Patricia Morgenthaler is an interior designer, book author and creative coach. The master of shabby chic furniture sets to work and show us how aubergine-coloured wall stripes, a chest of drawers and a longcase clock in a used design can be used to design a living room that is not only cosy but also in the trendy vintage style.
Flamboyant, unusual and simply lovely: these are the ideas of Patricia Morgenthaler. She describes herself as a creative, sometimes chaotic person with a great love for simple Scandinavian design and vintage treasures. As a child, Patricia was very creative and so it was obvious that she would make her hobby her career. Today, she works as an interior designer and book author, freely in accordance with the motto “Discover the possibilities”, and takes inspiration from a wide range of materials. Since July 2011, Patricia has been regularly seen as an interior and decoration expert on TV, including the programme ‘Kaffee oder Tee’ on the channel SWR, and on ARD-Buffet. Since 2015, everything on her blog has revolved around DIY, homes, cooking and living. You can find step by step photographic instructions here as well as video tutorial with lots of tips and tricks for recreating her projects.
Step 1 of 2: Measuring up, Covering and masking
Patricia decides to design the walls with a striped colour accent in the warm colour tone aubergine. She measures a height of 1.10 m with a metre rule and marks out the area with masking tape. Above the masking for the wall stripe, an approx. 25 cm-wide piece of masking paper with integrated tape protects the wall against unwanted splashes of paint. Patricia also covers the floor and the door.
Step 2 of 2: Applying paint to the wall
After Patricia has stirred the aubergine wall paint and thinned it with water, she pours the paint into the large spray attachment of the paint spray system W 690 FLEXiO from WAGNER.
Patricia now sets about applying the paint. She sprays in even strips, approx. one third overlapping, from top to bottom.
Patricia only has to top-up the paint in the wall paint spray attachment once for the entire area of the wall stripe – so she is quickly finished with the wall design.
After a short drying time of 10 minutes, Patricia removes the masking from the wall.
Step 1 of 4: Applying primer
Patricia prefers to accept the challenge of conjuring individually designed unique pieces from boring furniture. For the wooden chest of drawers, she chooses two complimentary, pale colour tones – silver grey and mint. Patricia pours the silver grey paint into the small spray attachment of the paint spray system and starts the priming process.
Schritt 2 von 4: Applying second layer
As soon as the first coat is dry, the second coat of mint-coloured paint follows.
Step 3 of 4: Used look
Before the second colour layer is fully dry, Patricia dabs off individual areas with a cloth to create “traces of use” for the used look.
Step 4 of 4: Sanding
Once the paint is fully dry, she works on the overly perfect surface with a sander. The skill here is to remove both colour layers in some areas and to allow the silver-grey first coating to shimmer through in others.
Step 1 of 2: Painting
Patricia paints the ageing and very sad-looking grandfather clock with just one coat. She uses the silver-grey paint again for this, so that the chest of drawers and grandfather clock go together superbly in the final look.
Step 2 of 2: Sanding
Once the paint is dry, the sander is used again to allow the original colour to shimmer through in a few places.
Patricia now places the chest of drawers and the grandfather clock in the room and decorates with matching accessories and colour accents. These include a faux fur and cushion, old wooden boxes on the wall as shelves and a couple of plants. We think the result is a complete success! And as Patricia summarises it: “It all went so quickly and was a huge amount of fun. I never thought it would work so well. I have never painted a wall, let alone made a shabby chic chest of drawers in such as short space of time.”
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