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Asked on Jun 18, 2012

Any diy tutorial for painting faux french wall panels?

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I am painting faux french wall panels in my girl's bedroom. I can find lots of pictures of what I want online, but I have not found any good tutorials for how to do them. I know how to tape off the box, but would like guidance for the best way to do the curved corners. Here is an example of what I want to do. Anyone tips/instructions on the best way to do this or have a website/blog to suggest?
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  • Leslie D
    on Jun 18, 2012

    I think I would use a compass to make a stencil on a sheet of clear plastic (like overhead projector paper), cut it out and use that to stencil in the curved corners. That would allow you to measure and get eah one consistent. Try it a few times on regular printer paper until you get the dimension/curve you want, then transfer the final product to the plastic sheet, so you can reuse that over and over on your walls.

  • Miriam I
    on Jun 18, 2012

    I shared your post with a few of my blogger friends who might know of someone. Hang tight.

  • DIY Show Off
    on Jun 19, 2012

    I don't know of a tutorial, but like Leslie suggested - if you're taping off the straight lines, how about making a stencil by using poster board to make a rounded (elbow-noodle shaped) the same width? Maybe lightly trace it with a pencil and free-hand paint the rounded corners? (still tape a perfect rectangle to start and fit the ends of your rounded stencil in the corner against your tape line...hard to explain). Or change to straight lines like the French panels shown at http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencil-french-decor.html.

  • I can't quite make out the picture, however if the curves are just paint, I'd suggest have a local signmaker create corner decals to be used as stencils. Stick them on, then paint, then remove decal. Instant stencil! Then add your extended lines with painter's tape.

  • Leslie D
    on Jun 19, 2012

    Another hint. When you get everything taped off, "seal" the edges of the tape with your current wall color where you will be painting. Once that dries, then paint the white or accent color you will be using for the lines. It will make your lines so much sharper because it prevents the new color from bleeding under the tape.

  • Miriam I
    on Jun 20, 2012

    You are all so talented, that's all I have to say :)

  • Kathy
    on Nov 13, 2014

    There are a lot of qood Trompe L'Oeil books out there. Some have pattersbut all have excellent instructions!

  • Therese Ryan-Haas
    on Nov 13, 2014

    I would cover the area with a thick painters tape. Use a X-ACTO Knive to cut out the rounded shape. Then do as Leslie D said and cover with wall color to seal.

  • Therese Ryan-Haas
    on Nov 13, 2014

    Wait... The site where this picture comes from tells you just how she did it. " Next came tape! I taped off all the “squares” and then used a plate as a stencil for the curved borders. After taping everything off, painting was a breeze!". http://www.lonny.com/Do-It-Yourself+Projects/articles/WbHPv3fWU5c/DIY+Painting+Trompe+L+oeil+Molding

  • Nikki
    on Aug 19, 2015

    I would think you could draw it on the wall with a pencil lightly or even with colored chalk? Maybe use a plastic lid or paper plate or something similar to give you the circular curve you want.... I see so many amazing wall treatments done with painters tape, but for me it's harder and takes me more time to tape it and get it on straight then to just draw it and paint but you could also tape the outside of your drawn lines to make sure you get a clean painted edge?

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