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A little paint can go a long way to completely update a space. Honestly, I wish more things in life could be fixed with a can of paint. If you don’t like the color of something, change it!
The picture below is of our great room when we moved in. The ceiling and all the walls were “builder’s beige.” I do not like beige ceilings. White ceilings lighten and brighten rooms like nothing else! This is not an ugly view, but I don’t love it as much as …
this. It may be hard to tell from the photo lighting, but all the wall colors and most of the trim has changed in this picture below.
The walls are now in the greige (grey + beige) family with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. The accent wall is Sherwin Williams Naval. I didn’t actually mind the slate blue in the above picture, but I love the navy so much more. It really pulls out al the navy accents in the room from rugs, chairs, pillows, plates, and even a lot of the doors.
FYI – Navy is my favorite neutral color. That’s right, navy is neutral, which means you could add in black accents and it would look good still. For instance, the piano against that wall is black and I’ve never thought “that doesn’t go together.”
This past week we were painting my girls’ rooms. I don’t have pictures yet, but the change is significant. I had been thinking of their corner of the house as the “dark corner.” Turns out, white ceilings, softly bright paint and new light fixtures have given their corner a completely new vibe!!
In summary, my advice is, if you want to freshen up your room, then paint your walls! A little paint goes a long way.
WHAT TO DO WITH PAINT
If you are participating in the challenge, but not sure what to do this week, here are some ideas ranging from easy to difficult.
- Spray paint a decorative item, like a mirror, vase, tray, or picture frame.
- Paint a room. Yes, this is a difficult one because it is can take a lot of time. I say go for it anyway.
- Paint furniture.
- Paint cabinets.
- Create a piece of art for your wall.
- Touch-up paint (*see info below)
- Freshen up trim paint.
About that last one. I’m slowly updating all the trim in my house in addition to all the ceilings and walls. The white trim is so nice. I know lots of people pick white colors for trim, but my favorite white for trim is the extra white that trim paint automatically comes in (no added dyes necessary – just a can of paint)!
You can see my process for painting trim in this post.
If you already like your color, but there are marks bringing down the look, then touch-up the paint.
My two favorite paint touch-up tools are this one and this one. The first one is better for tiny little scuffs and marks. The second one is better for bigger touch-up areas, though if the area is really big – just use a brush or roller. I have both of these touch-up tools and use them both.
I hope you’re enjoying this challenge and making great progress in your home. Let me know how it’s going!
If you haven’t yet, download the Printable Guide here.
Use the Printable to help guide you in planning and preparing. If you want an overview of each week, check out this blog post with all the details.
- LOVE YOUR HOME – INTRO
- LOVE YOUR HOME WEEK 1 – PLAN & PREPARE
- LOVE YOUR HOME WEEK 2 – BEAUTY + FUNCTION
- LOVE YOUR HOME WEEK 3 – FRESHEN UP DECOR
- LOVE YOUR HOME WEEK 4 – FURNITURE UPDATE
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