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Textured wall and a hallway table

Overview

Add a unique touch to your décor with this abstract artwork, made using multipurpose plaster and painted in shades of white. It’s easy to make yourself - here’s how we did it.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves and a mask) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1Prepare the board

Spread out a drop sheet and lay the MDF board flat on two saw horses positioned on the sheet. Wipe the board clean with a damp cloth. Stir the primer and apply a coat all over the board, including the edges, using a 38mm paintbrush. Leave to dry.

2Scuff the primer, then apply plaster

Lightly scuff the surface of the board with 120-grit abrasive paper to prepare it for the plaster. Using a Pointing trowel, scoop small amounts of the plaster onto the board, a little at a time. With smooth movements, push the plaster into shapes using the edge of the trowel, layering a small amount at a time. Allow to cure for 24 hours.
Tip: Avoid making the plaster shapes too thick.

3Paint over the plaster

Stir one shade of white paint. Using a 38mm paintbrush, paint one coat over the entire board, including the edges. Allow to dry, then repeat using the second shade of white paint, applying in alternating layers until the desired effect is achieved.

*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

Tip: The second coat doesn’t need to cover the entire surface – leave some of the previous coat visible. (This applies to any following coats, as well.)

4Want more D.I.Y. plaster inspiration?

Learn how to make a D.I.Y. textured plaster headboard.

 

*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.

Photo credit: Brigid Arnott 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.