Creating An Ombre Feature Wall Finish With Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

DIY Upgrades 03.03.15
Our new blog, The Palette, is designed to inspire your creativity with wonderful projects, tutorials and more. This week, we share a unique way to bring color into your space with our ombre wall finish. Our in-studio trainer and artist, Jane, has helped create this beautiful feature wall for our stairway alcove by blending together various colors of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Let's take a closer look at how she did it.
We started off with a plain, white wall that would've otherwise gotten easily overlooked as you walked up the stairs to our new Unfolded office. It was the perfect area to bring in a burst of color.
Rather than using a paintbrush, Jane troweled different Chalk Paint® color mixes onto the wall, creating a textured ombre effect with Coco, Old Ochre, Chateau Grey, Old White, Pure White and Graphite!
Jane began by mixing her paint with a ratio of:
1:1 Graphite/Coco
1:1 Coco/Country Grey
1:1 Country Grey/Old Ochre
1:1 Old Ochre/Old White
*Note: You can also mix your favorite color with different levels of Pure White Chalk Paint® to achieve a similar "one-tone" ombre effect for a similar look.
Jane applied the Coco/Graphite mixture onto the end of her trowel. You can find a similar trowel like the one picture above at your local hardware store. Begin by pressing the trowel against the bottom of the wall and pushing the paint upwards. You can get creative with it by trowel in different directions in order to get a more textured feel to your wall.
Next, begin by slowly transitioning from your Coco/Graphite mix to plain Coco as you work your way up the wall. The transitions should go as followed:
-Coco/Graphite to Coco
-Coco/Country Grey to Country Grey
-Country Grey/Old Ochre to Old Ochre
-Old Ochre/Old White
-Old White to Pure White
Once you've reached the top, you can complete the look by filling in any open areas with a paintbrush as needed. Your new ombre accent wall is now ready to go and unless you want a shinier finish, there's no need to seal it with Soft Wax.
With all of the colors in the Chalk Paint® palette, which color scheme will you go with? The possibilities are truly endless! We hope we've inspired you to try a great, new finish, one that not only looks great on an accent wall but on furniture too!
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