting, fittings, and power points. Use a quality, wide painting tape to ensure a clean line between your ceilings and your walls. Tape in small sections, overlapping each piece of tape until you’ve gone all around the room. If you’re only painting one wall, tape all the way around the wall, including where it meets adjoining walls.
If your feature wall has alcoves, ensure to paint those first. Simply cut in with a Monarch 50mm brush and then roll with a 100mm SmartLock Foam Mini Roller (while the paint is still wet). Before applying the second coat on alcoves, let the first coat dry completely. Store your roller in the SmartLock storage container to keep the roller fresh in-between coats.
This involves painting a margin around the edges of the wall where the roller can’t go. Using a Monarch 50mm brush, paint away from the edge first rather than having a loaded brush against the painting tape. Then angle the brush along the tape so it is just the tip of the brush that is cutting in. With a quality brush, you can paint a little over the tape if you need to.
Load up your 9mm roller cover and begin, starting half a rollers’ width from the edge of the wall towards the middle, using a light-to-moderate pressure. Glide the roller up and down the wall from top to bottom. Keep your paint tray nearby for easy loading.
When the first coat of colour is dry, apply your second coat. Ensuring that each coat is completely dry before the next one goes on, means the new coat won’t pull up the old one and create bubbles in your surface.
Congratulations, you’re done! Make sure you wait until the paint is completely dry before putting your furniture back in place. In the meantime, scrape any leftover paint back into the tin for re-use. Wash your brushes and rollers thoroughly so you can use them for your next project. Remember to store your clean brushes and rollers in a dry area.