How to paint a feature wall
Spray paint comes in a wide range of colours, finishes and textures; and can be used for anything from touch-ups to upcycling an old piece of furniture.
Spray cans are "pre-mixed" – all you have to do is select the colour and the finish (gloss, satin or flat) and you're ready to go.
Always spray in a well-ventilated room. Cover anything that you don't want painted with masking tape, newspapers, drop sheets and wear a spray mask.
To mix the paint simply shake the can. You will hear a rattle inside the container as you flip it back and forth – the rattle is a small steel ball that is mixing the paint. If you don't shake the container long enough, the paint will come out very thin; or the pressure in the can will run out before all the paint is used.
Before you start on your project, make sure you do a test spray pattern on a piece of cardboard or scrap timber.
To ensure you get the best finish possible, follow these steps:
To clear the paint nozzle, turn the can upside down and press the spray nozzle until no more paint comes from the container. If the hole in the nozzle becomes clogged with paint, you may be able to open it with a pin.