Last Friday’s post sent emails a-flashing in the background here. Apparently not only are lacquered wall hot right now, they are also by most people’s opinion, the hardest wall treatment to get it just right. There are different options, however, that might not be ideal, but will give you some bang for your effort buck.
Option 1: Add Swirls
Marty from A Stroll Thru Life added texture over her imperfectly lacquered walls and came up with a texture that she found was quite pleasant. Sorry, no pictures.
“What I used was just a water based semi gloss poly that I got at the hardware store. This was several years ago, but I know there are a lot of products out there. I don't have an exact product name. We used a large brush and applied it in a swirl pattern on the wall. We practiced on a board first to get the pattern that was pleasing to us and then just went for it. We had already painted the wall, so this was an attempt to salvage it, and the result was really pleasing. I know you see a lot of cross hatching, however, I didn't like the effect of that, so we just applied it in a swirl pattern. I've even seen them do similar things on HGTV with a rag and swirl it around. Sorry I'm not more help than this. My painter also suggested that we could tape it off and do a strip in the gloss and this would help to camouflage the imperfections in the wall, however, if the gloss hit a spot that wasn't perfect, it just seemed to enhance the imperfections. The swirl pattern just gave the overall appearance of sort of clouds if you can picture what I mean. Hope this helps.”
Option 2: Add Stripes or Patterns to Minimize the Impact of a Imperfection
- “Measure the stripes with metric. It's easier to divide and is smaller increments than inches.
- After you tape off the stripes, seal the edge of the tape ( inside the stripe) with either a fast drying glaze ( like they sell at HD) or the base color. This provides a barrier for the stripe color that prevents feathering and leaking under the tape- a real bummer when you remove the tape.
- I usually use the same paint color in a semi-gloss or gloss rather than a gloss poly- it looks richer. “
Option 3: Apply a Similar Treatment
If you have textured wall, like I do, there is a treatment that is quite pleasing. Of course you will not get the watery feel of a truly lacquered wall, but the effect of being enveloped in a gorgeous casing, like my friend Splenderosa so beautifully puts it: “it is like being inside a jewel box”. This is a closeup of our WC walls. Multiple shades emphasize the imperfections and the glossy paint adds a touch of glamour to the treatment.
If you would like to see the actual how to on lacquered wall, please go visit the pro. Ann has written a post on it today over at Rose et Lis.