Yes painting the rest of the house. It really needed it as you can see from that wall on the right side of the photo. Today I have a special project for you…I am going to show you how to make an awesome cloudy effect accent wall!
I know the word “awesome” is overused but in this case I think it is a perfect description for my living room wall.
I was so inspired I started right away without a moments hesitation. But the kicker here is that instead of using regular paint I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint, the Safepaint version which is specifically designed for walls. I honestly had no idea what would happen but I was feeling adventurous! Going out of my comfort zone here folks!
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What I Used:
Mix only as much as you think you will need otherwise it will go bad after a few days. I usually keep it in the fridge where it lasts for a week. The powder form can be stored in a jar in a cool dry place indefinitely.
The darker was achieved by adding a bit of pitch black to the original slate color, and the lighter by adding the snow white color to the original slate. Here are my yogurt containers with two different shades of the blue.
At this point I panicked (being truthful here folks) and consulted with one of my blogger friends Thea of That Sweet Tea Life, who has also done a similar wall with a beautiful cloudy effect.
Then it was back to work! I mentally divided the wall into horizontal sections of four. Within each section I would paint a swatch of the darker color about two feet in height and length. This is the darker shade.
Using a dry brush, I went over the area smoothing out the paint so it blended in.
Here is how mine looked on one section.
So I mixed another color that was between the light and dark and used that as the base coat and then applied the darker and lighter shades to create a variation.
The whole thing took me two days to do. The first day for the base coat which I let dry overnight. Milk Paint dries very fast and is environmentally friendly with no odor! Yay!!
And the second day was for the actual cloud effect.
But even with all of that I am over the moon happy with how it turned out. The room now looks twice as big, which makes no sense at all to me considering that this is a dark color. But I am really loving the drama of this wall. The milk paint is a beautiful hue and is so easy to work with, It went on easily and covered very well. And if I made a few mistakes it was no problem to paint over them. The color is actually a bit more blue than what the photos show.
Oh and did I mention that it is awesome!!
It was a lot of work, in fact I am still sore as I type this, but so so worth it.
If you enjoyed this you might also like a peek at my girl’s ombre wall here.
I think it is definitely worth going out of your comfort zone once in a while. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how to make an awesome cloudy effect awesome wall. Would you ever try something like this?
I hope you have a chance to visit Pat of The Wood Spa and Thea of That Sweet Tea Life, two immensely talented ladies who have inspired me and prompted me to tackle this immense project! And check out Old Fashioned Milk Paint, it will surely change your life and your ideas on how to paint.
And don’t forget to let me know if you like the bookcases with or without the birch paper backing below.
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