Monday, May 23, 2011

The Power of Paint - A Guest Room Makeover

They say that paint is the least expensive way to completely transform a room. ("they" being the powers that be, of course)

I think that's probably true, unless you're like me and you buy a lot of paint. My husband would like me to inform you that the cost adds up quickly. Do with that information what you will, but I think you should go buy some paint. Today. Bwahaha.

My boys and I were all struck down by a little stomach bug over the weekend, and yesterday I was feeling a little better but I was also feeling completely out-of-sorts and antsy -- you know that cabin fever feeling when you're on the mend but not quite there? Anyway, I decided to paint my guest room. I am an impulse painter like that, and 45 minutes into a project I always realize I have to live with my decision and finish the work.

I started by painting the ceiling, since the guest room was one of the few rooms in the house with the off-white glossy ceilings.

An aside: I know I'm going against the current trend when I say that I like my ceilings white. Sure, there are exceptions -- my bedroom ceiling is a really pale version of the wall color so that the crown moulding (once painted white, ahem...) will pop. I love fun colored ceilings, but as a general rule I'm going to stick to white, thankyouverymuch. I loathe painting ceilings, no matter how many tips and tricks for less-horrid-ceiling-painting-experiences I read. At least with white, I don't have to repaint it every single time I get an impulse to change the look of a room.

Anyway, after I finished the ceiling (sort of. It's going to need another coat the next time I'm in a horribly masochistic mood) I went ahead and painted the walls, too.  While this exercise didn't didn't entirely relieve my weekend funk, at least I can say I accomplished something.

Here's a reminder for what my guest room looked like approximately 24 hours ago:

When we bought the house it was a darker sage green. Not a bad color, mind you... but not really my style, so I painted it an off-white when I was going through my white-breezy-neutral phase. You know how Picasso had a Blue Period? Yeah, well that all-white thing turned out to be my Blah Period (hardy har har!). It turns out that while they're pretty, I don't enjoy living in them. I sure do like color.

I recently had a color mixed for my laundry room, and then I realized that I'm going to have an ugly laundry room for a while; I have so many other things to do. So instead, I used the color to paint my guest room! When I have time and money I can go have some more paint made up for my laundry room.

I love the color. Love, love, love. It's such a pretty blue. I think the green in it keeps it from reading icy or cold (which I hate), but it's not so much that it overwhelms the blue. This is definitely going in my file of fabulous colors.

I want to be a guest in my house so I can stay in there now, and the room isn't even finished!

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  1. I love the blue & green..have something in mind like this for my laundry/bathroom. Love your blog...can really relate to your ideas! :-)

  2. It's so pretty, I love it! I can't believe you were a)sick b)painted in a day and c)got the room back together already. I feel lazy. I love the shade of paint, it's perfectly calming but still warm. I never thought about the blues that way, that the green takes away that cold factor (that I hate, too!) I'll keep that in mind next time I'm picking a blue out!

  3. It's gorgeous! You are definitely the most productive sick lady I know. Smooches.

  4. I love that every picture shows a different color! It will keep the room fresh and "new" in every type of lighting. Sorry you were sick and hope you feel better!

  5. I *love* that color. I am definately going to use it in one of my rooms when I buy a house. I'm so not the kind of person to take on a huge project while I'm sick, so way to go!

  6. I know you said you had it mixed but was it a custom color? it's exactly what I've been looking for for my craft room. If you wouldn't mind sharing the color (as long as it's something that i could get mixed too) that would be awesome cause it's beautiful!!!

  7. I love it! I need to get that stomach bug, it seemed to rest you well! I love the tan in the headboard and on the bedding with the wall color. Beautiful!

  8. Wow! Great new colour. Love the vignette, too!


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