See my blah foyer door? (The grainy pics make it look even bleaker than it really is.)
I also have plans to add some graphic art above the door, that’s a DIY for another time!
In my mind, this project seemed really simple, so I grabbed my trusty helper and got measuring. I made each section increase in size.
I was just using the tape to give me a line to mark a pencil guideline and then I removed it.
Here’s where it all started going downhill….
I painted the lightest color first and then went to the next darkest tone.
These two colors blended fairly well, so it was onto the next color. Then came my dilemma… how to blend the remaining colors. I could have left them with a clean line, but that would have been more like color-blocking than ombre.
I tried using a wet brush, a dry brush, sponges… I tried it all. Epic Fail.
Look at that hideously awful, splotchy door! HA! It’s really, really terrible isn’t it? The hubs said we could add a wooden seagull cutout and it would look like it came right out of a cheesy seafood joint.
Here are my lessons learned (So that you don’t have to make my mistakes):
1- Don’t try decorative painting on a door with indents and grooves. It’s nearly impossible to make things perfect.
2- When going for an ombre effect, get ONE color and then achieve your gradations by adding white paint. That way you won’t have 4 very different colors that you’re trying to blend. (This was my biggest mistake, and I should have known better!)
3- Don’t be afraid to try. Although this project might have driven me a wee bit crazy, it took all of an hour or so and hey, now I can at least say I tried an ombre door once!
So there you have it… we might have been given the title, “Nate’s Favorite DIYers,” but we still have a major flop once in a while. I plan to paint my door solid yellow in the next few days, but until then we’ll keep pretending we live at Larry’s Crab Shack!
Have you ever had a major DIY fail? Do tell! It will make me feel better about the great ombre disaster!
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