French Inspired Wall

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Sam and I recently painted a focal wall at Not Too Shabby.  

Let's start with inspiration pictures from Pinterist (where else!).  

I really love this wall; however, there is no way I have enough time to hand draw this design on a wall.  

Don't you just love this blue! 

Clearly I'm in love with gold, blue, & white.  Sam & I gathered our supplies, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Duck Egg & Old Ochre.  Along with 3 gilding waxes ( King Gold, Silver, Copper), and some mineral spirits.  Final piece de la resistance is a Royal Design Sudio stencil.

We started with painting one coat of Chalk Paint® Duck Egg.  We actually refrigerated the can for a couple hours to thicken the paint.  This way we only had to do one full coat over the grey wall.  Samantha took the top half of the wall & I painted the bottom half.

The paint dries so quickly, we were able to immediately wash Chalk Paint® Old Ochre over the Duck Egg Blue. The wash dried in minutes, so we washed a clear/dark wax mineral spirits blend over the entire wall.  Really starting to love it!

Now we had fun with the Royal Design Studio Stencil & the gilding waxes.  We picked the Small Scrollallover stencil, which is a great design that lends to formal pattern or randomness.  
First we mixed the copper gilding wax with mineral spirits to make it liquid, similar to pudding when it starts to set-up.  Then we brushed it on the wall, randomly placing the stencil, all over the wall.

We could have easily used Royal Design Studio Stencil Creme but I already had the gilding waxes open.  Next wall we'll try the stencil creme and compare.

Because we liquified the gilding wax, it took about 12 hours to dry.  After the first go around of copper, we overlapped with the same pattern in a Silver/King Gold blend.  

The wall is amazing.  It turned out exactly the way I wanted.  

I love that the gilding wax dried with texture, really feeling like textured wallpaper.  
Stop by the store to check the wall out on your own.  


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