Monday, May 18, 2015

Adventure 20

Adventures in picking out a paint color and redoing our room
I really wanted to repaint our bedroom. I have been searching on Pinterest for some good blue/gray paint colors. there are a ton on Sherwin Williams paint colors that I like and Benjamin Moore but I think I am just going to go with Lowes or Home Depot. The Hubby and I went to Lowes to check their paint colors. we knew that we were looking for something blue/gray but not too blue and not too gray. we both kept reaching for the same color swatch over and over, so we decided to get a sample of that to see if we liked it. the colors is Valspar's Glacier Mist.
coat one, coat two and then coat two once the sun had set
 there was a lot of discussion on if we really liked this color.
we started to look at some more. I showed this pin to the hubby and he liked that navy accents (score) but once the glacier mist was painted on the wall he wasn't so sure he liked the paint color. he wanted to go with something more dark like in the pin but I wanted to go with something lighter. we started looking at other paint colors.
we came up with these three to add to the options, and decided that maybe we needed to prime the sienna colored wall and then try to paint the Glacier Mist over the primed wall.
we went back to Lowes to see the other colors below. the Cincinnatian Hotel Hunter Blue was very purple and the La Fonda Mirage was very mint greenish. We really liked the Blue Arrow (it was another color that I had found on pinterest and wanted to see it on the swatch)
we got a sample of the Blue Arrow and also one of The darker color that was on the Glacier Mist Paint swatch, as well as primer so that we could see if the Glacier Mist would look different.

here is the wall primed and then the three colors painted on. Blue Arrow is at the top, then Glacier Mist and then Cincinnatian Hotel Linder Blue.
 we both really like the Blue arrow but we weren't sure that I was the right choice for our bedroom. The hallway, maybe, although I had just painted the hallway last summer but I think I went too dark and am regretting my choice so I think that I may be painting it again this summer and Blue Arrow will be what it is painted.
next we decided that maybe I needed to prime one larger section of the wall and then paint it with the Glacier Mist to see if we liked it on a bigger section of wall instead of one smaller space.
here is the wall primed

here is wall painted and after a few days of staring at it we weren't sure that we really liked it. (that navy blue curtain is the new curtains that we are hanging in the room, got them from Target)

We talked about what to do. Should we go with another color? my suggestion was ivory, the hubbys was a khaki. i was not for the khaki. our kitchen is a tan and I am totally ready to re-paint that. this room first. we have to stay focused people.
so I went to Lowes and looked at the ivory and lighter blue/grays. i came home with wisteria snow (the first color to the left) and tinsel beam (which is the next color and it is actually on the same paint card as the glacier mist and the darker one that we tried.
back to Lowes (they should know us there by now) and I got a sample of wisteria snow and tinsel beam.

the wall was primed and I was ready to paint the two colors on. I started with wisteria snow (by the way, I love love love wisteria) and as I was panting it on I was thinking well this is pretty white. I feel like I am just painting white on my walls. then I started painted the tinsel beam on the wall and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. after the second coat of wisteria snow I could see the more blue/gray color to it.
now we wait.

I need to see what my hubby thought about the two colors. he was really surprised with both of them and seemed to like them both too. I think would we are leaning more toward the tinsel beam (the color on the right) as the color for our room. it is blue but not too blue and it is light and airy, which was just what I was looking for. oh how I am ready to go and buy some gallons of paint and get started on this. I think that it may take quite some time to paint this room though. it is not gigantic by any means but we are living in it. almost all of the rooms were painted (by me and a parent, mom or father in law) before we moved in so painting while we are living in the room is going to be very different. we may be camping out on the living room floor for a while. 

here is my pinterest board with some of inspiration that i was gathering for the room.

here are a few picture of what the room looked like before we painted it.
we kept the same bedding.
these were the curtains that we had hanging in the room. you can see the walls were a sienna color.
we had a rug runner that ran along each side of the bed
and this candle holder was on the wall across from the bed. scroll down and you can see the whole wall and the bathroom door in the newly painted room picture
here are the after pictures.
I wrote the upper part of this blog post weeks ago.
the room isn't completely done either. 

this is the wall that had the candle holder on it.
we sold that and i wanted to get a picture of this wall because this is where i am hoping to have a sliding barn door in place of the bathroom door that is there now. (here's to hoping and for sure another adventure.)



and here is the new rug that we got and put under the bed (that was an adventure in and of itself. I have a tiny girl who was a trooper trying to help me. to have been a fly on the wall for that fiasco. ha!)


  1. I'm liking the colors!! We have gray walls with navy accents in our bedroom and I've been really happy with it! We have those exact curtains from Target except I got them from Dirt Cheap for $4 per panel. I've been very happy with them-they really do block the light! Good luck with the rest of your reno!

    1. thank you
      no way. that is awesome that you got them for $4. was it recently?