Feature walls are a great, classic way of adding extra pizzaz to your home without overwhelming the space.
Sometimes, covering every wall in paper or prints can make the room seem too busy.
However, a well placed feature will make the area look carefully designed and stylish.
And, it doesn’t need to cost much either – this savvy mum can prove that.
Victoria McIntyre, 33, a neurological nurse and mum of two, spent just £12 adding a cool feature wall to her kitchen.
The mum, from Perthshire, bought frog tape and paint and created a brick-effect wall.
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Victoria told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “I've just returned to work from maternity leave so carrying out DIY projects during lockdown with a small child and a baby has definitely come with its challenges.
"My husband was working from home throughout lockdown so getting stuck into redecorating at night times felt somewhat like an escape from the madness.”
Victoria and her husband saw some trendy geometric walls online which people created using tape.
The mum decided to use the DIY technique, but change up the design.
She said: "We could have achieved a similar effect from using wallpaper, however, we are not a massive fan of wallpaper as it's not as easy to simply change when you decide on a new colour scheme, and of course would have been far more expensive.
"We have a brick tile splashback throughout the kitchen so decided if we were to do a brick effect wall we would prefer if the ‘bricks' were the same size as those in the kitchen. That's where things got a lot more complex!
"The feature wall was a deep grey so that needed a few coats of white as a base coat prior to any frog taping being applied.
"I initially thought it would be a case of frog taping off horizontal lines along the white wall but quickly discovered the walls were slightly off, despite this being a new build house.”
They used a measuring tape and a spirit level to stick down the tape to ensure the “bricks” were correctly spaced and straight.
Victoria added: "The vertical lines were added one by one using a spare wall tile we had. It took six hours of frog taping, only 10 mins of painting it and about 40 seconds removing all that frog tape.”
To get the brick effect Victoria drizzled the grey paint into a paint tray and ran her fluffy roller over it very lightly.
Victoria commented: “I ran it through the paint with very little pressure so we never absorbed too much paint on the roller.
"We then very firmly ran it back and forth over the entire wall. We utilised a natural sea sponge for the edges to fill the gaps where the roller could not reach.”
The wall was completed using just two rolls of frog tape and a tester paint pot.
Victoria noted: “I was absolutely thrilled by how it turned out in the end.
“The greatest thing of all was it only cost me a total of £12.”
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