Ombre wall {sorta}

A couple of months ago I decided to take down a large tapestry that hung over the bed in one of the bedrooms in our guest house.  I wanted to update the room and put this awesome horse picture I got at HomeGoods in it’s place.

Horse artwork

But I ran into a problem. Do you see the faded outline where the old tapestry was?  Word to the wise, don’t put grasscloth in direct sun. I was bummed because I had paid someone to put up the grasscloth and now it looked like crap. {I was also in the process of changing out the wall lights, that’s why they are all crooked} At the time I wasn’t in the mood to take the paper down so I decided to reupholster the headboard instead, thinking it would draw your eye away from the fading. I took the headboard outside and upholstered right over the existing fabric {lazy I know}

Navy velvet headboard

The headboard did look nicer now with the new navy velvet on it, but the fading wallpaper still bugged me

Navy velvet headboard-2

Last week I decided to freshen up the whole guest house with some new paint . I asked my go to painter to come do it since it was a too big of a job for me to do by myself.  Then I asked on a whim if they took down wallpaper, and they said yes.  Woohoo! I  was a little disappointed because I still liked the idea of an accent wall behind the headboard, but didn’t want to do wallpaper again.  Then I remembered this picture in the West Elm catalogWest Elm Bed wallI am in love with the ombre wall behind the bed.  Isn’t it cool?  I have no idea how they did it, but I had been itching to try and re-create it. And now that the wallpaper was gone I felt this was the perfect wall to try it on.  The paint I chose for the room was SW Aloof Gray, it’s a gray green.

aloof-gray

I had the painters paint the headboard wall 50% of the aloof grey, and when they left I started on the ombre wall.  Thinking of course that it would only take me a couple of hours since half the work was already done for me.  WRONG  At first I tried using the full strength of the Aloof Gray on the bottom and work my way up to the lighter version…my first mistake of many to come

Navy ombre wall

Seriously, you couldn’t even tell the difference in the variations of colors.  Then I went down and got sample pots of the darker colors of Aloof Gray.  That didn’t work.  When I put the colors on the wall it looked like an Army fatigue outfit.

Aloof Gray

So then I decided to try the the navy like the West Elm picture.  I was a little apprehensive to use navy against navy but at this point I was willing to try anything.  I had SW Naval on hand so I just started painting, and I loved it!

Navy ombre wall

I added some glaze to the next section and a little bit of white

Navy ombre wall

I was intentionally trying to give the wall a soft look like the picture so I used a mini roller and criss crossed my strokes.  I didn’t want straight lines. The inspiration picture had blurred lines so I was trying to copy that.

Navy ombre wall

The second section I used more glaze a tad bit more white.  Adding a little of the darker naval here and there with a rag

Navy ombre wall

Once the first coat dried, I went back over each section with the same colors using a larger roller {And yes, these are crummy cell phone pictures}  I even put the inspiration picture side by side on my phone to see how I was comparing on the technique

Navy ombre wall

At this point I was tired.  I mean beat, couldn’t go on any more tired.  I worked on this wall for 3 days, I was burnt out and I just couldn’t do anymore.  So much for my couple of hours and I’m done! I decided to stop at this point and forego the puffy cloud spots on the lightest color like they did in the inspiration picture.

Navy ombre wall

I figured I could go back and do it later.  But once I hung the horse picture back up, ya know, I kind of like the way it turned out, even with the puffy part missing.

Navy ombre wall

The straight line at the top kind of works I think, do you? It was really hard to capture the true colors and effect of the ombre wall.  I was going by the seat of my pants doing this ombre wall, but the funny thing is, the way I ended up doing it gave it depth and  texture.  Totally a fluke.  It was hard to capture the true colors and depth I created even with my good camera, so here are some close ups {oh and by the way, the silver wall sconces in the previous pictures were changed out to the brass ones you see here.  The silver ones went into the other bedroom}

Navy ombre wall

Navy ombre wall

Navy ombre wall

The bedroom has a big window and a sliding glass door, so I was getting a lot of reflection in my pictures. Overall I am happy with the way it turned out. Most of all I am just glad I’m done.

Navy ombre wall

Navy ombre wall

Will I go back and add to it…maybe.   I have guest arriving in July, and there is a lot more in the rest of the guest house to be done before they come.  So for now, I’m calling this ombre wall done. What do you think?  What would you do?

 

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Comments

  1. I love how everything turned out. And I really want the horse picture and your gorgeous wall sconces

  2. I love it! somehow… I was thinking you were changing the other bedroom…. you did do something in there, right?

    Love the headboard and that horse picture! so gorgeous on that new ombre wall! Sorry it was so much work, but totally worth it I think. :)

    gail

  3. I love it! somehow… I was thinking you were changing the other bedroom…. you did do something in there, right?

    Love the headboard and that horse picture! so gorgeous on that new ombre wall! Sorry it was so much work, but totally worth it I think. :)

    gail

  4. Stephanie, I absolutely think it works! It looks awesome just as is!! The horse artwork looks great in there, too!

  5. Oh my gosh… the paint job looks SO cool, especially with that amazing headboard!!! I have a huge crush on blue velvet <3 Beautifully done, Stephanie!!

  6. I LOVE this! This wall turned out so wonderfully and looks amazing with the side lamps and tufted headboard. Nicely done!!

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