How to paint a Mural

If you plan to paint a mural using acrylics, this blog post will answer a few of your questions.

  • What type of paint should I use to paint a mural?
  • What other materials do I need to paint a mural?
  • How do I prepare a wall before painting a mural on it?

When you paint a mural, you’ll have two distinct stages of painting, just as when you paint on canvas: first you’ll create an under painting to block in main areas of colour and outline the general composition, and then you’ll paint in the details.

To paint large blocks of colour use interior household paint. Painting large blocks of colour with latex paint is more economical than trying to cover the entire wall with artist quality acrylics. You will get better coverage from interior household paint and save yourself a ton of money.

Interior household paint comes in different sheens: flat, low sheen, satin and semi-gloss. An eggshell sheen works best for murals. Avoid satin or semi-gloss sheens, because they are too shiny. The flat sheen is also not ideal as it cannot be scrubbed. Low Sheen is just right because it can be cleaned and accepts layers of paint on top of it.

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For the detailed sections on your mural, use tubes and jars of artist-quality acrylics and proceed just as if you were painting on canvas.

Other materials you’ll need to paint a mural

Paintbrushes: You’ll need a variety of paintbrushes, from small to wide. The sizes you’ll need will largely depend on the amount of detail you’ll be painting. For covering large areas with paint, use wide brushes – 1″, 2″ and 3″ wide brushes. You can use a 4″ brush, if you have a lot of space you want to fill in quickly with a single colour. For smaller detailed areas, use an array of round brushes in different sizes.

Primer/Sealer: Just as you would prime a canvas before painting on it, you should prime a wall before painting a mural. The primer will create a smooth, even surface that will readily accept acrylic paint.

Paint Tray and Roller: If you are going to cover wide areas with a single colour, consider pouring your paint into a paint tray and using a roller to apply the paint to the wall. This will save you a lot of time.

Painter’s Tape: You’ll need tape for adhering a protective covering on the floor. The best tape to use is a painters’ tape, because it is easy to remove.

Palette: Once you’re ready to paint in the details, you’ll need a palette upon which to mix your paints.

Newspaper or Plastic /Canvas Drop Cloth: Spread newspaper or a plastic tarpaulin on the floor where you will be painting, and use the painters’ tape to secure it to the base boards.

Apron or old clothes: As you learn how to paint a mural, you’ll discover that painting walls is messy. Be sure to dress appropriately or wear the proper protection.

Cup for water: You’ll need a sturdy cup to hold the water that you’ll dip your brushes into for rinsing and cleaning.

A bottle of clean water: In addition to water for your brushes, a separate bottle of clean water is handy to keep on standby if you accidentally spill paint.

Paper towels and/or old rags: Paper towels and old rags are essential for cleaning up spills.

Stool or stepladder: For reaching the high parts of the wall.


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Happy Painting!


Using colour therapy in your bedroom

Want a good night’s sleep?

There are many little things that you can do to ensure you get your much needed rest, such as painting your bedroom walls the right colour. Find out which colours to use in your bedroom to help you relax and recharge after a busy, stressful day.

The right “colour therapy” in the bedroom will make a visible difference to your day and life.



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People with blue bedroom walls tend to get the best night’s sleep and wake up feeling positive and happy. This is due to the calming, cooling and relaxing qualities of blue, which are said to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and help combat headaches. Choose sky blues or navy blues. Electric blues are more rejuvenating and invigorating.



White is associated with peace and tranquillity. Its simplicity helps to clear the mind and refresh the soul. Avoid very bright whites which can lead to headaches. Choose soft whites which are very relaxing and calming for the mind, body and soul.



Green is a balancing colour that soothes and relaxes us both physically and mentally. There are so many shades of green – bright greens are invigorating. Soft and dull greens like moss green or olive green are recommended for the bedroom to make it more calming and relaxing.



Pink is emotionally soothing and calming. It relieves the feeling of loneliness and depression and brings an air of optimism and happiness. Choose this colour for your bedroom to create a positive atmosphere.



Yellow is a bright, uplifting colour which also stimulates the mind. This is a popular colour for the bedroom as it creates a great space illusion. But, too much yellow will have your mind working overtime, so it might be best to stick to soft buttery tones if you want to get more rest.

Colours can also be added to your bedroom with furniture, decor accessories and bed linen to complement the colour of your walls. Happy Painting.


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The most versatile shades for your kitchen

The kitchen is not just that room in the house where the food is cooked. It is the most essential room in a home as families spend most of their waking time in the kitchen and since it is the most used room, choosing the right colour is important.

Instead of choosing dark, dramatic colours which might become overwhelming in a few months, a simple, bright, yet comforting colour can make your kitchen the best room in your home.

Do not forget to take into consideration the availability of light that can change the appearance of your kitchen in major ways.



What can be more comforting than the colour white? Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern one, the colour white results in perfection every time.

There are endless possibilities for one to explore with home décor like crockery, jars, curtains, chairs, blinds and so much more as everything goes great with white.



Ivory is the best alternative for white. It is equally soothing and bright and will make your kitchen look fresh and clean. Ivory also complements easily with most home décor choices and so it is a safe bet.

If you worry about white being too stark then, ivory should be your next choice.


Grey is the most underestimated versatile colour in the palette and should be a popular choice for your kitchen if you have enough natural light to boast of.  Grey can be combined with red, green or yellow for a bit of contrast.


Add shades of green to give your kitchen a sophisticated look. You can do this with a mint or turquoise green feature wall.  This adds drama without becoming too overwhelming.

Another way to get a contemporary look for your kitchen is to have green walls with wooden cabinets.



Yellow in all shades are a welcome choice for kitchens as yellow perks you up and makes waking up to a cuppa in the kitchen an easy choice.

Since yellow is pretty neutral it can be used on all the walls and it will complement beautifully with most kitchen cabinets like bright white or light and dark wooden ones.


Happy Painting!

Use a roller like a pro

Streaks, drips, and roller lines are signs of a paint roller used improperly. Nothing can be more frustrating and disappointing when you are trying to get the job done fast and right.

How can you achieve a professional, beautiful, smooth finish? Read these tips on how to use a paint roller like a pro!


We can’t stress enough the importance of working with good quality painting tools. Don’t be tempted to purchase a bargain paint roller to save a few dollars.

Remove any loose fibres from your roller prior to use. Dabbing painters tape against the roller cover is an easy way to remove any extra fibres.

Roll your roller into the paint tray multiple times until the roller is completely coated. A properly loaded paint roller should have an even coverage of paint. It should not drip when moved or require much pressure to transfer paint onto the wall. Working in a ‘W’ pattern, roll paint onto your wall in two to three foot length sections. Shift your pattern to fill in the unpainted areas, overlapping the edges of your previously painted section slightly. Repeat until your wall is covered.

If your project requires more than one can of the same paint colour, mix the remaining paint from your first can into your second to keep the colour consistent.

Always have a damp cloth on hand while painting to quickly clean up any spills or splatters.

Start at the top of your wall and work down.

Avoid applying pressure to the roller when painting. Pressing the roller firmly against the wall will lead to ridges along the edges of your roller lines. If you find yourself pressing harder to get paint on the wall, it is time to reload your roller.

If you find you have tramlines in the area you have just painted, with a fairly empty roller, go over this area, but only roll one way to remove the excess paint and tramlines.

Happy Painting!

How to avoid exterior paint disasters

Cooler and colder weather is soon going to set it and this might be the best time as any to start and complete your outdoor painting projects.

Go about them the right way and you’ll be treated to years of problem-free paint. Here’s our advice.

home-1689859_960_720Properly prepare the surface. Good surface preparation is essential if you want to avoid cracks, blistering, flaking and peeling paint. Before you apply the finish coat, make sure the exterior surface is clean and sound, with no loose or peeling paint, and prime any and all bare or unpainted wood or metal. All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, etc. Loose, powdery or chalky surfaces should be brushed down thoroughly and sealed with a solvent based primer e.g. Deluxe Coatings Super Seal.

Invest in our top quality Acrylic Based Exterior Coatings. Assuming that the surface has been properly prepared, the best protection against bad paint jobs is to use a top quality Acrylic Based Coating. This type of paint adheres well to the surface, yet is flexible enough to expand and contract with temperature variations making it extremely tough, durable, and long lasting. Investing in top quality paint is not as expensive.

Visit our store to get the quality exterior paints. Deluxe Coatings exterior paints are suitable for use on multiple types of surfaces including gyprock, hardwall plaster, brick, cement, cement render, galvanised iron and timber.

The best quality painting tools allow you to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint, offering maximum protection from weather woes. Choose brushes with split bristles of multiple lengths that are packed tightly together. And, when working with acrylic paint, be certain to use brushes and rollers made of synthetic material, which will hold their shape better.

Paint only in moderate weather conditions. Most coatings form the best protective film when it isn’t too cold or too hot outside, and when the wind isn’t excessive. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.

Happy Painting!


Create a soothing bathroom

After a long day at work most people look forward to coming home and unwinding with a nice, warm bath or shower before bed. How would you describe your bathroom? Is it a peaceful retreat you crave after a tough day?

If your answer is no, let us show you how using the right colours, you can turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.

There are plenty of colour options that set the mood for relaxation.

Green & White

Sage green is a great choice in bathroom colours as it captures the feeling of the outdoors. Add some white with touches of warm wood grain on the flooring to bring the green wall/s to life. If you enjoy spending lots of time in nature, a woodsy colour scheme will be just right for your bathroom.


Blue & Cream

If you love the ocean then this would be a natural colour choice. Blue accent walls are reminiscent of oceans and clear skies and they go perfectly with cream-coloured walls to create a nice balance.

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Nature-themed colour schemes aren’t the only good option if you’re looking to transform your bathroom into a relaxing environment. Walls painted a soft lavender are a soothing choice that add that feminine touch.



If pastels aren’t your first love, grey is a beautiful neutral colour that feels both sophisticated and relaxing.


Additional tips to make your bathroom your daily haven:

Don’t strain your eyes under bright bulbs. Lighting that may be perfect for getting ready in the morning is too bright for when you want to unwind. Consider installing dimmer switches.

While you’re picking out candles for your bath tub, don’t just opt for essential oils like lavender or chamomile but also a few in a scent that you fancy like chocolate or strawberry.

If your bathroom has natural light consider bringing in a plant or two. If you can’t have a plant in your bathroom, artwork showcasing nature is a great way to incorporate elements of nature into your space.

Happy Painting!

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How paint colour can change the perceived size of a room

Paint colour selection is extremely important as far as creating a feel or atmosphere in a particular room. That’s part of the reason colour section is so important, as it can be the difference between a room feeling comfortable or cramped.

Additionally, certain colours and lighting can give a room the appearance of being much larger or smaller than it is.

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A common homeowners’ peeve is decorating a small room in a way that makes it feel bigger. Generally, cool, light tones and shades are the way to go, not only because they make the best use of natural light, but because they have a receding quality that visually open a room up. Thus it is recommended that in smaller rooms, you maximise natural light as much as possible and avoid using multiple shades of paint. Using just one is ideal as it makes it difficult for the eyes to recognise the room’s edges.

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Sometimes large, long rooms can look boring and lifeless with long expanses of wall in one shade. Picking the right colours can help. Darker colours and warm shades on the most remote and distant wall can have an effect of making it seem much closer, especially if the walls adjacent (the longer walls) are painted in lighter colours.

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To make a low ceiling seem higher we suggest using the same bright colours on the walls and ceiling. This has an optical effect of blurring the lines somewhat between where the wall ends and the ceiling begins.

If you need more help on choosing the right colours for your space, we are happy to provide you with advice. Drop in to our store for a chat with a paint expert.


Happy Painting!


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How To Choose The Right Paint Colour

Are you contemplating painting your home, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Painting a house, a room, or even a single wall, is an easy DIY project to instantly give your home a fresh facelift. But, before you pick up a paint brush or step foot into our store, there are a few fundamental things to consider. Allow us to show you how to choose a paint colour you will love, that is perfect for your home.

Deluxe Coatings has hundreds of colours to choose from, and deciding on the right one can be a daunting task. Ask yourself these basic questions.

  1. Do you want your room to have a warm or cool vibe?
  2. Do you want your room to have an accent wall?
  3. Do you want to play it safe with subtle, classic neutrals?
  4. Do you want to stick with the current colour trends of 2017?
  5. Do you want a complete makeover or just a freshen up?


First consider your furniture and decor. The tone of your flooring and other architectural elements like fireplaces or pillars and fixtures like cupboards or cabinets in your room should greatly affect the colour you choose for your walls.

For example: If you have dark wood floors, we advice a lighter tone on your walls to keep your space feeling bright, large and open. If you have light flooring, tiles or carpets, we say add some contrast with darker tones. Avoid matching colours for your walls and décor so that your space doesn’t become flat.

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Consider each of your rooms as part of the same home rather than separate units. Keep your colour palette consistent. This doesn’t mean that every wall in your house should be painted the same colour but that the colours you choose should be part of a cohesive palette and should work in harmony. Choose colours from the same family.

If you have or desire feature walls, then opt for similar but slightly lighter colours in adjacent rooms to create a seamless transition between spaces.


Rooms with large windows that allow abundance of natural light in are every home owners’ dream. When choosing your shade, for bright rooms it is safe to say that the paint colour will likely look just as it is on the paint swatch in our store.

If however, you aren’t lucky with natural lighting in your home, remember that light bulbs can often affect the undertones of your paint colour. Test a sample of the colour of your choice on a wall in each room and observe it over various times throughout the day to see how each lighting scenario affects the colour. This is your surest test for colour.


Happy Painting!


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How to paint streak-free doors

Getting your doors to look streak-free requires a lot of practice but after a few attempts you’ll realise nothing is impossible.


Use a mini foam roller to apply the paint instead of a brush. With a roller, you will get a nice smooth finish and no visible brush strokes.

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Be generous with the paint on the roller and start with the raised sections on the door. Roll from left to right on the cross sections and up to down on the sides.


Use long strokes.  Apply even pressure throughout.


For the inside panels, begin with the bevelled edges. Run the roller into the bevels to coat them, and then roll over them (with no paint on the roller) to smooth out any uneven marks. Move the roller across the interior panels from left to right.


Go one panel at a time (starting with the raised parts and ending with the inside panels) so that everything gets as evenly rolled as possible.


After one coat, you will see some unevenness.


After the second coat, you will find no brush markings or streaks in the finish, and the door looks even from all sides.


Happy Painting!


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