Saturday, January 19, 2013

En Suite Reno Part IV: Painting and a Herringbone Ceiling

Our half bath en suite is tiny, as you can see in our before pictures here.  So we needed a way to create the illusion of it being larger than it actually is.  We did this by painting a herringbone pattern on the ceiling.  We chose to do this on the ceiling to draw the eye up.


  • Paint (with built-in primer)
  • Painter's Tape
  • Ladder
  • Paint Tray
  • Rollers
  • Paint Brush
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stir sticks
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic Sheeting or Drop Cloths
  • Credit card or similar object

1.  Prep walls for painting by filling holes and wiping walls clean.  You can read more about that here.

2.  Remove switch plates and tape any trim and fixtures you do not want to paint.  Cover the floor with plastic sheeting or drop cloths if you don't want it to be damaged.

3.  Make sure paint is well mixed and pour into your paint tray.

4.  Using a paint brush, paint along all the trim and corners where the roller will not reach.  Hint:  Feather the paint away from the edge/corner you are painting so that it blends well when you use the roller to paint the walls.

5.  Using your roller, dip into paint tray and ensure that it is evenly coated.

6.  Roll paint onto walls with even pressure.  You will need to do 2-3 coats for even coverage, allowing time to dry in between coats.

To paint a herringbone pattern:

7.  Make sure your base colour is complete dry before you begin to mark your pattern (minimum of 24 hours).

8.  Using a pencil and measuring tape, mark your template.

9.  Tape your penciled template.  Hint:  Use a good quality tape; this really makes a difference.

10.  Go over your tape with a firm flat edged object (like a credit card) to make sure that paint won't bleed.

11.  Paint over your taped stencil with the same base colour that is already on the wall.  That way if this first coat bleeds, it will still be the same colour.

12.  When that coat is dry to the touch, paint over it with your next fill colour.  You will likely need to do 2 coats.

13.  Once you have applied your final coat of paint, peel the tape off carefully without allowing the paint time to dry.  Hint:  Do not let your last coat dry or you may end up peeling the paint along with the tape.

14.  Enjoy your finished project!

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