My formal living room has been under a major spontaneous renovation! It all started with the Vintage Mirror I found at Goodwill. After refinishing it and putting it up, I decided I needed to give our rustic Fireplace a more clean and polished look. The fireplace was my first experience using Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint, and I was hooked! I decided to go ahead and paint the entire room with Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint, and I’m really happy with how it turned out! It’s harder to tell in photos, but in person the walls give off a subtle shimmery shine that is really beautiful!
The color I went with is Blue Zircon ME 108. This project was A LOT of work! It took me 4 days to finish as I had to prime our red walls first! Sorry for the below photo from Greta’s 1st Birthday Party…I think I’m learning my lesson to go ahead and take before photos haha
The room has been brightened up so much!
So now that Phase 3 is complete, I can start focusing on Phase 4…decor! I’m going to have a lot of fun figuring out the new mantle decor and curtains! I’ll keep you posted on what I decide to go with! Curtains are my least favorite thing to buy and decide on, so any suggestions, by all means please share!
TIPS FOR USING RALPH LAUREN METALLIC PAINT
- Prime your walls first – primer is a lot cheaper than the paint so you can save a lot of money this way! I got a blue tinted primer which helped a lot too!
- Prime your walls evenly. I tried to get by on one coat and it backfired on me. Go ahead and do two coats of primer because the Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint will show the flaws under. You can fix these flaws by adding more coats of the Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint – which I did – but this is going to cost you more money and time in the long run.
- Invest in the Ralph Lauren rollers suggested, Specialty Paint Roller Cover and Sea Sponge Roller. You need these to get the desired hammered like metallic look. I also got the Mini Trim Roller, which was extremely helpful in hitting the edges. I found edging with that then immediately rolling the rest of the wall gave me the best finish. You don’t want to let the edges sit though as you’ll get a difficult line to cover.
- Prepare yourself for some time consuming work. This paint isn’t like other paints, but don’t let that intimidate you! You need to apply carefully to avoid lines…and you NEED to let it dry at least 2 hours in between each coat!
- I suggest 2 coats of primer then one coat of the Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint with the Specialty Paint Roller Cover then another coat with the Sea Sponge Roller. Once dried, touch up any areas that aren’t satisfactory with with the Sea Sponge Roller and included Sea Sponge.