Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Grey Scale Ombre Wall: MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party

I am very excited to be participating in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party that begins today at noon EST.

 About the Paint Party:
A group of DIY bloggers, including myself, have completed projects using MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. Now we are revealing our work and giving you the opportunity to win some paint for your own DIY projects! I painted a grey-scale ombre wall, which was a little crazy and challenging, but a lot of fun. You can check out more details below. Be sure to jump to the other blogs in the party for even more inspiration - there are some really talented people taking part!

Win Some Paint:
If you’d like a chance to win a sample of MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® for your own project, simply comment on my post and share how you’d use MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® in your next project. Feel free to comment on the other blogs in the party too – they’ll all be giving away samples! For a second chance to win, tweet your project ideas to @MyColorPaints using hashtag #PassItOn. You can also like the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Facebook page to get access to the schedule for today’s parties as well as more paint parties going on this month! For another entry, share your project ideas on the Facebook page!

Participants that You Won't Want to Miss:
·  Kristen @ Kristen F. Davis Designs *Go Back to the Beginning!*
·  Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife *You Are Here!*
·  Julie @ Belle Maison *Continue to this Blog Next!*
·  Denise @ Pink Postcard
·  Suzan @ Simply Vintageous

Without further ado, my ombre wall!

While I love grey, our playroom is a large room, and the grey on such a large scale was a little underwhelming. I wanted to add a focal point to add definition and interest to the room. Here is a before shot of the wall that I painted, after I had cleared away the furniture:

And the after:

And the process:

1. I taped off the trim, fireplace, and the corners of the wall with painters tape.
2. I measured the wall and marked with a pencil where I wanted what colors to go.

3. Cut in! I ended up painting the entire wall with a brush. I started at the top with my lightest color.
4. Paint color number 2 below color number 1.
5. Blend, blend, blend. I used a mixture of a dry paint brush, and a dry rag to blend the two colors together. I went section by section, painting the second color, then blending, before moving on to the next section.
6. Repeat. And again. And again.
7. Touch up any spots that are uneven. You can always paint back over it with lighter or darker!

-I used the paint colors Lunar Rock, Cloudburst, and Phantom by MyColor inspired by Pantone. I also blended Cloudburst and Phantom for the second darkest shade of grey.

Total Time Spent: ~ 6-7 hours

I was really nervous about how this would turn out. I really went out on a limb, and there were moments when I had my doubts. But it looks really awesome, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. It's dramatic, but that is what I was going for.

I really liked the MyColor paint. It was very low odor, and I got amazing coverage. I couldn't believe that I could paint part of the wall black with only one coat! Not to mention, I was painting on plaster.

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® reached out to me to participate in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party. My post represents my honest experience with MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint to use for this project.

 And this is what I look like painting on a 10 foot ladder at 1 AM....

Don't forget to enter the giveaway and visit the other participants!


Noble Vintage said...

wow, that is impressive. 1 am??! :) I love the new look, and your fireplace mantel is incredible. Nicely done!

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

Wow, what an impact that wall has! And what fun it is!!
Great contest! So wonderful that it's open to Canadians, too!! I've visited their website, Facebook and had fun tweeting. Thanks for the opportunity!
I have to paint the furniture and some decor in the guest room and I would love to do it using Slate Green, Whitecap Grey and Goat.
Debbie :)

Kristen said...

really cool, caroline!

shannon said...

Fun, gutsy project, Caroline! Looks great!

Julie @ Belle Maison said...

Love what you did! So creative and "outside the box." xo - Julie

Grey said...

Brave and successful choice for your wall! Terrific contest to see you all create such wonderful pieces with this paint along with your comments about the paints--Thank you--I can think of several ways I could use some samples at my house.

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

Thanks for showing how you did the ombre effect!! Love that Frog's breath jar!! ~Deanna

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Great giveaway! I'm excited it's open to Canadians. Popping over from Simply Vintageous. I'm going to be redecorating my guest room with blues and grays with gold accents so I'd like the Medievel Blue, Goat, and Nugget. Your ombre wall looks amazing. Very cool! Thanks for the giveaway.
Tuula :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow! That's one impressive wall, Caroline!!! Waaay cool! Great job!

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oops! Forgot to tell you that I have a basement full of vintage furniture that I need to paint to bring to my booth to sell! I need paint! :)

xoxo laurie

Unknown said...

Hi Caroline - so nice to " meet " you - I was a fellow participant in this party - absolutely LOVE your ombre wall - great job

throuthehaze said...

Looks great! I have some owl bookends that I would love to paint the color Carrot.

Jessica Rothrock said...

Sweet colors and awesome playroom! Love the baseboards in your house too!

The Parker's said...

LOVE it!! It's SO dramatic! I'm definitely not as paint-color gutsy as you fantastically are, but I do have a beige nursery that needs some sort of sprucing up!! Can't wait to see the playroom in person!

Erin Lawson said...

I don't know what I love more? The ombre wall or the fact that you were brave enough to try an ombre wall! It looks SO awesome!

Amy W said...

I love it! Very cool!

Katie Olthoff said...

Very neat! I'm going to paint our dining room gray, too!