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Textured wall and a hallway table

Overview

Add a unique touch to your décor with this abstract artwork, made using multipurpose plaster and painted in shades of white. It’s easy to make yourself - here’s how we did it.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves and a mask) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1Prepare the board

Spread out a drop sheet and lay the MDF board flat on two saw horses positioned on the sheet. Wipe the board clean with a damp cloth. Stir the primer and apply a coat all over the board, including the edges, using a 38mm paintbrush. Leave to dry.

2Scuff the primer, then apply plaster

Lightly scuff the surface of the board with 120-grit abrasive paper to prepare it for the plaster. Using a Pointing trowel, scoop small amounts of the plaster onto the board, a little at a time. With smooth movements, push the plaster into shapes using the edge of the trowel, layering a small amount at a time. Allow to cure for 24 hours.
Tip: Avoid making the plaster shapes too thick.

3Paint over the plaster

Stir one shade of white paint. Using a 38mm paintbrush, paint one coat over the entire board, including the edges. Allow to dry, then repeat using the second shade of white paint, applying in alternating layers until the desired effect is achieved.

*Timbers vary by regions; contact your local store for further information.

Tip: The second coat doesn’t need to cover the entire surface – leave some of the previous coat visible. (This applies to any following coats, as well.)

4Want more D.I.Y. plaster inspiration?

Learn how to make a D.I.Y. textured plaster headboard.

 

*Timbers vary by regions; contact your local store for further information.

Photo credit: Brigid Arnott 

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.