Room Paint DIY: Drippy Wall

We have been doing some very exciting paint projects behind the scenes these last few months, and this one has to be my favourite.
It's a very simple project although it takes a bit of planning, but once you get it right, it's great fun. Try your own room paint DIY this Spring with a riot of colour!
You will need:
A variety of paint colours (we used Chalk Paint ® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Emperor’s Silk, Napoleonic Blue, Antibes, Barcelona Orange, English Yellow and Florence).
A different 20ml syringe for each colour
Masking tape, drop sheets and paper to protect your floors
How to:
At first, I used 20ml per line – THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH! The paint kept running and running for a good 30mins after application, so start with between 3 and 5ml until you get the hang of it.
Then it’s really as simple as sucking the paint into the syringe (don’t dilute it),
carefully placing the syringe as close to the cornice as possible,
and slowly pushing the paint out!
I finished one colour at a time, keeping the lines dense and long on the one end and making them gradually more sparse and shorter toward the other end of the wall.
It’s amazing to see what the paint does: some of the lines run perfectly straight down, others have a mind of their own and go off in their own direction (the fan that we turned on at some point may have had something to do with a few of them taking off diagonally!). Some of the lines even merged to form new and interesting colours of their own. So all in all, every wall using this method will be entirely unique!
We’d love to see what you do with this, so choose a wall, get your paint out and get creative. Please send us your pictures!

Resources for this project:

CHALK PAINT (R) by Annie Sloan - Napoleonic Blue (Quart - 32oz) –...
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Gra17007163
    on Sep 10, 2018

    Could this be done on a concrete floor by just swirling the different colors around out of a syringe? Same type of paint???

    • Jude
      on Dec 13, 2019

      I did that starting with white paint in a converted warehouse. Then I used those little craft paint bottles. For the workshop, I started with red, spattering, dripping, flinging... (After the first color, red, it looked like a murder scene, but changed as some as I added the other colors.) I topped it with a clear sealer. In the kitchen, I painted a braid pattern around the edges and threw clear and colored glitter into the clear topcoat. They both looked great and are still going strong several years later.

  • Diane
    on Nov 1, 2018

    Why chalk paint???

      on Nov 2, 2018

      Great question! I had a lot of chalk paint left over after another project. Any paint suitable for walls will do, however 😊

  • Debbie
    on Nov 10, 2019

    I would like to try this on a bathroom wall. Would some type of sealer need to be used for cleaning?

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  • Tamela Gates
    on May 19, 2019

    I will have to try this out in either my son's room or the spare room. Thanks for the inspiration! It looks like an awesomely creative project! 🖌️🤗

  • Land
    on Oct 14, 2019

    I'd love to do this with some kind of shimmer paint in silver on my graiege bedroom walls. Love it!

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