November 16, 2012 by Carin
Sorry this post isn’t anything dirty like title might subtly suggest. This post is about how I finally completed one of my goals for 2012. I got my rear in gear and painted my living room and hall way. Something I have wanted to do for a better part of a year. I kind of had it in my head to paint it a few weekends ago, but I really wasn’t prepared. So I got my sh*t together during the week and was ready by Friday night of the following week. That was a win all in itself.
I recruited my sister to help me do the cutting in around the trim and my husband rolled the walls (which I suck at). Help is the only way this job got done in 6 hours. If I was left to do it all by myself, I would still be painting!
The room started out with a red wall and beige-y walls that were looking drab and dingy. The curtains we had up were stained with kiddy hand prints and even a peeing accident. The room was ready for a change and so was I. I have been in love with grey rooms for a while now; I know I know it is a trend right now to have grey walls, cabinets, furniture and so on. So we will just say I am on the grey bandwagon. I picked Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Natural Grey which is a really nice neutral grey that isn’t too blue, too green or anything in-between. It also is a light grey that doesn’t feel dark, but really lightens up the room to make it feel fresh and light. I LOVE IT! We have a small living room and it really opens up the room and feels so much brighter, even on a cloudy day.
The Behr Premium Plus Ultra was great to work with. It is paint and primer all in one and it went on the walls like “butter”! I picked up 2 gallons at Home Depot. We had at least 3/4 of a gallon left over because it covered so well and only required one coat. I could have bought 1 gallon and a quart and had more than enough. There are no areas of beige peeking through and the coverage is really consistent. I would totally recommend this paint. It is a little stinky when applying, but the smell goes away with in a few hours. It really is a great paint.
The day after painting I headed to Cost Plus World Market and picked up some new curtains. As mentioned above, our old curtains had seen better days. With some good points made by my sister, I went with a darker curtain with a color print to help hide any kid hand prints and kid messiness. While they aren’t necessarily a pattern I love, they were affordable and gave the room the POP of color I desired.
So lets take a look at some before and afters!
I still need to do some styling of the shelves to make them a little less picture heavy and as my sister would say add a few more “chotsky” type things to break it all up. Also I need to switch out the red lampshade to a more neutral color and get a few new throw pillows to carry the curtain colors into the room.
I totally love how the room looks and feels now and so happy we took a Saturday to update a room in our home. It was well worth the time.
What projects are you up to this weekend? Are you itching to do some painting over the long Thanksgiving weekend?