A Coat of Monchromatic Colors

Most people called their moms for Mother’s Day. My mom lives with me, so after church, we gave her the card and tool set we bought her. Then I proceeded to tear apart my dining room.

Turned the table and laid out all the china!

What I want to know is how in the world did the inside of the china cabinet get so dusty? It wasn’t as bad as the outside though! We do dust (sometimes), but not nearly as often as we should, especially with my allergies.

Anywho, the whole point of pulling things out was not to clean but to paint the wall. After we put the paintings up, I felt like it needed an accent color. I considered teal to match the accent color we have throughout the downstairs.

I also thought about this tutorial I saw once about creating a watercolor effect on your walls. I think it’s misnamed because it’s really more of a cloud effect, but that’s just being pedantic. (The hands are watercolor, but are more realistic. The cloudy background is also watercolor, and is the effect I had in mind for the wall.) I also toyed with blue tones as well as the gray tones, but ultimately stayed with the gray.

All the grays!

After several days of deliberation, we selected three shades of warm grays by PPG from Home Depot: Bark, Lazy Afternoon, and Swirling Smoke. We bought a quart of each color in their PPG Diamond eggshell finish.

After we started unpacking everything, and I read the tutorial again for the sixth time, did I realize she used a glaze. I crossed my fingers. Then Kidlet asked if she could help. We put on our matching painting shirts, and I did my best to keep a lid on my need to control everything. I put her in charge of initially blending the colors together after I rolled them on. Pro-tip: either do this project in small sections, or have someone help you blend. It’s much easier to blend when the paint is actually wet. Even this ten-foot section of wall had us reapplying colors in some places to blend them together better.

She did a pretty good job blending!

She did a pretty good job with the brush! The instructions said to use water to help thin the paint, but my spray bottle doesn’t mist, it just streams. It just caused runny streaks down the wall. We abandoned it pretty quickly. Between the brush and the rag, we did a pretty good job if we got to blending right away though.

We actually put three colors on, with the intention of blending the Swirling Smoke into the base color of the wall that was already there. It turns out, it’s almost a perfect match for the wall. I thought our original paint was eggshell, but it might be matte. Or it might be the difference between Sherwin Williams’ eggshell finish and PPG’s eggshell finish. It’s crazy how close it is though.

You can see the sheen from the wet Swirling Smoke paint here.

I have to say, though, the finished wall is just stunning. I might have to go back and get another quart of Bark to go around the corner a little more. I’m undecided and might sit on it a day or two. We have that entry hall way decorated a bit differently.


Yes. I did paint my wall to match the Lord’s Supper paintings I made. Isn’t that what everyone does?

I did move the dining table back in place. Now I just need to tidy up the rest of the house so we can invite friends over for dinner!

The paintings look so tiny from here!

So whether you eat or drink, or do anything else, do everything to the glory of God.

1 Cor 10:31 (EHV)

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