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Anne Hepfer Designs

Patent Pending: Lacquer, High Gloss and Shine

To properly achieve a beautifully lacquered wall, the surface must be perfectly sanded and smooth and many coats of paint painstakingly applied. But isn’t the labour worth it? I love the look and feel of a shiny room – super luxe and unexpected. It certainly ramps up the drama in a space. Notoriously finicky and expensive to produce, most often sprayed, dried and then sprayed again – the process repeated many times the fresh coats drying into the dried coat to create a patent-leather like sheen. A reflective surface, lighting and the other elements in the room must be carefully considered. Since true lacquer is not only rather toxic as well as pricey, a similar look can be approximated using high-gloss paint or adding a layer of varnish or polyurethane or back-painting glass. Lucite and acrylic pieces are another way to add shine to a space if you’re only flirting with this element but can’t commit to entire walls.

– Anne

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