6.24.2011

DIY SUMMER WHITE WASHED WALLS

Call me crazy, but not long after I had painted the dining room with a VERY vibrant apple green in Spring, I was looking for a change. It's probably because I had gotten so incredibly inspired by the gorgeous blue waters of Hollywood beach, I wanted to try to recreate its look at home. Another inspiration had come from seeing the sun washed colors of the buildings Key Largo. Before doing the large wall, I did a test spot and lived with it for a few days. I decided I liked it, so one afternoon, I pulled everything back, threw down the drop cloths, got out my paints, mixing bowls, sponges and a cookie sheet and went to town! It was a messy process... but I love the end result.

Mixed together about 1 part paint to 3 parts water in a bowl.
And used a sponge to literally "wash" the walls with.

But just using the white over green wasn't ocean blue enough.

To get the blue of the ocean, I did the same mix with last years turquoise.

Although I mostly used white, I'd apply turquoise in some areas, and wash back over it with the white again to tone it down.

I applied the wash in a circular motion, starting at the top (because yes - it drips) right corner, worked my way down, and up and over by sections. Doing a circular motion helped to blend the paints and the sections.

One layer wasn't enough - it was still too green.
After the first layer dried, I went back and repeated the process.

Top left corner original green still peeking out before applying the white wash.

Even though I used a sponge, this isn't the "sponge" faux painting of the 90's. That was more dabbing paint on to give a flat wall texture. Since all our walls already are textured, doing the wash enhanced it as a feature.

After the second layer, it was starting to get more of the wash I was looking for.

Adding in the turquoise really helped.
I could have just painted it - but it would have been too opaque.
I wanted to also sense the foam of the wave break on the shore...

I really enjoy experimenting with these looks in our home.
After this process, and the clean up, I also tried something different in the dining room...


Sherwin Williams Lime Ricky
BEFORE

(and dining table turned into the wall)

Sherwin Williams Lime Ricky
AFTER WASH

The white paint I watered down for the wash was a semi gloss - which helped to enhance the existing texture of the wall.

I also did TRY a different image in the frames...

But thankfully, I did this "test" on the outside before tearing it apart.
And it's a good thing, because I stood back, looked at it and said, "I don't like it."
But hey, that's what experiments are for - to try things out.


Something else I tried in the space was adding back in more green.
I did this with two printed tablecloths I simply hung from clip rings
(like I did last year in black & white print)


And since I had also "tried" the dining table coming out from the wall, rather than parallel to it, I had some space to create a little window nook with the bench...


But I wasn't feelin' the green, so I put back the printed white linen panels.
They just felt more airy...

And like a rubber band...


I snapped and put the table back parallel to the wall.
I prefer this look for everyday, but turning the table would work better to give more seating space for guests. So the experimenting wasn't a total loss.



How often do you experiment with different looks or paint techniques in your home? Have you ever? It's a great way to refresh a space - and if you're trying a wash, you probably already have the paint and a sponge, so it could be a $0 makeover in an afternoon.
  
And with the left-over white & turquoise washed paints, you can




Why not try it this weekend?!



LINKING POST TO:







DIY Showoff - Project Parade

Under the Table Dreaming - Sunday Showcase

Between naps On A Porch - Metamorphosis Monday



7 comments:

  1. I loved the apple green, but the wash is just as beautiful, and so perfect for summer. I have the same addiction for change. I have painted, faux, retextured my walls so many times, it's like changing an outfit for me. I have a similar blue green wash in my living room that took me about seven layers to achieve that I love. But I'm getting the itch to repaint it. I always love your style, keep the projects coming!

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  2. Thanks Shannon!! I greatly appreciate your comment and enthusiasm!! Thanks for stopping by xo

    :D Lynda

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  3. your dining room looks like a resort now - very chic and cool and tropical. Nice work! I'm intrigued by your slipcovered bench - it's a good look :) Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment, you are so kind and I so appreciate it. Take care ~Diane

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  4. You're so creative. The wash is a great look. Not so sure I'm comfortable with trying it but the new look is gorgeous.
    ~ Monique

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  5. I liked the lime green but I LOVE this! The whole room has an airy, beach feel to me. I am a creature of change too so really appreciate your sharing.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Pat

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  6. love the turquoise. just decided to do my lr and dr in turquoise. I have red velvet dr chairs and a sagey green sofa. Want a more modern feel. What do you think?

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  7. Wow, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I tried to look for whitewashing instructions! Looks great, thank you!

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