Rain, rain and more rain has kept me from working on the outdoor shower this past week. Tropical storm Andrea and daily afternoon showers rolling through have kept us pretty damp and humid. Oh my gosh the humidity!!! Can you tell its my first summer here? It’s OK…I’ll adapt. As long as we have AC and ceiling fans..lots of fans – I can still keep busy!
Today I’m going to show you my ombre wall I just completed. The directions I’m sharing are with experience of a wall completed. In other words, I’ll list what I learned and tips on how I think it could be done better and easier.
The directions I followed from a popular website only used water to thin the paint and didn’t add a paint extender to slow the drying time. UGH. This did not work well. I worked quickly but the paint dried fast even with the water misting. To make blending easier I’ve added paint extender to the list of supplies. Because areas dried out faster than I had time to finish blending was a challenge. My wall came out more mottled – similar to a venetian plaster effect. I would’ve liked just a little bit more blending. I’m still happy with the outcome though and am OK with the textured effect. I’ve included a variety of pics from a few different times of day. Getting good shots to show the gradient was challenging especially with the bold color. This was a fun project and actually only took about 3-4 hrs from start to finish.
Satin or eggshell paint use a bold saturated color
Paint extender- either glaze or Floetrol
Paintbrush – chip brush is good use a better quality brush
Spray bottle with water
Prepare and tape your surface. I like to lightly wash my wall first if its has older paint on it. This ensures a good surface for the paint to adhere to.
Fill in the middle section in the same fashion as the top and bottom. Dab your sponge into the paint and mist the wall. Blend into the lower and upper sections well. Keep in mind its easier to put more paint on then to take it off in this section. Thin layers work well. I have a window with a large ledge in this section. To keep light reflecting well I made my paint and gradients a few shades lighter in this area.
You’ll need to stand back to see your work and where you may want to add more layers of paint. Keep an eye on the entire wall to keep your paint transitions reasonably even across the wall.
Before you know it…Voila! You have a finished wall! This project costs $11 for a quart of paint, everything else I had on hand. The paint color is Copper Penny by Behr. Its an intense color but I needed some POP in the room.
The window has just the right amount of gradient.
~ Try it…have some fun! … its just paint 🙂