How to create a diamond dado paint effect
Create the look of textured wallpaper with this easy techique.
Get the look of textured wallpaper by painting a wall then applying glaze to the base with cheesecloth.
Working from the dado rail to the skirting, mark and mask off diagonal lines with painter’s tape, pressing the edges with a putty knife to seal.
To make the glaze, mix one part paint to three parts extender.
Apply a coat of glaze using a paintbrush, pouncing it with cheesecloth.
Let it dry then apply a second coat with the cheesecloth to get a mottled effect.
Cheesecloth is cotton fabric with a loose weave available from fabric stores. Used with paint it creates a finish like paper or fabric. You can also use any lint-free material, like an old T-shirt twisted up for texture.
Cut a 750mm piece of cheesecloth and dampen it with water then lightly bunch it up to use for painting.
TIP: To add a dado rail, secure trim to the wall at a height of about 900mm.