Unique Wall Painting Techniques for the DIY Homeowner

Ever thought you could use the veggies in your fridge to paint designs on walls in your home? Stop dreading paint projects and get inspired with these wall painting ideas

| January 4, 2012

  • 100 Paint Projects Cover
    If your kitchen walls leave you feeling blah and your bedroom could use a serious decor upgrade, consider looking into funky wall painting techniques as a new DIY home design project that won't cost you a fortune. In “100+ Paint Projects,” the editors of “Do It Yourself” magazine have collected several unique painting techniques that you can adapt to your home. Whether you’re looking for some wall-painting ideas or are trying to add a fresh life to furniture, you can save money and create a one-of-a-kind look with many of the ideas in this guidebook. 
    COVER: JOHN WILEY & SONS
  • Cabbage Stamp Wall Painting Technique
    Using cabbages from your fridge, you can add a romantic floral accent to your kitchen with this cheap and easy wall-painting technique.
    JOHN WILEY & SONS
  • Wood Grain Wall Painting Technique
    Use a wood-grain tool to create this faux wood-grain finish for a fun, tone-on-tone wall painting idea.
    JOHN WILEY & SONS
  • Cabbage Wall
    The moisture in cabbages will lend a natural watercolor look to the stamps you create in this wall painting technique.
    JOHN WILEY & SONS
  • Painted Cabbage
    To use a cabbage as a wall stamp, roll the paint color of your choice onto a freshly cut edge of a head of cabbage.
    JOHN WILEY & SONS
  • Wood Grain Painting Techniques For Walls
    This wood-grain tool is all you need for one of the recommended painting techniques for walls found in this article.
    JOHN WILEY & SONS

  • 100 Paint Projects Cover
  • Cabbage Stamp Wall Painting Technique
  • Wood Grain Wall Painting Technique
  • Cabbage Wall
  • Painted Cabbage
  • Wood Grain Painting Techniques For Walls

Painting walls isn't usually at the top of homeowners’ lists of exciting weekend activities. The wall-painting techniques in this excerpt, taken from 100+ Paint Projects (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) by the experts at Do It Yourself magazine, will inspire any DIY homeowner to reconsider painting walls as a worthwhile endeavor. This excerpt is taken from Chapter 3, “Paint Projects for Walls and Floors.” 

From the Fridge 

Who knew veggies could be so much fun? In this design, you learn how to treat a section of wall with flower motifs created with heads of cabbage (see a finished application in the Image Gallery). Use a range of blues and keep things interesting by working with cabbages of various sizes. The natural moisture from the cabbage will add a watercolor look to this wall-painting technique. For a crisper image, roll with paint after each impression.

You’ll Need: 

Latex paint in light and medium blue



Paint roller and tray

Painter’s tape






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