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Denim decor in a home

Add denim decor to your decorating scheme for a touch of playfulness and to introduce texture into a room setting. Denim walls add instant fun to a coastal retreat or urban loft. Grab a friend and transform a wall in your home!


After you master silk, linen, and denim painting techniques, let the textures of other clothing and fabrics inspire new wall treatment ideas. You’ll discover painting is easier, faster, and less expensive than applying wallpaper or fabric to your walls. Plus, with paint, you have more control in creating effects. Best of all, you can change them as easily as you change you clothes.

Soft purples and grey-blues in the living room temper the deep indigo of the artwork. "The painting would have overpowered the room if I hadn't used colours from the other end of the blue spectrum," says designer Kristen Panitch.

Don't you just love this cowboy nursery by burlap & denim. The walls are scrubbable and easy to keep clean in a nursery, which normally tends to gather dirty hand prints here and there.

Denim fabrics are ideal for upholstery projects. We all know that denim is durable and comfortable, so there's no reason why not to use denim for projects in and around the home.

Just like denim jeans go with everything, so denim walls and accessories jazz up your decorating style. Denim is so easy to work with; you can dress it up or tone it down to fit in with your personal style. Perfectly suited for cottage style or country decor, denim looks just as good in a contem-porary or modern setting. And denim paint technique is not just for walls - once you get the hang of applying a denim paint effect you can paint almost any piece of furniture.

How to denim paint technique

To create the look of denim on your walls you will need paint, scumble glaze and a wallpaper brush. The wallpaper brush makes it easier to stroke the wall to create the denim effect. Grab a friend and transform a wall in your home. For a consistent pattern throughout your room, one partner should be responsible for creating the “weave” while the other helps with the tools.

You will need:

Acrylic sheen paint in dark and light blue
Wallpaper or weaver brush
Spirit level, straightedge and chalk
Masking tape
Trim paintbrush
Clean, lint-free cloths

Here’s how:

1. Use masking tape around the ceiling and floor trim. Use a paintbrush to outline ceiling and trim. Roll on dark blue in a "W" pattern over the entire wall. Allow to dry before applying a second coat. Leave to dry overnight.

2. Use a spirit level, white chalk and a straightedge to divide the wall into 1 x 1 metre
square sections. Section of these areas with masking tape and wipe off the chalk marks.

3. The glaze coat is applied alternately to odd and even sections. It is important to keep the tape outside the section being painted.

4. Combine light blue and scumble glaze in a 1:1 ratio. To begin, soak the roller in the glaze coat for a minute or two and then roll it back through the glaze so that it is completely saturated. Apply a thin layer of glaze over the section you will start on.

Don’t worry if the glaze is uneven and translucent. Use a trim brush to fill in corners and areas the roller cannot cover.

5. Begin at the top, left-hand corner and drag the weaver brush from left to right in a smooth, firm stroke. The weaver brush should be dry and the bristles should bend when applying. Wipe the brush with a clean cloth to remove excess glaze after every second sweep.

Repeat the left-to-right, right-to-left stokes for a total of four strokes over the same horizontal strip. Continue these horizontal strokes down the length of the wall.


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