Steps // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint
1 ×

Pour roughly equal amounts

 
Step One // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Pour roughly equal amounts

mixing two chalk paints together for lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Mix equal amounts of the two blues onto a silicone paint-mixing mat, once the base coat is completely dry.

 
2 ×

Work the two blues together

 
Step Two // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Work the two blues together

mixing chalk paint together for lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Use a piece of stiff cardboard and a scraping motion to blend the paint.

 
3 ×

Move to the wall

 
Step Three // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Move to the wall

applying chalk paint with a piece of cardboard for lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Use the cardboard to create the biggest layer of color by softly scraping and varying pressure as you move along, angling the cardboard and using one or two hands. Let the creamy base color show through in spots.

 
4 ×

Add a few accents

 
Step Four // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Add a few accents

further roughing up chalk paint with a piece of cardboard for lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Blend some warm taupe with bits of the two blues that remain on the mat, and use the cardboard to apply it here and there.

 
5 ×

Create a blue-gray

 
Step Five // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Create a blue-gray

roughing up some more chalk paint with a piece of cardboard for lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Tint white with smaller amounts of the two blues and a bit of the taupe; apply as in Step 3. Do a final sweep with white, allowing glimpses of the colors underneath to show through. Allow white to dominate in some areas, blue-green in others.

 
6 ×

Smooth the layers

 
Step Six // How to Rough up a Wall with Paint

Smooth the layers

using a buffer to smooth the layers of a lime-washed look wall
Photo by Christopher Drake

Use sandpaper to take care of any hard edges, then add sheen with a buffing pad. Seal the wall with a layer of wax, if you wish. Flatter the finished wall with a shapely furniture piece in front of it, and keep the rest of the decor clean and simple.

 
 

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