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painting and decorating question ..

in our kitchen at the moment we have bare walls apart from 3 rows of ceramic tiles near the cooker, dh is in a decorating mood so i need to take advantage of it lol i need cheap and cheerful ideas, we have paint, magnolia and white ..

dh says put wallpaper in there but im a little concerned it will peel with the steam etc

eventually it will be tiled, but just for now i need some advice / tips

our kitchen is teeny tiny about 8ft x 5ft

thanks all


Asked by san78 at 2:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Paint it for now. Wallpaper will peel & it's a pain to remove later. You could stencil a pretty vine or other detail on after he paints. Go to the craft store, they sell all kids of things to accent walls with.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 2:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I'd paint it to look like tile. It's really simple and fast to do. You need 3 complimentary colours of paint including one neutral that 'goes' with the rest of your kitchen, and thin (1/4") and thick (2") painter's tape, some largish natural sponges and if you don't like getting paint out from under your fingernails, some latex or poly gloves.

    This assumes you already have the wall painted the colour you want the grout to be, and it's 'cured' enough to not peel off with painter's tape --a few days at least.

    Tape the area to be painted --use the 2" to surround the area, so counters and cupboards and other walls don't get painted if you don't want them painted, then use the 1/4" tape to make 'tiles' whatever size you want them to be --I like 4x4" tile for a small area, but you can go completely nuts and do 1" or 16" (use slightly wider 'grout' tape for larger tile).


    Answer by LindaClement at 2:10 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

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    Make sure the tape edges are well pressed down (run a fingernail along them) so the paint doesn't bleed.

    Pour all three paint colours into a paper or tinfoil plate and using the sponge to pick up a bit of each colour smudge them a little onto a piece of paper and then dab all over the wall, avoiding using lines or making patterns, until the wall is as 'tiled' as you want it to look.

    It helps the look (and uses less paint) if you use the wall colour as one of the tile colours... then it makes the grout look like it was tinted to match, which is pretty swish. If you have real tile close to it, ensure you don't attempt to match it at all... tilt the grout lines on a different angle (straight across or 45* angle), don't match the size of the real tiles, and use a different colour grout --look for contrast.

    Greys make nice 'tumbled marble' look, and beiges look like sandstone...

    If you hate it, repaint it.

    Answer by LindaClement at 2:16 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Paint!! Wallpaper will peel and turn nasty.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:38 PM on Dec. 30, 2010