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Toning Down Blue Paint - Paint Fixers

If you have chosen a blue paint that you thought was just the right color and found it was nothing like you expected it to look on your wall, you can tone it down by color washing. Blue paint is a tricky color to choose as it usually comes much deeper on your wall than your paint sample.

A simple solution is to color wash with gray/cream tones. If you have some gray latex (satin or flat/ not gloss) paint at home, you can use it. Otherwise go to a craft store and buy a 1 or 2 ounce sample of latex craft paint in cream or white and one in gray. Tape your trim and use drop cloths as you would on any paint job. Squirt about 2 teaspoons of white and an equal amount of gray paint into a plastic bowl and add about 1 Ĺ cups of water. Mix well. You can use more cream or more gray depending on the tones you want, but a mix of the two seems to give a softer tone. More cream will lighten the color a bit. Experiment on your wall until you have the color you want. You may add more water if necessary. Using a cotton cloth, immerse the cloth in the solution, wring out the excess liquid, and simply go over your wall as if you were washing it. The paint will come on in streaks at first, but keep blending it into the wall until it is even. As it dries, you will notice a softer tone to the blue.

This is a little scary to try at first, but if you donít like what you see at first, you can simply wash it immediately with soap and water. It goes on very fast and is much easier than repainting. I had what I thought was a soft turquoise that turned out TURQUOISE on my wall. This technique saved me the cost and work of repainting.

TIP: Wear rubber gloves when you do this, as the paint does tend to get into your fingernails.


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