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3/4 Painted Pink Walls in Greta’s Room

September 2, 2014

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We painted Greta’s room this weekend! She has wanted a pink room ever since we moved here, and it seemed like something little we could do for her. Even though pink? I thought it wouldn’t fit into our home’s color palette, but as it turns out, it totally does. We all love her room now. Here’s how her room has looked for the past almost year (poor girl.)

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And here’s how it looks now after we removed that shelf that was left behind from the previous owners, painted and moved her bed against the wall so she can have more play room:

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To keep this dusty blush (Clark+Kensington’s Rose Quartz) fresh, we painted the top of the wall white. I love how it brightens her room and is slightly unexpected.

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When choosing the color, I looked for a dusty (or grayer) pink. And since her room is in the lower level our house, I wanted to keep it light and warm as well. Rose Quartz ended up being the perfect choice. For the white, I just used an off-the-shelf white. I also painted all the trim and doors a bright, glossy white which made a big difference. I hate painting trim, until I see all the creamy yellow disappear. It’s always worth it.

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Since we were doing two colors, we tackled this room a little differently than we normally would. First I trimmed out the ceiling and Chris rolled the top part in white–a little farther down than we knew we wanted it. Sidenote: If you don’t have this roller extender, it is a must! We love the way it shortens and extends easily with a push of a button. You can see it in action in this old instagram video.Then I painted all the trim and doors, except for the baseboards. I really like saving the baseboards for last in case they get any paint on the tops. You want to keep the top of your baseboards nice and white so they look as crisp and clean as possible. For the trim around windows and doors; I like doing that first so I can get it on quickly, not worrying about getting any on the walls. Going over it with my paint color to where the wall meets the trim seems easier than trying to avoid getting trim paint on my freshly painted walls–maybe it is the angle?

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Once we got the walls mostly painted, we set up our laser level (we have this one) and decided to make our dividing line at 66″ from the top of the baseboards. We taped it off, used the greatest tip ever to get crisp lines, and finished the job without a hitch.

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This is just the beginning! We are so excited to give Greta a fun room–she really deserves it (see where we’re headed here). I threw her new sheets from Schoolhouse Electric and the Hudson Bay blanket we got for Christmas on her bed for these photos, but a few other things have arrived that we’ll be working in as well–and there are a few DIY projects up my sleeve, too. I am surprised at how much I am loving the pink. I thought it would be cliche for a girl’s room, but I am loving the pink.

What do you think?

  1. Virginia says:

    That looks pretty good. Have you considered doing a stripe of a third neutral color?

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Julia!
    Love this room so much that I’m in the process of painting 3/4 light blue (BM’s woodlawn blue) walls in my 2 year old’s room this weekend! One quick question… how long did you let the white paint cure before using the painter’s tape? My frog tape says to wait 3 days before using on fresh paint but I’m reeeeeally hoping I can just do it tomorrow. Hate to leave the room unfinished til next weekend.
    Thanks so much from a long-time and much appreciative reader!
    Kim

    • Julia says:

      Eh, go for it. I don’t recall using delicate surface painter’s tape (a good option for recently painted walls), but if you are too worried, go that route.

      • Kim says:

        I went for it and it looks AMAZING I had one little section where the white paint pulled off, but easy to touch up. I love it so so much. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • Julia says:

        Yay!! So happy for you, Kim!

  3. Victoria says:

    Love that blanket!

  4. This is so lovely and just the right shade of pink. Breaking it up with white keeps it from being too sweet. Great call!

  5. Amanda says:

    I think picking the right shade makes a huge difference in whether or not both the kid and the parents like the color. This is a subtle, pretty pink that should keep her happy for a while. I saw a couple in the store the other day buying a LOUD shade of blue and pink for their kids rooms. They may be hating themselves for that later lol.

  6. Tarynkay says:

    I love the pink! Isn’t it funny how you end up loving things that your kids love? Their enthusiasm just kills all of your sophisticated adult opinions. Elmo comes to mind. Before my son started loving Elmo, I HATED Elmo. But I just couldn’t keep up my Elmo hate in the face of his deep and enduring muppet love.

  7. AlisonG says:

    I am glad her room is finally getting done, and in a color she wants, who cares if it goes with the houses color palette.

  8. Meagan Briggs says:

    This may be a dumb question, but how is her ceiling vaulted like that (the picture with the laser level) being in the basement? You would never know that bedroom is downstairs with the amount of light in there. Amazing! This is the perfect pink too.

    • Julia says:

      haha, it looks like it is vaulted in that photo but it isn’t. Just must be a weird angle. Although the ceilings downstairs are standard height and the windows are nice and big so it doesn’t feel like a basement at all.

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