How to Paint a Decorative Ceiling Border

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$10
2 Days
Medium

My client wanted something very subtle and elegant for her bedroom.

This is the finished look. I painted the walls with a soft faux texture and then added some gold veins.

For the border, after I showed her the design, I made myself some stencils.

By doing just one side you can just flip it and get the other side the same.

So you just trace the design onto the wall using a chalk.

Then, you trace the small flower in the middle.

I used the paint she had from the ceiling which was a little darker than the walls and mixed it with some glaze.

I then used gold acrylic paint mixed with some glaze and painted the other section. I used a sponge to dab it so that it could even it out.

Then I outlined the design with white paint.

Finally, I mixed some glaze with a little drop of black paint to create like a shadow effect or to give it some depth/definition in one area.

Once you brush some paint, you dab it with the sponge to spread it and make it smoky.

Once it was finished, I added little gems for an added elegance.

And that's it. She was happy.

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  • Bettina Bettina on Apr 18, 2021

    I love the look of this finished room. If my room doesn't have the overhang that this bedroom wall has, do you think it would have a similar finished look if I just painted the upper portion of the wall?

  • Hope Hope on Apr 20, 2021

    Hi...

    I LOVE how the marble-effect walls turned out!! You are very talented. Do you have a post about how you did the walls..?

  • Star Star on Apr 21, 2021

    What is the name of the stencil and where did you buy it?

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  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Sep 03, 2021

    Fabulous! But too difficult for me. My arms wouldn't make it.

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Apr 20, 2022

    Quite the ambitious project! Looks fabulous. The little gems are just the touch to send it over the top. I love it.

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