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Villa front room

Use a subtle two-tone sponged effect and crisp white ceiling to transform a large room in a traditional villa front room.

Paint a villa front room, walls and ceiling, and oil the woodwork.

Room for improvement with Mark Rayner - Project 06

Difficulty level: Moderate

Room: Villa front room
Condition: Excellent
Ceiling: Pressed tin previously painted with white waterborne ceiling paint
Woodwork: Sanded bare wood in good condition
Walls: Previously painted with waterborne low sheen paint

You will need:

  • Bucket with warm water
  • Clean cloths
  • Dropcloth
  • Interior filler
  • Ladder or scaffold platform
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller and tray
  • Paint roller extension handle
  • Paint stirrers
  • Putty knife or similar for filling
  • Resene Danska Teak Oil
  • Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner
Step 1
Step one
Mix one part Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner to sixty parts clean warm water.
Step 2
Step two
Wearing rubber gloves, carefully wash the ceiling and walls with the solution, wiping off any excess with a clean dry cloth. Allow to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Fill any holes or indentations in the walls and ceiling with filler and allow to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Sand the filled areas with sandpaper and also lightly sand all the bare woodwork.
Step 5
Step five
Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean dry cloth.
Step 6
Step six
Carefully stir the Resene Quick Dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Spot prime any filled areas with Resene Quick Dry and allow to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Carefully stir the Resene SpaceCote Flat White.
Step 9
Step nine
Apply two coats of Resene SpaceCote Flat White to the ceiling, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 10
Step ten
Carefully stir the Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Peppermint.
Step 11
Step eleven
Cut in around all the woodwork, corners, light switches and sockets with the Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Peppermint.
Step 12
Step twelve
Roll the remainder of the walls with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Peppermint and allow to dry. Apply a second coat of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Peppermint and allow to dry.
Step 13
Step thirteen
Carefully stir the Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Fringy Flower.
Step 14
Step fourteen
Using a damp sponge, carefully sponge the Resene Fringy Flower over the entire basecoat of Resene Peppermint. Allow to dry.
Step 15
Step fifteen
Carefully stir the Resene Danska Teak Oil.
Step 16
Step sixteen
Apply one coat of Resene Danska Teak Oil to all the bare woodwork and wipe off any excess oil with a dry absorbent cloth. Allow to dry for 24 hours. Clean brush with mineral turpentine.

Handy hints: Ensure you choose the correct roller sleeve for the surface you’re painting – if in doubt check with Resene ColorShop staff. For safety reasons, any cloths impregnated with Resene Danska Teak Oil should be rinsed with detergent and water before being discarded.

Top tip: Masking any bare woodwork with masking tape and newspaper will protect the wood from any paint drips when you’re painting the ceiling and walls.

To get the look: To get a high gloss finish, Mark varnished the floorboards with four coats of Resene Polythane.

Other ideas: Create a different paint effect on the wall by lightly stippling one colour over another with a large dry brush.

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