PAINT SCHEME INTERIOR


SMOOSHING


Before beginning your paint scheme interior start with the basics link. There you will learn information from safety to setup. The bold words represent areas of this site that will help you with your interior design paints and exterior projects. Some pages in the text have yet to be built so I apologize for any inconvenience. The blue links do work as do the red buttons by clicking HOME and then reading the text you'll hopefully find the product or information your looking for.


When ever I paint a new home the paint scheme interior I'm requested to do the most is smooshing. It's also the one that I find being done more and more by do it your selfers. The smooshing technique is a messy, easy faux to apply. Even so it can require another person helping for the job to go smoothly. This finish is popular do to its ease and can be compleated in a short amount of time. The wall design created also has the ability to not look dated like some faux techniques can. Doing this finish on your own is possible but you will need to work fast to keep from having the plastic stick to the walls. Maneuvering the large plastic sheet can also be a task when doing your paint scheme interior.


Prior to your paint scheme interior smooshing project spray two (3 X 3 Ft) pieces of cardboard with stain blocker. When there dry, brush both sides of each board with your chosen base colors (one light, one dark). Push sewing pins threw the corners. These will act as legs letting air flow past the upper and lower surfaces. Once dry use the steps below to drag the boards. Adding glaze to the paint lets it dry slower. Start with a cup of glaze add a half cup of paint (2 to 1 and 4 to one 1 are the usual smooshing solutions). When doing the walls you will need much more dilution mixed. Try not to run out otherwise it can be difficult to duplicate between mixtures. Follow the instructions below (with a smaller peice of platic) keep smooshing until you find the effect your looking for. Apply a successive dark to light or Light to dark accent color useing different dilutions. (I use dark to light). Make more test boards if need be. Keep track of the shades and techniques you use. A fauxed piece of cardboard won't look the same as an entire room but you'll get an idea of which process you like best. When smooshing a wall regularly step back a few feet to have a look at your handy work. This will help in assuring your paint scheme interior techniques are working properly.



TIME:
350 sq ft Paint scheme interior wall area per hour 75 % less time for the second coat. 400 sq ft per hour for the glaze.
TOOLS:
Drywall knife, caulk/gun, brush/cut can, ladder, roller/cage/pole/, tray/liner, drops, pencil, broom, measuring tape, two 3 ft by 3 ft sheets of thick cardboard sewing pins.
PRODUCTS:
Drywall mud, caulking, tray liners, tape, roll of plastic, spray can of stain blocker, cotton rag, rubber gloves, disposable clothes.
PAINT:
Primer if needed ( primer/sealer section)( 300 to 400 sq ft per gallon). Base coat (300 to 400 sq ft per gallon) 75% less for second coat. Complementing paint, color for accent (300 to 400 sq ft per gallon). Quart of glaze if needed. The amount of product for your paint scheme interior depends on the size of the room.
COST:
$100.00 (not including tools) 150 sq ft floor area. (Example bedroom 10 ft long by 15 ft wide.)


SMOOSHING


If you decide not to do the test boards above it should'nt be a problem. This paint scheme interior finish is a very strait forward prosess. Choosing to do the boards will help in deciding on colors. Follow the instructions in (ragging) to show you how to divide a wall for a border. You will also find more fauxing skills by reading the other faux finish pages on this site. Once the room has been set up and prepped out, asses the walls. See if they need a fresh base coat semigloss preferably. If the last coating is in poor condition or you need to apply the proper sheen then go ahead and cut and roll it on. Two coats if needed. When the wall is dry, set up your diluted accent color in a tray. I find a glaze works best for this technique. If you try a water mixture on your test boards and are not happy with the effect go ahead and use some glaze. Be sure tape is protecting any objects that you don't want painted. Light switches, doors, windows, baseboards corners etc. Put on some rubber gloves. Unroll the sheet to the length of the wall being smooshed. Plastic usualy comes on a five foot wide roll. You can save some money on your paint scheme interior by cutting it lengthwise. When unfolded (because its dubbled over) you'll have a sheet ten feet in width. You are only doing the bottom half of the wall so cut it at about five feet wide by a foot longer than the length of the room. Leave the plastic far enough away so you can start rolling your accent dilution up to the tape line (2" tape is best). Once the wall is quickly rolled work fast to lay the sheet of plastic on the wet wall. A person situated at each end should be able to quickly grab it (hold it like you are folding a flag) and walk towards the wall. Make sure you and your partner over lap the taped border line and protected base boards with plastic. Both you and your helper can begin lightly pressing and smothing the sheet to the wall. You want to have folds and creases not air bubbles. When a bubble occurs that you cant get out use a sharp utility knife and cut it open (be carefull not to slice the wall). Press out the air. After the plastic is laying crinkeled but flat to the surface you can take a break. Ok that's long enough back to work ( this is where my wife throws a brush at me). With a person at each end of the room gradualy take the sheet off. Do not drag the plastic upwords or downwords. Pull the sheet towards the floor as if you and your assistant where standing at eather end of a giant book. Pretend your both slowly turning a page at the same time. After the walls are dry you can apply your paper border (or other types see borders). If you matched colors from the paper to the base coat and accent dilution you should be quite happy with your chosen paint scheme interior decorating idea.


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