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Room Therapy: Red Lacquer Walls

Welcome to this week's Room Therapy post, where users submit questions and you, the readers, help answer them. The questions can be about anything, from a decorating conundrum in your home to a coveted piece of furniture you can't find anywhere.

Deepasood wrote us saying, "I am dying to paint a large wall in my house a deep red lacquer. I want it to look stripey (for lack of a better word), and maybe even textured. Definitely going for chinoiserie. I was thinking you might have some tips, or that your readers would."

The better word that Deepasood was looking for is strié, which is a type of faux finish that we've covered before. To get a strié finish, you apply a glaze over a base color of paint, then run a dry paintbrush over the glaze. A textural variation is not something normally associated with lacquered walls, though. The idea is to sand until the walls are smooth, roll on the paint, and then finish with multiple coats of high-gloss polycrylic. So, I wouldn't necessarily recommend combining textured walls with a lacquer finish. If you're insistent on having a textured finish, you could skimcoat venetian plaster onto the walls before you paint and lay on the high-gloss polycrylic, which will create a shiny, stone-like appearance.

What do you readers think? Have any tips for getting lacquer, strié, or textured finishes? Please let us know by commenting, or create Casa Cravings for any products or web sites that you think would help. Just be sure to tag your Casa Cravings with the phrase Lacquered Chinoiserie. (Here's a post explaining what a Casa Craving is and how to create one.) Thanks! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

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deepasood deepasood 8 years
Thanks so much--great suggestions/thoughts. Anybody have a suggestion for the perfect brand/color of red paint?
dreamzme dreamzme 8 years
Red's a tricky color and getting the gloss to look just right will make it that much more challenging. I personally like the Ralph Lauren Linen technique - you can use a matte red as a base and go over the glossy red with the Linen brush for the strié look.
redegg redegg 8 years
If you want to do a lacquered wall, then use a high gloss finish paint. You have to do several coats to get the effect, sometimes as many as 7 or 8 in a prof application. You could do 3 and see how that looks. The point is to get rid of all imperfections and make it perfectly smooth like a lake as smooth as glass. It's so difficult that most professional painters can't do it very well. It's easy enough to replicate at home for yourself, though, just beware that high gloss paint and "lacquer" shows off every little bump and line. It's very dramatic and beautiful! Strie you can pick out two colors that vary slightly of the same shade. For red you could do a darker red for your background color, then paint on a slightly lighter red on top, making sure to let the undercoat show through in the brush strokes. You can also reverse and do light as base and darker red on top.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Mine's an angry red.. LOL
kdupps kdupps 8 years
My friend recently gave me the greatest tip on painting stripes. Pick one color, such as red, and buy two gallons of paint - one matte and one high gloss. Paint the entire wall matte, allow it to dry. Tape off horizontal stripes and paint stripes with high gloss paint. It has a stripe effect but still one color.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I would say practice first. Maybe buying some boards to paint read and practice applying the glaze so when you do it on your wall you wont mess it up
kapchis kapchis 8 years
I wanted to do our dining room in red, but my husband nixed the idea. Instead I did our half bath and am so thankful that was all I did. I used five coats and I could still see the base coat. Edging it was the worst. I'm so over red. Next house, no red rooms.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 8 years
I have a fabulous hot pink-redish bedroom which was a big turning point in my life. I painted it with my mother a year ago and it is just breathtaking now :star:
unabridged unabridged 8 years
I have a redish burgandy in my kitchen..it looks awesome. I love it.It doesn't make me angry,it makes me happy. It is very bold so you have to go easy on the rest of the accessories. Painting only one or two walls also works so it is not overwhelming..That looks very chic.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I love my Red walls. Be careful though, there's the whole "Red walls make you angry." that people laugh off, i'm a psych student and i've read tons of studies that say it's true. I agree, our red room is just a walk through room, no chairs or anything, but I have noted that when my husband and I start to fight, we gravitate there, as if feeding off the red.. hmm..
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