Follow this step-by-step guide to painting a circle and discover how it’s the perfect feature for framing accessories.
Paint a feature circle

How to paint a feature-framing circle

Eight steps to create a unique feature to frame an accessory.

1. Check the walls

A feature circle will draw attention to any imperfections, so before you begin check that your walls are free from cracks, lumps and bumps. If you find any, smooth the surface using wall filler and allow to dry.

2. Prepare the wall

If it’s been a while since you repainted the wall you’re adding the feature circle to, make sure that it’s free from dirt and grease – especially if it’s a kitchen. Use sugar soap or a mild detergent to cleanse grubby surfaces.

3. Get your kit ready

For the next step, you’ll need string, a measuring tape, masking tape or a pin, a pencil and a pair of scissors.

4. Measure out the circle

Decide on the size of circle you want – think about how it will work as a backdrop for your accessory. Work out the radius (the distance from the centre point to the edge). Cut a piece of string to the radius length and make a loop in one end – make sure you leave enough extra string for the loop, or your circle will be smaller than you’d anticipated. Then tape or pin the other end of the string to the centre of your circle.

5. Draw the circle

Now for the clever bit. Put the pencil in the loop, pull the string taut and keeping your hand as steady as possible, draw a smooth circle around the centre point. If you make a mistake, don’t worry, as you can rub it out and start again.

6. Paint the circle outline

Using the accent colour you’ve chosen and a small brush, paint a border inside the circle, taking care not to go over your pencil line. If you accidentally paint over the line, mop up any slips or drips with a damp cloth while the paint is still wet – the sooner, the better.

7. Fill it in

Fill in the rest of the circle, following its shape using circular brush strokes. If your circle is large, you may like to use a roller for this part.

8. Paint a second coat

Check the drying time on the paint tin, and when the first coat is dry, add a second coat using the same technique. If you’re using a dark colour, you may like to add a third coat. Then stand back and admire your work!

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