Painting a camouflage wall can seem quite intimidating but by following a few simple steps it can be done quite easily.
Choose your pattern
There’s a huge variety of camouflage around, from the blobby type you find mostly on clothing, to the digital camo of the US Army uniform and everything in between. You don’t want to try and copy the exact pattern, you just want to use the shapes as inspiration. I used one of Lee’s old work T-shirts:
As you can see there are four colours, I was painting this camouflage wall for a military themed boys room so I stuck to ‘Army’ colours but there’s no reason to stick to this. When thinking about buying paint it will be easier if you choose one paler colour which will be your base coat, which you will need more of. Then have at least three other, darker, colours. You will need around half the amount of each.
I recommend using a ‘one coat’ paint as this will mean you won’t
Fill in any cracks and sand down to make a smooth surface then wash down with sugar soap to make sure the area is clean and dust free. If you are painting fresh plaster you will need to add a mist coat first. (This is just a layer of white paint mixed with water)
Collect together everything you will need, these include:
- Four tins of paint
- Dust covers to protect flooring and furniture
- Masking tape to create straight edges around woodwork and windows etc.
- Roller and tray
- 1 1/2 inch brush
- 1/2 inch brush
- fine paint brush
- a pencil
- damp cloth for wiping any splashes
Move all furniture away from the wall and protect any surfaces but avoid using the masking tape right until you need to.
Paint your base layer
Mask off any edges then, using the roller, paint the base coat and use the 1.5 inch brush to do the cutting in. Remember this should be your palest colour. Unless you are using a ‘one coat’ paint you will need to follow the instructions on the tin as to how long to leave before your second coat.
draw your pattern
Using your pencil draw out your shapes, you will find it easier if you mark what colour goes where with the initials of each, remembering not to write where the base colour is as you won’t be painting this again. These lines don’t have to be perfect as you won’t see them under the paint.
Using your brushes start painting your colours one at a time. You will find it easier to keep all your brushes close at hand. The fine paint brush will be ideal for the smaller areas. Don’t add any finer details yet, just do the basic shapes.
If needed add a second coat when dry.
If the pattern you have chosen has some finer details, like mine does, wait until the very end to add these.
And that’s it!
I hope this answers any questions you might have about how to paint a camouflage wall but if there is anything you need help with feel free to ask in the comment section 🙂