DIY M.C. Escher Inspired Tutorial for a Cube Tessellations wall

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. For all the fans of Escher, here’s a DIY paint tutorial to bring his tessellations to your house.

If this kind of project is new to you, it may seem overwhelming to start on the wall directly. We suggest scaling the cubes pattern down into a notebook first. Create a grid of squares lightly and draw the cubes pattern accordingly over the grid using vertices and the squares for measurement.

Create a grid of squares on your wall using painters tape. Use a blade to cut out portions to create your cube. Using a lighter coloured tape around the edges will help. The tape should go on the outer border of the area you are painting for a clean finish when you take off the tape. Make sure the edges line up properly.

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Continue adding the cubes and cutting out the excess tape from the pattern with your blade. Use the lighter tape vertically stacked next to each other to create the shading lines on the cube. Make sure the cubes do not have the grid lines inside them before you start adding the lighter tape or paint.

 After you are satisfied with the taping process, its time to start painting. Use your choice of colour to replicate your Escher pattern and takes off the tape once the paint dries. Enjoy your feature wall!

Happy Painting!

DIY: Summer Outdoor Furniture Painting

Summer is the best time to give your outdoors a splash of paint that will bring life to your mornings!
What you will need
  1. A paint calculator – Get in touch for estimates and creating customs shades at Deluxe Coatings.
  2. A sealing agent or primer
  3. Paints – Matt Acrylic or Gloss Acrylic (washable)
 Here are 13 easy DIY projects that you can do today to transform your outdoors!

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Christmas Decor Ideas for Different Wall Colours

Your house might currently be painted in shades other than the usual white. Considering the traditional Christmas palette of deep reds and greens, chances are, you are out looking for the best way to complement your wall colour with the right decor. We have gathered a couple of ideas for you!

  1. White Walls
    For the most traditional wall colour, the best Christmas decor is the traditional palette but you can get creative by picking modern pieces that have an artistic flare. A white wall is the perfect canvas for Christmas decor creativity!

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  2. Off-white and Cream Walls
    Pastel, softer shades of blue can bring out a sense of unity in your decor. Alternatively, you can complement your cream walls with golden and brown decor with bursts of white to balance everything.

  3. Orange Walls
    Orange is a very energetic colour and can be a challenge when it comes to matching decor. To match the energy of orange, use artistic sketches that show movement, and scarlet reds with ample amount of white space for your Christmas decor.

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  4. Green Walls
    Dark green walls will highlight metallic whites and golden hues, while lighter greens go best with white minimalist decor. For lime green, try using wooden decor that can be complemented with deep reds and dark greens.

  5. Pink Walls
    Red and green decor may look out of place for pink walls. Your safest bet would be to use pink matt and metallic decor accompanied by golden or silver ornaments and lighting.

  6. Yellow Walls
    Like orange, yellow is a vibrant energetic shade. However, yellow goes well with greens and reds, making your scope of choice very wide. As yellow resembles the rays of the sun, using natural elements like branches and foliage will add appeal to your decor.

  7. Blue Walls
    Blue is associated with water and serenity. A mix of natural wooden elements with silver, white and reflecting-mirror decor can be explored.

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  8. Brown Walls
    For shades of brown with undertones of pink, white decor will stand out the most accompanied by candle-light.

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  9. Grey Walls
    Use minimal decor for most impact with a grey wall. For darker shades, use whites and silver and for lighter shades, use dark grey and yellow lights with massive bursts of white that will blend well.

  10. Red Walls
    Red walls can complement both bold, contrasting whites as well as a complementary golden yellow.

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  11. Purple Walls
    Purple is a magnificent colour and should be decorated accordingly. Use heavy patterned decor and a lot of whites with glittering silvers. Try to reduce the greens and red as much as possible.

Happy decorating. Have a Merry Christmas!

Leftover Paint? 10 Easy, Creative Projects to use ‘em up.

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You just finished your renovation project or you know someone who did. Expectedly, you might have extra leftover paint. If you do not have the right storage options or space, here’s how you can finish up those cans efficiently.

  1. Stencils
    Buy a decorative stencil and create beautiful patterns across your walls. Read our tutorial on how to use stencils here.

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  2. Accent walls
    Make one of your walls stand out by creating patterns or painting them with a contrasting shade. Here’s how you can create a feature wall.

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  3. Dresser
    Renovate your dresser or other small cabinets with a splash of paint. Use a colour that stands out from your wall or blends in gently and adorn the furniture with high contrast decor.

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  4. Doors
    Use your extra paint to give your doors a vibrant look, followed by a high gloss varnish.

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  5. Frames
    Creating matt finish frames that can be used as decor without photographs.

  6. Wooden textures
    Use leftover High Gloss Varnish on old, wooden furniture to make them stand out.

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  7. Painted lamps
    Use gloss enamel paints for old lamps that will add colour to your room.

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  8. Tiny decor
    Re-touch tiny decor with vibrant colours!

  9. Get creative
    Find things around your house and garden that you can get creative with.

  10. Donate
    Still got paint left? Donate it.

 

Happy Painting!

DIY Tutorial for Piet Mondrian Inspired De Stijl Wall

Are you a huge fan or Piet Mondrian’s work? You might not be able to get your hands on an actual Mondrian, but the best way to appreciate the legendary artist’s work is to create a personalized mural inspired by his work. You do not need an art degree to get this done in your house, today and maybe right away! Here’s how you can bring home De Stijl  !

Prep your wall

Remove furniture from the room before you start to dust and clean the walls. For most surfaces, use a towel or a vacuum cleaner. Scrape any cracked or flaking paint with a paint scraper and plaster bumps with sandpaper. A high-quality primer will help to hide any small imperfections on walls. Use a good water-based primer on new drywall. Choose an oil-based primer for walls that have heavy stains from water or smoke damage, or if the wall has panelling. Use painter’s tape to cover off any parts that you might spill paint on.

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The Palette

Purchase good quality white, red, blue, yellow and black paint. You can reach out to us at Deluxe Coatings to find the right combination for your wall and the right amount of paint you will need. For the closest finish to a Piet Mondrian, we suggest painting your wall with a fresh coat of white first.

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Draw lines and paint in the blocks

Draw light reference lines and use painters tape to cover the lines. Start with yellow, then red and then blue. Paint blocks on your wall and use a reference image to help you out. Plan out your white space wisely and in advance.  Go over with as many coats as necessary for a good finish.

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The Black Lines

After your paint has dried, pull out your initial tape. You will have clean lines/gaps, separating your blocks. Carefully tape the edges of the painted blocks with painters tape, so only the separating lines/gaps is exposed. Paint black in these spaces. Make sure your paints are thick enough to not bleed or drip into each other

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Happy Painting!