Sunday, June 8, 2014

HAND PAINTING A METALLIC GOLD HARLEQUIN PATTERN ON WALLS IN A WET BAR & TUTORIAL

HAND PAINTING A METALLIC GOLD HARLEQUIN PATTERN ON WALLS IN A WET BAR & TUTORIAL

Sometimes you've lived in a house long enough that it is finally time for a re-do.
Patti was doing a wonderful job redecorating a client's (whole) house and I got to do several of the special touches with Patti's guidance, of course!
One of the things I was asked to do was paint a harlequin pattern in the client's wet bar.  It had several openings and you could see in the wet bar from all around the living area and the patio.  The metallic gold paint looked really nice because the client had touches of metallic gold around the room.
Also, she had touches of red around the room, so I made the little red cherries at the points where the diamonds met.  I painted them with my finger.  
Just dipped my finger in red paint and did a little swirl.
I think the "inspiration" for the wet bar was this painting of the Queen Of Hearts.
These bookcases were across the room from the wet bar and Patti asked me to paint the same metallic gold inside.  When the lights were on the metallic gold reflected and looked really beautiful.
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TUTORIAL FOR WET BAR HARLEQUIN

The walls in the wet bar were painted white.
I drew my harlequin pattern with a pencil.  When you paint it should cover the pencil marks.
Because it's easy to get confused I always count out and put a piece of tape on every other diamond.  That way I won't start painting the wrong one and, believe me, I have done that. 
As I painted the gold, while it was still wet, I used a rag to rub a lot off.  
Then, in the white diamonds I very lightly brushed the metallic gold around the edges so it would look shadowy.
At each point where the diamond points met I painted the red circle with my finger.
If you don't want to use your finger you could cut a sponge into a circle and use that instead. 
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Below is a link to a bedroom wall I painted in a harlequin pattern.
It will show you how I measured, but you might have a much easier way.


Have fun painting your harlequin wall!

24 comments:

  1. This is really beautiful! Really French actually! Thanks so much for linking!!

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle! It's not easy to paint, but does look good.

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  2. Love that wall. Glad I found your blog.
    Enjoy the day
    Alison
    www.soiledrotten.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It looked really good in her big living area. I love the colors on your blog.

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  3. I found you via Time Travel Thursday - and I'll be back. I really liked the wall treatment at the bar and your very clear explanation of how you accomplished it.

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    1. I hope my explanation will help you when you do your harlequin wall :) It's not easy but looks great!

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  4. This is beautiful! I love the pattern and the gold.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thank you!! The wet bar walls looked really good from all around the living room, patio and kitchen. The colors matched well.

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  5. I so love the way you made the gold diamonds have depth.

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    1. I call it shadowing and, to me, it really does give dimension. Thank you!

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  6. Love the pattern! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  7. I love harlequin. You did a great job and thanks for the tutorial! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend! ~Deborah

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    1. Thank you, Deborah!! It's always interesting to paint a harlequin pattern, especially when you go around the corners of a room.

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  8. That is one fancy wet bar! Definitely has a French feel. Great job Lynda. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. So interesting and pretty! Visited from Isabelle's.

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    1. Thank you! I love the gold and soft red colors together.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Lynda - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  11. Love this!!! So beautiful!! hank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before and After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/06/the-round-up-from-before-and-after_18.html Hope to see you tonight for Before and After Wednesday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn!! Always love visiting your blog.

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