'Tea-Stained' Walls

from Creative Home
Create this wheat-color wall finish in a weekend for instant character and color in any room.

Each day starts with sunshine in this breakfast room because the walls are painted the colors of a bright midsummer day. If you use the technique in a high-traffic room, finish the walls with a clear glaze so it resists wear and tear and you can wipe it down easily.

Gather Your Supplies

  • Sherwin-Williams satin-finish latex paint: Jersey Cream #SW6379
  • Paint roller: smooth-surface foller with extension handle
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist’s Pigment: Burnt Umber #462 (BU)
  • Plaid FolkArt glazing medium #991
  • Soft utility sponge
  • Clean cloth

Start to Finish
1. Base-coat walls with Jersey Cream. Let dry 24 hours.
2. Mix the “tea-stain” glaze using 1 part BU and 3 parts glazing medium; adjust the color intensity by adding more or less glazing medium to the mixture. With a dampened sponge, apply the glaze to the wall, starting in the upper left corner. Use a large circular scrubbing motion, overlapping strokes as if washing the wall; the more overlaps, the darker the wall will become. Be careful not to overlap too often or you will pull off the undercoats of glaze, leaving uneven spots on the wall, which are hard to remove or cover. If an area is not turning out even or to your liking, scrub using the same motion with a damp, clean sponge. Continue until the area is glazed to the desired shade.
3. Refill the sponge with glaze and keep moving across and down the wall, covering it completely. Around the ceiling, doors, and windows, pull the sponge along the edge of the molding then scrub up to the glazed area. Wipe off molding with a damp, clean cloth to remove excess glaze while it is still wet.
4. Let the glaze dry. Repeat the process if you want the walls to be darker; let dry 24 hours.
5. If this finish is used in a bathroom or kitchen, seal the walls with an even coat of glazing medium so the walls can be wiped down.

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