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Blending Paint Technique for a Laundry Room

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Ready for a fresh look in your laundry room? Try this unusual painting method in which colors are applied in a gradated fashion.

Laundry Room

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Standard level
  • Pencil

Materials

  • 5 - 4" multipurpose paint rollers (#44857)
  • 3" paintbrush (#42433)
  • 4 trim brushes (#103407)

1 quart Valspar interior eggshell finish:

  • Peaceful Leaf (#6004-8A)
  • Green Supreme (#6001-7C)
  • Gentle Landscape (#6004-7C)
  • Sprig of Mint (#6004-7B)
  • Mint Gala (#6001-7B

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Instructions

Step 1

Measure and mark five equal sections on the wall with a pencil. Using a level, lightly draw horizontal lines.

Step 2

Using the lines as general guides, paint each section a color, using a trim brush and a small 4" roller. (We used a separate roller for each.) Ours, from top to bottom: darkest blue, lightest blue, lightest green, mid-tone green, and darkest green. Let dry.

Step 3

Roll the top color (darkest blue) over that same color again, but also overlap it into the next stripe (lightest blue). Then roll that stripe's color (lightest blue) to overlap the previous stripe (darkest blue).

Step 4

Immediately dip a clean 3" paintbrush into both colors and blend the two colors. (Brush horizontally.) Continue brushing until the line between the colors is smooth and blurred.

Step 5

Laundry room blending technique detail view

Continue blending each stripe into the next until you get a smooth transition between each color.