Fun Little Updates with Paint

I know I have talked a lot about our house renovation/update, so I planned on doing a blog post on my renovation tips and tricks…but when I asked my husband what advice he had to offer, these were his exact words:

  1. Pay someone else to do it.
  2. Don’t do it.
  3. Buy a new house.

Y’all. Have I not made any progress with him?! It may take another reno or two to FINALLY convince him that is the way to go…

Ok, SO instead (reno tips to come later…) I decided to talk about my FAVORITE decor tip of all time…PAINT. I know I have said over and over again that paint is one of my favorite ways to update a room that makes a HUGE difference, so I wanted to show a few before and after pictures of my house…purely updated by a gallon of paint (you probably have seen some of these in other posts…and will get to see more in future posts). 

#1. Downstairs Bathroom (you can see the full post here). We used Dolphin Blue by Behr.IMG_7033IMG_0881

#2. Front Living Room (post coming on this room…more changes since this picture was taken!). We used Absolute Zero by Behr…I LOVE this grey.

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#3. Office/Playroom (post coming on this room soon!!). We used Dolphin Blue by Behr in here as well!

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#4. Master Bedroom (I have been doing a lot of updates to this room lately, so once it’s done this will be a great post!). We used Urban Raincoat by Behr (same color as the Family Room).

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#5. Guest Bathroom (you can see the full post here.) We used Ultra Pure White by Behr.

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And there’s a few rooms in our house where simply updating the paint color made a HUGE difference! Paint is inexpensive and easy to change. I love that it allows you to make an update without spending a lot of money and time…you don’t always have to do an entire gut job to see a difference. And there are SO many options to choose from…it’s a great way to express your style and personality. As you can see, I tend to stay in the grey/blue category…I just can’t help it! I am drawn to cool colors.

Here are a a few tips when it comes to paint:

  1. Always always always go for the paint samples before buying the full gallon. If you are anything like me, you will find several shades of blue that you can’t choose from by looking at a paint swatch…buy the sample sizes and take the time to paint big squares on your wall so you can actually see what the paint will look like in that room. And the color you pick may look very different in your room than it does on a paint swatch. At only about $3 a piece, it’s totally worth getting the samples first.
  2. Don’t be afraid to play with a little color. You can see from my pictures that I love adding a little color in some of my rooms. Now, neutral colors will give you more room to play with decor, but if you have a smaller room like a bathroom or dining room, it’s fun to add a pop of color to these types of rooms.
  3. Make sure you know what kind of paint you are buying. I ALWAYS spring for “paint and primer in one” paint, but even beyond that there are paints that will advertise one coat coverage, etc…if I am painting over a room with a darker color on the walls, I will spend a little more to get better coverage. In the end you will save money not having to go back and buy additional gallons of paint.
  4. Get yourself a good trim brush. My mom is a master trimmer (like, she doesn’t even use painter’s tape…) and she has taught me that it’s all in the brush. We like this one…the angle makes painting trim a lot easier and I prefer a brush with a short handle.
  5. If you need to take a break while painting, cover your rollers with a plastic bag and put them in the fridge. This will keep you from having to wash the rollers every time you stop to take a break.
  6. Grab yourself a Starbucks before you start…no reason, other than coffee makes every house project more enjoyable.

I can’t wait to show you more of what we have done in some of these rooms that I haven’t shared yet. Stay tuned!

Until next time!

Lindsey

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