Cheery Pattern on a Fireplace Accent Wall

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Digital ImageIn this condo in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, the rest of the walls are white. This fireplace wall had been painted as an accent wall, a very dark brown. One of those ideas that sounds better than it actually plays out. The brown made the room dark and gloomy.

The homeowner chose this pretty pattern hoping it would brighten the room. The prep took a long time, because the walls had a very thick sand type texture. I scraped off what I could, then skim coated the walls with a smoothing compound. Then sat reading magazines for hours while it dried. Once it was dry, I sanded, vacuumed, wiped with a damp sponge, then primed.

I plotted to have the roundish motif at the top of the wall, and centered on the mantel. Coming around under the mantel was tricky, because the mantel was way not level, nor was the tile, so everything looked a little crooked. I did a few tricks and got everything to look relatively straight, and to match up correctly.

The finished wall did exactly what the homeowner wanted – it brightened the dark room, and also added color and personality and depth, all of which had been lacking with the plain brown paint.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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