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A finished feature wall with a study nook

Overview

Add a point of difference to any room with a painted feature wall. This simple D.I.Y. project can transform your living spaces in a matter of hours, creating a look and feel that's uniquely yours.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Make sure you have everything you need to complete your feature wall on hand.

Tools and materials needed to paint a feature wall

2Patch your holes

Start by preparing your chosen wall. Move all furniture away from the wall and remove any pictures or fixtures. You'll need to fill those patches on the wall if you have any.

Patching a hole in the wall

3Sand the patched holes

Now grab your sand block and sand those areas.

Sanding the patched hole in the wall

4Brush off the dust

Grab you brush and wipe away the dust on the skirting boards as well as the corners of your wall.

Dusting off the skirting board with a paint brush

5Wash your walls

You may think your walls are washed but the reality is they're not. Sugar soap is a great preparation before you paint any walls, especially your feature wall!

Washing the wall with sugar soap

6Mask off the area

A feature wall is just that – a feature. You don't want paint ending up in places it shouldn't be. Apply masking tape to the skirting boards and architraves, as well as any power sockets. Lay a drop sheet on the floor to protect your flooring from any errant paint specks.

Covering a power outlet with painter’s tape

7Start with the edges

Using your chosen colour, begin painting in the corners and edges with a paintbrush.

Painting the edges of a wall with a brush

8Get rolling

Once you've painted a border of sorts, use a paint roller to slowly paint the surface in a series of strokes that are roughly one metre square. We suggest this is done in a zigzag pattern to begin with. This ensures paint is evenly spread and helps to create a professional look. Once you've covered the whole wall, leave to dry.

Painting the feature wall with a paint roller

9Apply second layer

Once the first coat of paint has dried, repeat the same application process for the second coat of paint. Leave to dry before removing tape.

Applying a second coat of paint to the feature wall

10Get painting

Explore our range of premium paints, perfect for your feature wall project.

A finished feature wall with a study nook

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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.