How do I repaint a wall so the old color shows through?

I had a painter paint an accent color on one wall almost two years ago. It was supposed to be a teal blue color, like Carribean water. Instead, it’s a dark teal green, and I hate it. But, this is my special wall in a house with only off-white and beige walls. Could I paint a lighter blue-green shade over it, but so that the darker green shows through, too? Maybe a white wash effect, using my hair dryer and a long extension cord to add bubbles and swirls as I do a 6’ sq. section at a time. I am not an artist, so I can’t paint real waves, but I thought I could give an impression of waves and deeper color this way. I have all the painting equipment I need except for more long rollers, and I think 1 gallon of paint, maybe Behr or another name brand would do the job. I even have lots of drop cloths and a creative son. What do you say, Hometalk? Could I have the paint and rollers? And Hometalkers, has anyone who is an amateur done something like this? Gimme suggestions, friends! ☺️

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  • William William on Aug 27, 2018

    I always prime the walls before painting. I use Kilz. It seals the walls from bleeding, brings out the natural color of the finish paint, and makes it more vibrant.


    Wall murals painted by other Hometalkers.


    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=paint%20wall%20mural

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on Aug 27, 2018

    https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-a-Wall


    https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-over-Existing-Oil-Paint-in-Your-Home


    My husband just painted all the rooms in our home that we bought a year ago, and is now painting the vinyl siding outside on the house. We like Benjamin Moore paint because many times we don't have to use more than one coat (depending on color of course all ready on the wall).


    Best wishes to you on your painting experience!

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 28, 2018

      Thanks, Betty! Our big B Moore store was made into a tiny one, and I seldom think of it. Good advice. ☺️

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 27, 2018

    William, thanks for all the info, sincerely. I got lost pulling up site after site. I got some really good ideas.

    I would like to learn how to copy urls to put them in my answers. But when I get anywhere near the url, it opens automatically. I do almost all my work on my phone. So I have a small window and most urls are longer than the window. Any advice on this? ☺️