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Ready to create a warm Tuscan look for al fresco dinners?

• Dulux Texture Tuscan
• Paddle for stirring
• Medium nap roller
• Roller frame
• Roller extension
• Wide brush

Also needed:
Drop sheets; painter’s masking tape; methylated spirits (optional); sugar soap; wall filler; 120-grit abrasive paper; mineral turpentine; stain sealer (optional); 50 or 63mm brushes; sponge; paint scraper; 6 in 1 painter’s tool; roller tray.

Step 1
Once you’ve chosen your product from a wide range of Texture products, prepare your walls by ensuring that they are clean and dry with all cobwebs, dust or dirt removed.

Step 2
Stir the contents of the paint pot with a broad flat paddle, using a scooping motion to thoroughly mix the contents. Pour the contents into a roller tray.

Step 3
Apply the first coat of paint with a roller from the ground upwards. Always ensure that a brush is then used to cover any areas that are not easily reachable. Any brush strokes on the first coat need to be as smooth as possible, so make sure the brush doesn’t feather out too much.

Step 4
Let the first coat dry for at least four hours before recoating. When dry, the second and final coat should be applied. For an authentic Tuscan appearance, use a wide brush for this coat and apply in random criss-cross strokes to achieve a washed effect.

Step 5
Stand back, admire the added dimension that the Tuscan effect adds to your walls and serve up a large family dinner of pizza or pasta to celebrate.

You can experiment further with textures by using hand mitt applicators, sponges, brushes or brooms to create a look that suits you.


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