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ombre painted wave wall

Progress continues in the kids’ bathroom mini makeover with a super fun painted wall.

wave-wall-through-mirror

Let me start at the beginning …

blank-wall

This is the wall opposite the sinks/mirror. I took inspiration from my very favorite art print and thought painting ombre waves on the wall would be a fun way to fill it up and add a bit of color and whimsy to the room.

I began by sketching waves onto the wall with a pencil.

draw-waves-with-pencil

Then using a few shades of paint (two blues leftover from other rooms) and white, I mixed up seven colors starting light and getting darker as I moved down the wall.

mixing-paint-for-wave-wall

Originally I wanted the waves to have a watercolor look, so I mixed in a few drops of water to thin the paint.      wave-wall-progress

Once finished, I decided the top wave was way too dark, so I painted over it in the white wall color and planned on going back over it with a lighter blue.

wave-wall-day-one

This is how it looked at the end of day one:

instagram-photo-waves

Cute … sort of.  I liked the idea, but I was not crazy about how splotchy the paint looked. The whole ‘watercolor’ thing did not turn out.

So yesterday I went over the whole thing a second time, mixing paint without water this time.

second-coat-of-painted-waves

I love it so much more now!  wave-wall-finished

(the paint was still wet, so the color looks funky in that second row).

wave-wall-through-mirror

The wall hides behind the door, but it is visible from the mirror. The kids think it’s fun and I am happy to have some subtle color in the bathroom. It’s still a total mess in there, but I’ll keep plugging away and hopefully have it done soon!

11 thoughts on “ombre painted wave wall”

  1. You did a wonderful job, it looks wonderful! Definitely adds a interest factor to a bathroom
    I am going to do an ombre design as well, in my daughters room, but with scallops.

  2. So cute! I have a beach bathroom as well in shades of blue, so love this idea. I also had your iPhone print of this on my phone all last summer and just added it back a few days ago, the perfect summertime vibe.

  3. That is also my favorite art print from you and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this on Insta. It’ss a great idea for their bathroom – you are SO dang talented! Thanks for sharing

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