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Today I am sharing how to paint over blue walls with white paint with no streaks. Blue wall paint can be very difficult to paint over but using a quality paint primer is the key to painting over blue walls with white paint and not ending up with streaks showing through the lighter color.
Dark blue walls can be tricky to paint over and the secret is to use a high quality paint primer. This will determine how many coats of white paint you need to paint over dark walls and not have streaks.
How to Paint over blue wall paint
Did you see the small guest bedroom makeover that we did for my son? The bedroom room originally had dark blue walls. The goal of the bedroom makeover was to brighten up the room with a lighter paint color. I decided to use a white paint color by Sherwin Williams Westhighland White and wow, it’s gorgeous!
How many coats of white paint to cover dark walls
Painting over dark walls whether the wall color is blue, black or red is tricky and time consuming especially if you do not prep your wall first with a primer. Especially if you are painting over dark walls with a white paint color. Like I said earlier, the biggest painting tip I can offer is to always use a high quality primer and paint color
As many of you know, we have partnered with Sherwin-Williams for years and I absolutely love their paint.
Steps to Painting Over Blue Walls
- We applied 1.5 gallons of Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Latex Primer over the blue walls.
- Once the primer was dry, we applied 2 gallons of Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Satin Finish Westhighland White Paint color to walls.
A fresh coat of Extra White Semi Gloss trim paint by Sherwin Williams also helped brighten up the baseboard, crown molding, window trim and doors.
This room is fairly small and it only took a day or so to complete the painting project. It’s much more fun to paint with someone vs solo painting. One person rolling the walls and one person cutting in the trim makes for speedy completion!
How do you paint over a dark wall color?
Use a quality primer when painting over a dark wall color.
These two posts below share time saving tips and tricks:
SW Westhighland White paint color is my go-to white paint color for any wall or space. It looks more yellow on the color swatch than in real life. I highly recommend you always purchase a sample swatch and apply it to the wall you want to paint. Keep it on the wall for a couple days and see if you like the color during the day and evening.
In fact, our entire house is painted Westhighland White. It’s a neutral white that coordinates with warm or cool tones and will absolutely brighten up any space.
The Sherwin Williams Westhighland White paint color in our foyer and dining area below helped keep the dark trim and doors light and airy. We have since painted all of our wood trim in the house Westhighland White and wow, what a difference! Click through, how to paint wood trim, to see the before and after.
How to paint over dark walls
- Paint Brush
- Paint roller and handle
Instructions : Step by Step
- Add one coat of primer to the wall with a brush and roller
- Once dry, add a second coat if necessary
- Once dry, add one coat of finish paint
- Once dry, add a second coat of finish paint
Paint Color Review Posts You Don’t Want To Miss
- Sherwin Williams Westhighland White (a neutral white with a little warmth)
- Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (a beautiful blue green)
- Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (the color we used in our kitchen renovation)
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a cool white we used at our lake house)
- Benjamin Moore Advance Paint (best kitchen cabinet paint)
Now is a great time to get some projects done in your house. I know for me, being stuck in the house is driving me crazy. How many of you have dark walls that you would love to paint over and create a brighter space?
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