The project went well and set me off to thinking what else would look great as green marble. Our new house was a vast landscape of white walls and I really wanted to start infusing some color. The master bedroom had a great trey ceiling. Trey ceilings fascinate me as there are so many things you can do with them. Hmmmm…. Well, it just had to happen. So I got out the paints and brushes and created a new look for the bedroom.
For the ceiling, I used:
1 gallon can of dark forest green paint
Acrylic paint in wicker white
I started by painting the walls a dark olive green, keeping the trim work white. Then I painted the trey part of the ceiling a deep dark forest green. I allowed it to dry and then went to the next step.
Taking the leftover paint, I mixed up two different lighter shades of green by adding different amounts of wicker white acrylic paint. You can find this type of paint at any craft supply store. I made one batch of color in the medium green family and one in the lighter green family. Use a palette or even in this case a paint tray to put a bit of each color in separate areas. Add a bit of water to thin the consistency of the paint. You will work with both colors at the same time, using two different sponges.
Several hints that I found out the hard way:
1- Do not have someone else help you apply the colors. You will establish your own technique shortly into this project and if someone else is working from the other side of the room, the difference will be obvious. Kind of a bummer, I know, but look at it this way- at least you can say that you did it all by yourself!
2- Working on the ceiling can be hard on your neck and your back. And I also discovered that it is at least 10 degrees warmer up there than it is on ground level. Being a short person, I’m not used to the thin air up there. Seriously, though, work on it in sections and take a break now and then. It gave me even more respect for poor Michelangelo, who spent four long years painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
3- Be sure to anchor your paint tray to the top of the ladder. Paint is very hard to get out of carpet. Not that I would know anything about that. Just sayin’.
To finish this project, I added an inexpensive ceiling fan medallion. I painted it white and then detailed some of the trim with metallic gold paint.
Total redo for this bedroom was a little under $50 and we have a distinctive new look. A major crick in my neck, but definitely a new look.
If you like this faux technique, check out my faux textured chair rail tutorial. It’s an expensive look that you can create on a tight budget.
For inexpensive artwork, check out my quilled monogram tutorial.