Hey! My deepest apologies for being MIA with house stuff for the last, ya know, FOREVER. There was snow…and then infertility…and then self-hosting the blog…and then snow…and then norovirus…so, yeah. I was side-tracked! But, we’re back! And our bedroom is almost done which means THREE POSTS are almost ready! 🙂 Here we go!
Way back in the day before my first wedding (almost 6 years ago), I marathon-painted both of my upstairs bedrooms. It was 2008 and THE BIG THING was blue+brown. I had it on Vera Bradley bags, registry items (like our Nautica comforter), it was in art, EVERYWHERE. Well, fast forward 4 years and I was SICK and tired of our bedroom’s wall color. Yes, this was TWO YEARS AGO. When Chris and I got married in 2010, we found some bedding from Target that is a beige on one side (VERY light) and white on the other. It was a quilted coverlet and we thought it was the perfect mix of cool in summer but blanket add-able in winter.
Well, nothing really kicked my butt in gear. I blog-hopped for a while looking for a good paint color when, lo and behold, a little miracle dropped down from the heavens. That little miracle came in the form of a blogger, Melissa at 320 Sycamore. I can’t even remember what kind of crazy rabbit trails I followed, but when I saw her bedding, it was love. #1- It was nearly identical to ours (maybe even the same?), and #2- THE WALL COLOR. If you read her master bedroom post, you’ll see that she kinda mixed her own paint color from leftovers, but I was on the hunt for Wheat Bread! We went last January, when we were in the middle of doing the floors, to get samples. Chris was nervous about the Wheat Bread and wanted us to try Chocolate Froth (one color up on the sample). I was confident in my love for carbs. I won. We reaaalllly wanted to make sure we were sure about the sample, a.k.a. our room was too messy to even think about painting, so we left ’em up for a solid 12 months. If you’re not sure you’re going to love it by then, you’ve probably found something else to love. I did get nervous about this for a minute and thought, “What if I actually want something TOTALLY DIFFERENT by now?!” But, I forged on. And I’m really glad I did.
I actually got the CRAZIEST motivation to do this project in January when I got an email from Mohawk. Like, the flooring people?! They offered me (ME?!) a rug to sample and GIVEAWAY! That rug giveaway is coming to you in the VERY near future.
Finding a rug meant finding a room for a rug to go in which meant figuring out what I was doing in our yet unfinished rooms. I knew we could whip the bedroom into shape faster than the cluttered office/guest room in which I am currently writing this post, so, we got to to work! We went and got the paint and SHAZAM! a few snow days and she was painted! I say, “Shazam!” because this could NOT have been done without the help of my brand-spankin’ new HomeRight Paint Stick E-Z Twist. I thought this thing *might* be cool, but after helping my best friend paint her playroom last summer with a *ahem* different and messier paint stick, I thought it was a waste of time/patience. Then, at Haven, I tried this paint stick. LIFE-CHANGING, Y’ALL. Life. Changing.
All of those things on the box are true: No bending, No tray, No mess, La pintura esta en la manija, Fastest easiest way to paint. All. True. In fact, I did the ceiling so quickly, Chris didn’t believe that I was done. I just hopped up on our bed, painted a section, turned around, painted another section, bada bing, bada boom! Ceiling: done! So, here’s how this magnificent thing of beauty works.
So, if you get this (and you should), take it out of the box and you’ll have these little beauties.
First, you put the little top with the fill tube on your paint can, like so:
Then, you put the paint stick together and line the fill tube up with the fill port on the stick. I did this wrong the first time. Totally user error. The directions were VERY clear. The tube will fill up with paint (amazing!) And, if your room already looks like this:
You’re ready to go! 🙂
In case anyone’s wondering, I think our previous color was something like Behr’s Ice Folly or Sonata. I can’t be sure. We have the extra paint around here somewhere that I can’t reach right now. Literally, from this computer chair I can’t reach it. Sorry. Our trim/ceiling were Polar Bear (also by Behr). I thought it was a sweet, warm white. Then, I looked at it against their regular ultra pure white or whatever. GAH! IT LOOKS SO DIRTY. I will take cold and clean over warm and dirty any day. That came out weird.
This is what will be our “accent wall”. Those are also my socks and my busted looking pillows. I mean, what? My house is a disaster. Sorry in advance. And those nasty almond outlets? Ew. Just. ew. This is a pretty good representation of halfway-through-painting. Here’s a closeup of the two colors:
Also, this is how dinge-y the Polar Bear looks next to the plain, old white:
BUT, GUYS. THAT IS HOW CLOSE THE PAINT STICK GOT TO THE CORNERS?!?!?!?! WHAT?! It made me want to break into a total Leann Rimes (or Trisha Yearwood) version of How Do I Live? circa 1999. Seriously though, battle of the blondes, that was. Also, WHY DID THEY MAKE THE SAME SONG? and WHY WAS CON-AIR A THING?!
Sorry, that was a HUGE tangent. Have some pictures of the “completed” paint job. 🙂
I truly LOVE how it looks with our floors. I could never have predicted that and the photo is *super* grainy. But it really looks that awesome (but clearer) in real life. Trust me. Or come over and see for yourself!
The above picture is a SUPER accurate depiction of what it looks like during the day. I’m in love a little. A lot. I sometimes pet the walls when I walk by and then wipe them off so they don’t get fingerprints.
Our room is a little shadowy, which is why the opposite side of the room looks like this. But that dresser is probably my favorite furniture piece in the whole house. It is from the very first bedroom suite my grandparents’ ever bought. They used it, my aunt & uncle used it in my cousin’s room, and now we have it. I love it. So much.
This is an accurate depiction of how much paint I still have to scrape off of the window. Yup, it’s been over a month since I painted this. Smart.
Aaaaand this is what project-mode looked like. And by, “looked like”, I mean, “still looks like”. I’m giving myself two weeks to get my life (and this hallway together).
And this is my helper. In case you like pets. Meet Cricket. He likes the new wall paint as well. He was a little afraid of the paint stick, however.
AAAAAAAAND, here is the preview of what will be our accent wall! I hope we get it done this weekend (nobody puke!) so that we can debut it next week! I’m so excited. I will definitely be petting this wall in the VERY near future as well! My husband is finishing phase 1 AS. I. TYPE. Also, proof that I have changed my sheets. I think we’re all glad about those small victories.
If you stuck with me through this convoluted post, you deserve a cookie. Seriously, go eat a cookie. Girl Scouts are EVERYWHERE! 🙂 Come back later this week for more on Infertility and next week for the ACCENT WALLLLLL!!!!!!!!