Whistle While You Paint: Choosing the Perfect Paint Color
At this point in the game we’ve painted just about every square inch of our house and have learned some lessons along the way. Nothing changes the look and feel of a space for as cheap as paint does. For this reason I LOVE to paint!
We started with the inside of the house because the yellowed walls we looked at everyday had to GO! When deciding on the color scheme I thought about how I wanted the space to feel. Because our home is small, I wanted it all to be cohesive. I also wanted it to feel clean and fresh, but also cozy (basically the opposite of the current dingy state it was in). When I’m making a decision like this I like to look at a lot of rooms, houses, and spaces online, on Pinterest, and in magazines to get ideas. While at my mom’s I came across a house in “This Old House” magazine that really spoke to me. It had that crisp yet comfortable vibe I was drawn to with the simplicity of painting all of the rooms in the house the same light blueish-grey color.
After bringing several samples home, I dove in and purchased a 5 gallon bucket of the color with a satin finish to start with and ended up only needing one additional gallon for the entire inside of the house (until the kitchen remodel). I purchased it at Menards and it’s called Hallowed Hush.
Side note: it’s interesting to watch my own style evolve through pictures. Most of what I had decor-wise pictured above came from our previous house. I knew that I wanted to start transitioning to a more neutral decor pallet but I love having this subtle color on the walls.
I still love the color as much as the fist day I put it on the wall. It’s a perfect ‘act as a neutral blue’. This color really set the stage for my vision of the rest of the house.
I started with the living room and then moved on to paint the kitchen, bedrooms, and finally the bathroom. Of course, we already had plans to open the kitchen by removing the wall, and to remodel the bathroom, but I still felt it was worth it to get some fresh paint on the walls in the meantime.
I also decided to paint the sunroom floor 🙂
After all the walls were done the next thing I painted became a project within itself. I decided that while the 6 inch wood trim was beautiful it really darkened the house. When you outline a small space with dark thick lines it makes it feel smaller. So yes, I decided to paint all the trim in the house a nice crisp white. I again started in the living room when I realized just using Valspar’s white paint and primer was going to take me several coats, which meant a ton of time.
So I did some research and purchased Zinsser’s Cover Stain. This stuff works, but it also puts off a lot of fumes so be sure to properly ventilate. It allowed me to cover the dark walnut trim in just 2 coats instead of 4. If you’re going to paint trim you have to go in with a patient state of mind because detail work cannot be rushed if you want it to look good. I gradually worked my way through the house, usually planning on one room per weekend when I was feeling up to it.
Painting something like trim in a house isn’t something that other people notice right away nor do they appreciate the amount of time it took to do it. However, for me, the time I put in was 100% worth it! It completely brightened and updated the house!
I also spray painted all of the vents white so they would blend in.
Here’s a list of all the supplies I needed for these projects:
- Paint – I typically prefer Lowe’s Valspar brand because of it’s quality and affordability. I also always buy a paint that has primer already combined. I also used Zinnser’s Cover Stain for the trim
- Brushes – both angled and flat edged
- rollers, paying a little extra for higher quality ones is worth it
- I also always use the handle of my broom to reach higher areas (the handle screws right into the roller handle)
- Drop cloth
- White spray paint – again I prefer Valspar or Rustoleum
Color is such a personal decision and when it comes to your walls it’s important to get it right since it will be the backdrop for everything else to come. However, I also think it’s okay to take a chance and get it wrong because it’s a quick inexpensive fix. Hope you fill your home with colors that you love! Thanks so much for stopping by our little blog!