How to Color Wash Walls as Cheaply as Possible!
How to Colorwash Walls as Cheaply as Possible
To colorwash walls as cheaply as possible start with quality paint...and then water it down. That's it! You are now going to extend your paint about 3 times. I used a free 2 oz. paint sample to do the two walls (see images below).
To do the technique on the walls, you'll need:
2 ounces of no/low VOC paint*
5-6 ounces of water (start with 5 ounces and see if you like the look)
*I can only recommend no (or low) VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to cut down on the toxins in our homes. If you use cheap paint or a paint that does not specifically say 'no or low VOC' you may get flu-like symptoms.
Mix the paint and water thoroughly. Apply by rubbing it on the walls with the cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will give it a more textured look.
My walls were (dirty) white to begin with, thus the light look. The color I used for the colorwash is a medium taupe.
Please note that the walls in the picture are plaster walls. I have used the technique on inner walls made of wallboard but you will not get the slightly roughened look - the walls are too smooth. Also with wallboard I used just a bit more paint and less water to avoid possibly damaging the walls.
If you want lighter colorwashed walls do not add more water. Instead use a lighter colored paint.
I've done this with red, and yellow paints also.
See link below for information about low and zero VOC paints:
- Using Zero VOC Red Paint in My Living Room
Indoor air can be toxic because of the paint you use. Some years ago I thought I was coming down with the flu and it turned out to be the paint I had just used in my living room. There are safer options now.