Is there really anything more girlie then glitter or pink? My daughter didn't think so when she helped us pick out her room color. One of our old neighbors told me about adding paint crystals into your paint for a glitter effect. Once we moved in to our new place we got started working on our daughters room, and decided we should give it a try.
I was initially a little worried about the glitter. I thought it may flake off and leave a mess on the floor. Seriously, who wants to clean up glitter?! Trust me it doesn't come off! Somehow it shines and shimmers without coming off, even after you rub and rub like the dickens to "make sure". The paint department at Lowe's said if we ever repaint that room in the future, all we had to do was just prime it first. No crazy sanding involved at all! Can you imagine the mess! We are so in love with it I can't imagine ever repainting. Although, I am sure a day will come when a pink room with glitter isn't "cool" anymore. Until then I am going to soak up every minute of our little princess while she's still young enough to enjoy this stuff.
We picked up 3 little packets of the paint glitter/crystals. So far the only place I know that carries them is Lowe's. The packaging says you only need one or two per gallon of paint, but since we were painting the room a very light pink we wanted to make sure it would sparkle, so we went with 3 of them for extra shine. So glad we did. I would recommend 3 unless you are using a dark color of paint. (just in case you were wondering... they also sell other colors of the glitter/crystals) We liked the silver best for this project.
We mixed our little hears out. You want to add in a little in at a time, otherwise all the paint crystals will sink to the bottom. Ben used a mixing attachment he has on his drill and it worked wonders. The crystals stay suspended in the paint for sometime. After a few days though, they will sink to the bottom of the paint can. The color we selected for her room was Valspar Apricot Fluff.
The picture doesn't really capture the sparkle effect as much as you see in person. It sparkles a fair amount during the day with all the natural light that comes in her room, but at night when its dark it shimmers SO much. We just love it. It was almost impossible to capture the glitter effect with the camera, but here is a little of what it looks like. It really shines so much more then the picture shows. It does go on very evenly and is such a fun treatment to any girls room!
This is where I party....
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