The problem with a room slowly evolving over time is that what used to be great when you started out sometimes just…isn't anymore.
I loved this grey wall when we first painted it, way back before we got married. Grey was in its heyday all over Pinterest. Our bedroom started out with light grey walls and one dark grey accent wall. Add in a fluffy grey bedspread and two mismatched but coordinating low wooden dressers for nightstands and it was a presentable and even cozy starting out bedroom, if um, very grey. What fun is it when you have everything just right right away?
Whether its my style evolving or just finally figuring out what I like I've been moving away from grey ever since. Now I’m all about warmth, coziness and soft whites and creams with strong accent colors here and there. So the light grey walls were recently painted a soft creamy neutral color and I began staring at the still very grey accent wall with slight dissatisfaction. Could there possibly be an inexpensive way to make it a little more interesting?
I looked at grasscloth because I love the texture, too pricy. I thought it would be fun to use one of the amazing modern wallpaper choices to make a bold accent wall, but that would really cost money. Stenciling, same for the ones I really liked. Besides, I still wanted the wall to be a neutral backdrop….just with a bit more interest and less grey.
Then I saw this:
This is exactly what I want!
Except darker, black over grey maybe, not denim.
With less contrast...just want a little bit of contrast. Yup, black over grey it will be!
I went looking for other bloggers who have done this to get more tips and tricks. I found Heather's post at heatherednest.com and, since she has explained every step in great detail I'll just send you over there if you want to create this look. She creates the denim look but you can layer any colors you choose to get as subtle or as intense a look as you want.
I already had untinted glaze, and I bought a 4 dollar scrub brush (I wasn't sure where to find a weaver brush close by, this worked great!) and a 7 dollar sample pot of black paint. For my 8'x13' wall it took less than a cup of paint, and I didn't need the whole quart of glaze. I had paintbrushes, rollers, tape, etc.
I did try a few trial sections with several kinds of cheap brushes and brooms. I chose to use this scrub brush because it was stiff and had uneven strokes, which I unexpectedly liked very much.
Above you'll see the plain grey wall divided into sections.
And here's the difference when the first sections are done. old grey wall against new textured wall.
And, above, a close up of the finished wall.
I love how the black over dark grey turned out. It's very subtle from farther away but the texture adds just the amount of interest I wanted. It also leans more black than grey now, but isn't a harsh black.
In the photos you will also notice a cheap Ebay scarf wrapped around a body pillow, as well as a floral tank top wrapped around a throw pillow...just experimenting with looks here. If you soon see a tutorial for covering a body pillow or throw pillow, well, this was your sneak peak.
Eventually , hopefully, I will take better photos of the whole textured wall. At the moment I'm trying to crop all the unfinished business out of each photo....like the old metal cart I'm using as a nightstand right now, and the sad DIY lamps I made that always want to slouch crookedly (which are sitting on the floor out of sight in the above photo). Sadly enough, not all of my projects turn out wonderfully. But one of the next projects on my agenda is to stain and finish the beautiful matching nightstands my dad made for us. Then I'll figure out lamps and all the other pretty things and it will be just lovely!
All in good time folks. 🙂