In between decorating and celebrating the holidays, I decided to take the jump and paint our bedroom. You might remember that we were torn between a few different shades of dark-ish gray – and we’re very thankful for your thoughts and opinions. In the end, I went with my gut – which just happened to coincide with the general consensus: Behr’s Gray Area.
So in between end-of-semester grading, a website blowup, and general holiday madness, I picked up a gallon of paint (on sale, at least!) and got to work. It took a few days, but here’s what I ended up with:
Sidenote: when I say “I”, I really mean it – painting is on Chris’ “Top 5″ list – the list of top chores/activities he HATES doing. The only problem with this is that his top 5 actually includes painting, cleaning the bathroom, putting away folded clothes, dusting…and then about thirty more things that rotate depending on what task needs to actually get done at the moment.
I should say, though, that his new year’s resolution was to be more helpful around the house…and so far he’s been amazing. As of day 7, at least…
But anyway, it only took me a few days of intermittent painting to get two coats of Premium Plus (the kind with built-in primer) in eggshell up on the walls. So it wasn’t too bad, even all by my lonesome.
This was my first experience with Home Depot’s brand, Behr, since Lowe’s is a bit easier to get to near us and we’ve always used their Valspar Signature brand. But I have to say, compared to Valspar’s built-in primer version, the Behr Premium Plus Ultra covers like a boss – I was expecting to need a few more coats for such a dramatic light-to-dark transition, but I actually could have probably gotten away with just one and a few spot touch-ups – but I’d bought a gallon so I figured I’d use it all. The only downside is that the Behr is definitely more noxious (it’s labelled low-VOC like the Valspar, but stinks way more!) – but frankly, I can deal with a little stank if it means less work for me!
I love how the dark gray turned out in the whole room – I definitely feel good about the choice – and somehow the darker color makes the room feel bigger, contrary to popular advice. I think it might have to do with the fact that the ceiling is a different color (we went with two shades lighter on the same color swatch, in a flat finish), which seems to really emphasize the high ceilings in here. I’m also happy with my decision to paint the trim the same color as the walls, in a semi-gloss:
In the midst of painting I went on an epic Target shopping trip. There’s a brand new and HUGE store that recently opened in Baltimore, and for some reason a few weeks after their grand opening (which was stocked with lots of Autumn merchandise), pretty much the entire home goods section of the store went on clearance – presumably to prep for the holidays. Obviously I was all over that, and picked up about ten wall frames, a new bedspread, and even some lamps/shades – all for less than $80 or so. My favorite find was the organic cotton bedspread – I love the light blue against the dark walls, and in my head the fact that it’s organic makes up for all the brain cells I lost painting…
I’m still in the process of hanging the frames and tricking out a new Ikea dresser, but progress is progress, right?
So what do you guys think? Did I make the right decision? Did you jump on the crazy train and do any big projects over the holidays??