How to Color Glaze Walls

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You can apply the technique of “faux glazing,” (also known as color washing) in order to accent walls, furniture, and entire rooms (you can also go for a linen look, as shown in my previous blog post, “How to Paint a Flag” ).

My first blog post was a lot about glazing, and I thought maybe I should talk more about this basic technique that has so many applications. You can glaze anything from walls to furniture, and it's great for adding depth, softness, and texture.

I mixed three different glaze colors by using one part latex paint to five parts glaze. You can adjust the ratio depending on how translucent you want your glaze to be (more glaze=lighter color). The colors I used here are Labrador Blue, Amethyst Shadow, and North Sea.

First, I painted the walls in Blue Haze with in an eggshell finish

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With your brush spread out, paint each color in an even pattern across the wall. It's quicker and easier to have a separate brush for each different color and glaze that you’re using.

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Here, you can see all the different glaze colors spread across the wall. Pro Tip: I like to tape off the borders of each wall (you can see green painter’s tape on the adjacent wall). This makes for a cleaner look and ensures no overlapping.

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Next, take a clean cotton rag and sponge at the glaze, breaking up the brush marks and leaving behind an interesting texture. You can also use a sea sponge.

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With a clean, dry, soft, natural bristle brush, start brushing at your glaze to soften and blend the rag marks.

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You can also soften your glaze in certain spots by "pouncing" at it with the tip of your fluffy brush (that’s artsy-speak for blending with repeated, bouncy dabs). Keep working the area until you’re satisfied.

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Wait at least 12 hours for your wall to dry, and then apply a clear coat. I like to use a matte finish. Pro Tip: it's important to seal your glaze, as they are NOT durable and can come off your wall with little effort.

Now step back, and enjoy what you’ve created!

Have a project in mind and want to leave it up to the pro? Call me for free estimate! We can discuss different options today!

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  • bit.lyGreetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that produce the most significant
    changes. Many thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MeganSo beautiful!  I’m going to paint my bathroom today with this technique.  Greetings from Canada! ReplyCancel

    • JessicaThanks! Hope your bathroom turns out beautiful and feel free to reach out with questions!ReplyCancel

How to Paint a British Flag Mural

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“Anglophilia,” or an appreciation for all things British, has been on the rise in America since Beatlemania struck. In modern times, our British friends are just as celebrated as ever. The British flag carries a fun connotation, bringing to mind pop culture heroes such as the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Austin Powers, and the Royals. This year’s Best Actress at the Oscars, Olivia Colman, is British!

I had all this in mind when a client recently called me to do a mural in her child’s room. She loved the Union Jack flag concept, envisioning red shelves to compliment it. I loved the idea of softening the flag with a linen-like fade, so as to make the sleeping area more calming. (Side bar: I love all things linen!!)

I’m going to take you through the process step-by-step, so you can replicate this at home!!

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  • 1 gallon eggshell white paint (I really like Benjamin Moore Paints!)
  • 1 quart eggshell paint in Old Navy
  • 1 quart eggshell paint in Million Dollar Red
  • 1 quart eggshell paint in Shoreline
  • 2 quarts of Acrylic Glaze
  • Roll of painter’s tape
  • 1 gallon acrylic polyurethane low luster sheen (Clear Coat)
  • Leveling Tool
  • Measuring tape
  • Brushes (at least one 6 inches wide for glazing, I like natural bristles)
  • Paint roller and tray
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Step 1

Paint your designated area with the eggshell white paint and allow to dry. Then begin sectioning off the cross down the center of your mural. I suggest doing the red sections first, then the old navy blue. You’ll want to use a pencil, level tool and measuring tape to get it as approximate as possible. (you can refer to my homemade template pictured here!)

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Step 2

Now for the fun part: GLAZING! A good glaze-over is the key to creating the beachy fade. You’ll mix up your lime wash with 1 quart of glazing medium and approximately 4 ounces of eggshell paint (I used Shoreline). You’ll want to apply it over the flag in broad, horizontal strokes. Below you will find a YouTube video of me applying the lime wash.

Allow the glaze to dry 8 hours. Next, you’ll want to apply a protective clear coat with a roller. Let dry at least 4 hours.

Step 3

Next apply another layer of lime wash, this time in vertical strokes. The idea is to create a crosshatch “linen” pattern by working the glaze in opposite directions. (Pro-tip: when applying more than one layer of lime wash glaze, apply clear coat in between the dried layers. Glaze creates depth and dimension to your work).

Let dry overnight and add a final clear coat for extra protection.

And Voila - you’re done! Please share with me how this goes for you. 🙂 I love to see pictures!!

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