We had a home office that we did not know what to do with. This is the spare bedroom which is located on the main level of our former home. This was the designated guest room, but since this did not have a bed back then, it turned into a den/library.
The room was facing the perimeter fence, and there isn’t much sun coming in on that side of the house. So I figured why not design it with a Tuscan design? Tuscany is known for its warmth, the color of nature- of the sun and the Italian countryside.
I researched on some design magazines and went online to look at some inspiration. I found and got a wall paper mural that looks like a window, overlooking a Tuscan landscaping of the countryside. Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy, so what better way than to show this in this room. This wall paper window mural can address the lack of view in the room as well as bring in brightness with its sunny Tuscan countryside design.
The room came with a builder’s white paint, so I went to the paint store and bought a gallon of green paint, I also bought another gallon of yellow-ochre paint for I intend to use a faux painting technique called ragging. It would have been ideal to do a wall plaster technique (Venetian wall paint) but that is something I know little about and I heard takes a while to perfect. For this project I did not want to experiment more than I have to- so ragging technique was used.
Here are the materials I used:
1 gallon teal green latex paint (used as base coat)
1 gallon yellow-ochre glaze paint (used as top coat)
1 quart mauve flat paint
2 paint rollers
2 paint brushes (small for the stenciling)
2 rolls of painter’s tape
2 paint trays
1 pair rubber gloves
1 pair of eye protection or goggles
1 stencil for border (I chose a sort of lace pattern shown on picture)
4 large cotton cloths (old cotton t-shirts would do, I used my husband’s old ones).
1 wall window mural (Tuscan landscaping)
Clear the room of furnishings.
Wash the wall if it is dirty and then repair cracks or holes.
Apply the painters tape around the ceilings, door moldings, and floor boards. Put drop cloths on the floors.
Pour in first paint tray the base coat which is the latex green paint. Then using the roller, apply base coat on the walls. Allow to dry completely.
Use rubber gloves and goggles for eye protection.
To prepare your rag, simply cut the shirt or cotton cloth in several pieces then crumple each into a ball.
Pour the yellow-ochre glaze paint on the second paint tray.
Then dip it in the yellow-ochre glaze paint making sure to remove any excess paint.
Lightly dab the crumpled rag across the wall.
Ragging can create a scattered effect. To avoid this, try to overlap areas when applying the paint.
Dip a crumpled rag into paint and dab it lightly on the wall.
When it becomes too light, dip the rag into paint and continue dabbing.
If you want a more subtle effect, wet the rag with water. Wring out the excess water, and then crumple the rag and repeat the steps above.
Step back and see if everything is looking even and not too scattered, try to use a rag on, rag off technique to give it a more balanced and defined look.
Stenciling the Border:
Use adhesive tape and attach the border onto the walls. Since the design would come in series of four, try to align them as you go. Tape the second series at the edge of the previous four sets so that it would look straight and continuous.
Lightly dab using the paint brush with the yellow paint on the design’s outer part then use the mauve color to highlight the center to give it more depth.
Allow paint to dry then remove the stencils. Repeat and continue until you are done with all four walls.
Applying the Wall Window Mural:
Once the wall paint has dried, locate the center of the focal wall.
Using a leveler to mark the location where you will hang your wall window mural.
Follow the instructions on the packaging. Wet the back of the mural with water then apply on the wall.
Use a ruler or old credit card to smooth out the paper and remove the air bubbles.
Allow to dry.
Return your furnishings and decorate with the theme that will match the overall design. Then sit back ,relax, and enjoy your Tuscan view in your own little Tuscan window.