How to paint a feature wall with copper effect

If you want to add a little shimmer to your feature wall along with copper metal finish it would transform your room in a glamorous way. This finish is another perfect way to add luxury look to your feature wall. Some manufacturers may also recommend to use a clear coat to protect your copper finish hence look out for it in their specifications.

Tools and Products, You Will Need

Copper Effect Paint

Painters masking Tape

Drop Cloth & Paint Stirrer

Muslin to create effect

Medium nap roller kit & cutting in brush



Painting a room may take from a few hours to two days depending upon the amount of effort that needs to go into a project and your planning skills.

Remove all furniture from the room

Think of painting the wall in small sections.

Use drop cloths to avoid staining your carpet or floor.

Use masking tape to mask electrical sockets, switches, trims to avoid any paint spillage.

Calculate the amount of paint required to paint the wall. Buy a little more than the desired quantity as you may need some paint for future touch ups and textured walls will need 10-20% more paint than the recommended coverage. 

Check our guide to select right roller and paint brush for a better finish.


Step by Step process to paint a wall

Step 1: Preparing the Surface

Preparing the wall is actual key to a great paint finish that will last for long time.

  1. Ensure that the existing paint finish is not cracking or peeling and that there are no surface imperfections.
  2. Fill any cracks or holes with a good quality filler. Sand down the filler and remove all sanding dust from surface preferably using a tack cloth.
  3. If existing wall is of a considerably dark colour it would be a good idea to use a stain blocker before you paint it.
  4. Give the surface a good clean with TSP cleaner or a ready to use paint surface cleaning product such as Selleys Sugar Soap.

Note:  Check out our pre-paint prep detailed guide to make sure you are ready to paint like a pro.


Step 2) Cutting in

Stir the Copper Effect paint with stirrer to get a homogenous mix and ensure metal particles sitting at bottom of can get uniform mix with the liquid. Use a good quality cutting in brush for cutting around the edges of the wall. Remember to dip the brush halfway into the paint and apply in smooth even strokes along the ceiling line and then switch to roller.


Step3) Rolling the Copper effect

Use a medium nap roller which is generally used for painting walls i.e. 8-12mm nap for smooth surfaces. Load the roller with copper effect paint and start a few inches away from corners. You can paint creating an “M”, a “W” or in a zig zag pattern overlapping your lines. Work in sections and with a top to bottom approach. Investigate for any runs and run the roller from top to bottom covering them without applying too much pressure on roller. Lastly you can roll from sideways getting close to edges on ceilings and skirtings. Don’t pressure the rollers to squeeze paint out of them just reload them if you think you need more paint.

Generally Copper effect paints are water based and should take about 4-8 hours to dry. Check manufacturer specifications before applying  second coat. Apply second coat of metallic effect working in small sections from top to bottom after the first coat has completely dried. While second coat is still wet you can use muslin or a clean dry roller (overlapping patterns) to create patterns of your choice on the wall. This step will add a random textured look to the finish.