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Our bedroom had some WORK done over the past couple months. It was a lot! Like, at one point, the room had no walls and no ceiling because we ripped the tray ceiling out to add height to the room. But when we put it all back together, one of the biggest changes came down to fresh paint (per usual).
Here’s where our room started. The biggest offender were the sponge painted walls, in my opinion. It just dated it so much and for us, we wanted to add age and character in other ways and freshening up the walls changed our room dramatically.
Here’s how the same angle looks NOW!
It’s no secret, I’m really into contrast trim and I love the darker gray-blue color we chose for our bedroom. It’s a classic way to bring in some interest to your space and it just feels so fresh! Also, note, it’s way easier to keep dark trim looking clean. Swap the wall and trim color–why not!
Obviously more went down in here than just paint. We got new floors and new floor to ceiling doors but we’ll touch on those in a future post, because paint is something anyone can do right now to dramatically change the look and feel of their space.
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This is legitimately my favorite line to paint with. It promises one coat coverage and they aren’t exaggerating. It goes on thick and even and is a true joy to paint with. I get questions all the time about how we don’t use a drop cloth while we’re painting and it has some to do with the quality of this paint. It’s just not drippy! For our room, we used eggshell on the walls (HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Alabaster) and semi-gloss on the trim (Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Gray color-matched at Lowe’s!)
The short handle of this brush is the real star. It helps me have so much more control while cutting in and no brush holds together better than Purdy. You know those brush bristles that end up in your paint job with other brushes? It just doesn’t happen with this one.
I was telling my sister about different paint roller naps and she looked at me like I was speaking a different language. A 3/8″ nap is our go-to. It’s right in the middle of the options and is perfect for lightly textured walls and ceilings. If you have a more intensely textured ceiling, using a thicker nap roller will help get paint in all the crevices a LOT easier.
I like using this pail when we have a whole room to paint. It fits so much paint and can attach to a ladder if need be.
This makes cutting in so much easier on your hands, truly. No cramps and it even has a magnet your brush can attach to when you need a break.
A couple other things we used for this project that came in handy:
THIS Valspar telescoping rod extender. Rod extenders save your back and can help you get paint in hard to reach spots with minimal effort. Using a rod extender is like riding an electric bicycle. Your effort is multiplied!
Painters tape. I know, I know. You’re not used to me breaking out the painter’s tape, but in the case of contrast trim, you want it to be so precise because it’s going to be way more obvious if it’s not.
First we rolled the walls and ceiling (Reminder, both the ceiling and walls are painted Alabaster by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish). It’s such a beautiful warm white that we’re using all over our house. One thing to note is that if you have fresh, unpainted drywall, it’s necessary to first paint everything with primer. We really like this Primer/Sealer by Valspar that’s made for fresh drywall.
We ended up waiting a couple days between wall and trim paint because things came up, but it worked out for the best because it allowed time for the walls to cure so we could tape off the trim–which is so tedious but also so worth it for those crisp lines. I pulled so many colors for the trim. I really wanted a gray that leaned warm, but also blue sometimes. Ha! That’s a big ask. But also, I wanted to use the same color for our entire adjacent closet, so I really invested a lot of time here.
In the end, I landed on Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball and Lowe’s was able to color match it perfectly! I just brought in the swatch and they scanned it in and held it up to the swatch–perfect match.
It’s a really beautiful warm gray that goes just the tiniest bit blue in some light. I love the way it looks with our fireplace stone (we’ll be working on extending that in the coming weeks) and I can’t wait to see the same color on all the walls of our closet.
Now that our walls are painted, we’re just waiting on the electrical in here to get turned back on and we’re ready to move back in! Pinch me!
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