Get it right with glitter paint and the results can be genuinely impressive. Traditionally used only when looking to create a popcorn ceiling effect, glitter wall paint is now available in an endless variety of colors and styles. Though it’s not the kind of paint you’re likely to apply to every wall across your entire home, glitter paint can be superb when used to create eye-catching features and accents across countless interior spaces.
A combination of care and creativity will help ensure you put glitter paint to the best possible use around your home. If struggling for inspiration, you need only carry out a quick online image search to see exactly how savvy DIY-types worldwide are putting glitter paint to good use. But as this isn’t what you’d call an ‘ordinary’ paint in the traditional sense, it’s worth bearing a few important tips in mind, before getting started.
So if looking to add if touch of sparkle to your interiors, here’s how to go about the job like a pro:
Clean The Wall Thoroughly
As is the case with all examples of interior painting, successful finishes begin with focused preparation. You’ll need to ensure that the entire wall you intend to paint has been cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom. Don’t get carried away with the moisture as you don’t want to end up saturating your walls. Instead, approach the job gently and carefully, ensuring everything is sufficiently clean and dry, before going ahead.
Using Glitter Paint
There are several techniques for effectively applying glitter to interior walls. Perhaps the most obvious of which being to use a specially designed glitter paint, which already has glitter in it. When using glitter paint, you need to make sure that the entire batch is extremely well stirred and mixed, in order to avoid unsightly clumps of glitter forming when applied to the walls. When going about the painting, you’ll want to use a high-quality brush and run it through the paint several times over, in order to evenly disperse the glitter on the surface.
Apply Glitter After
There’s also the option of grabbing yourself a glitter spray and spraying it on to the standard paint of your choosing. This can be highly effective, though does have the potential to get rather messy. Timing is also of critical importance, as you’ll need to spray the glitter onto the paint while it is still wet. If you do go with the spray glitter option, keep things moving constantly to avoid clumps and unevenness as you go.
Start In The Corner
Consistency is the key to success when working with glitter paint of any kind. As such, it’s a good idea to start in one corner and gradually work your way to the opposite corner. The reason being that if you mistakenly go over any specific area more than once, you risk immediately creating an uneven finish. It’s possible to go back over things once the initial coat of paint is dry, but this nonetheless makes things more difficult than necessary.
Protect Your Home
Make no mistake about it – glitter has a habit of getting absolutely everywhere. No matter how careful you are, it’s inevitable that you’re going to end up with more glitter than you know what to do with all over the place. It’s therefore a good idea to take things more than a little seriously, when it comes to covering your surfaces, removing furniture and generally protecting the interior of your home. In addition, you might also want to think about protecting yourself adequately, given that you’re likely to end up with glitter all over yourself, too.
Cover With Glaze
Last but not least, if you want to give the whole thing the most attractive finish possible while at the same time preserving the quality of the finish, you might want to add an additional layer of clear glaze. This can ensure that the sparkle effect is maximized, while preventing loose glitter from falling off the wall and ending up where you don’t want it to be. It’s a quick and easy finishing touch that really can make a big difference.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of interior painting, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Contact a member of the Homm CPS team today to discuss your requirements in more detail, or to arrange an obligation-free quotation.