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DIY Tips for Color Washing your Walls

DIY Tips for Color Washing your Walls

Everyone wants their homes to be inviting, beautiful, and unique. We hand chose furnishings, and home décor that lets people know what our interest are, and what we like. Color on your walls is very personal and each person has a different opinion as to what colors look the best with the other things they have. Most people will agree that by color washing the walls, you can add the color you desire in a softer way that creates harmony between the paint job and the home interior decorations you are using.

To begin a color washing projects you will need to empty the walls of any adornments and remove any nails, brads, or tacks that might be in them. At this time, you want to evaluate the holes left by those types of hardware to determine if you should repair them with spackle before painting the room. You will then need to clean the walls so that there is no dust, or greasy films that are going to interfere with your painting project.

Once you have the surfaces ready you will need to gather your painting supplies. You need a 3 or 4 inch paint brush, or you can use rags to apply the paint. A brush will produce a more textured appearance and the rags create a softer finish. You need a base color and a glaze to go over that. You will need painters tape, a drop cloth, a paint tray, and disposable gloves.

You will first apply the base coat to the walls using a roller. The base color must be given plenty of time to dry before you can apply the glaze over it.

Once the base is dry you will begin to apply the glaze. Dip your soft cloth, a sea sponge worked well for this, and softly touch the wall with the paint dipped item. You want to make certain that you do not create a pattern while putting the paint on the wall. Touch the rag or sponge in random areas, and after the rag has touched the wall several times it will begin to leave less paint, but that is okay. The different amounts of paint left by the rag will help to increase the intrigue of the finished work. 

You can use different motions when applying the paint to create different effects. You can daub the paint on, or use a swiping motion like you are wiping the wall. 

If you want your texture look to be more pronounced, then use a large paint brush to apply the glaze. 

When you are working work one wall completely and then cross the room to work the next wall. This will allow the wall that you just finished to have time to dry some and you will be less likely to bump it, or smudge the work in the corners.

If you apply a lighter glaze over a darker glaze, you will create the look of aged patina. You can create a richer look on the walls by using a base color, then a dark color glaze and then a lighter glaze.

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