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...
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 paisley print tablecloths from HomeGoods - I simply hung from clip rings (like I did last year with my post: How to Paint A Black Door + A No Sew Panels Project)
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?!
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