Decorative Painting for a Kid’s Room | This Old House

11November 2020

When looking for paint color for her daughter’s room, Arlington house homeowner Emily was inspired by rooms in her daughter’s school which were painted using a technique called Lazure. Kevin O’Connor meets a local artist who is an expert in the technique and is getting ready to start in Serafina’s room.

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Arlington house homeowner Emily has a unique idea for painting her daughters’ room—a Lazure technique that she saw at her daughter’s school. It’s a layering of very thin, transparent paints brushed out in broad circular and diagonal strokes. The finished look gives the room a calming watercolor feel. Kevin O’Connor meets homeowner Emily and painter Rosemary Dewees upstairs as they are about to start. The walls have already been primed with a non-toxic clay paint to help absorb the next coats. Rosemary combines acrylic paint out of the tube with a polymer and water. The special large brushes are used to paint in big figure eights and diagonals. A dry brush is used to blend in the drips. Kevin lends a hand and a brush as the two of them quickly work their way across the wall in a dancelike fashion. Tomorrow a coat of blue goes on.

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