Paint Your Own Retaining Wall

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Decorating, Painting, Uncategorized
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“With three boys, a loving husband, a male dog and cat, I AM the queen of the household. 

Along with my crown, I also wear my most prized possession – my tool belt.”

In this suffering economy, we can still find happiness and contentment within our own castle – whether we own it or rent it – and especially if we have little or no budget.  A simple project that can really enhance the look of your back/front yard, patio, or even your street, is to paint a boring looking retaining wall, to make it look rich in stack stone or brick.  Here’s all you need:

Supplies:

v  Take photos or find samples of what you’re trying to emulate (optional).  Otherwise, choose 3-5 paint colors that will compliment your home and it’s surroundings.

v  3-5 exterior/acrylic paint colors (low sheen).  

  • For this project, I happened to use:   an outdoor brown from Lowes (or any home improvement/paint store) as a base color;  acrylic paints including raw umber, burnt umber, raw sienna and a touch here and there of burnt sienna, black and white.

v  A clear glaze, found in the paint section, in Lowes  

v  4 sturdy paper plates

v  A 2” paint brush and 1 smaller paint brush

v  Paper Towels

Instructions:

v  Add some glaze to a paper plate and begin with a base coat on your wall, thinning some “bricks” with glaze added to your wall.  (Note:   If you notice, “bricks,” in general, are not all alike.  There is a variance in the same color.)

v  In another paper plate, mix (1 part) paint color to (3 parts) glaze (you do not need to necessarily mix it together).  Again, painting this wall is all about the variances of paint color.  Add another squirt of another color to your plate and to each “brick”.  Note:  if paint is too thick, wipe it off with a paper towel.  The fun part is that the color will sink into “the valleys” of the brick, therefore giving it depth!  That’s cool!

  • Tip:  If you’re still hating a particular area of color or it’s too dark or light, you can always paint over it–that’s the beauty of paint!

v  Once you get your “bricks” looking like your sample, check out the grout (area in between the bricks) and choose a color that resembles it and paint it.  This is the exciting part!  Your bricks will begin to pop and look more like bricks.

v  Above and beyond:  If you’re not tired yet, and really want your bricks to pop and look more 3-dimentional, in a paper plate, add (1 part) black to (3 parts) glaze and with the small paint brush, paint a line underneath each brick.  This will give it a shadowed effect.

EnJOY and I hope your wall looks FABULOUS!

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