On Friday, I announced that I am undertaking a master bedroom makeover. First up: painting the walls. As I mentioned last week, we moved the dressers and clutter out so the room was mostly empty. This made painting so much easier than if we had to manipulate around lots of furniture. We plopped our dog up on the sheet-covered bed and he supervised the project from his comfy perch.
The most tedious part of any painting project is taping and prepping. Unlike when we painted the dining room and I used cheap tape that kept falling down, this time we splurged on Frog Tape and it was well worth the $9 price tag. This tape was awesome! It stayed on, didn’t let any drips under, and pulled off clean without lifting any of the white paint off the trim.
As for the color, I originally thought I wanted a very light sage green. I brought home several cards from the paint store and did some research online. For some reason, none of the greens seemed just quite right. One evening as I sat in the bedroom contemplating options, I remembered that I had some very light blueish gray curtains from our last apartment. I also remembered that I had a bed skirt of the same light tone.
When I held the bed skirt and curtains side-by-side, they were almost exactly the same color. I decided to use them in the bedroom and match the wall color. I envisioned an elegant, coordinated light and airy space. I decided that having the curtains, bed skirt, and walls all match would provide a nice canvas for the rest of the decor. Here’s a picture of the bed skirt:
And (drum roll) here is a picture of the curtains next to the new wall color:
Isn’t it soothing? I also feel really pleased that I was able to put accessories I already own to good use. I really love the bed skirt and curtains, I had just sort of forgotten about them.
The color we used is Eternity by Benjamin Moore. We needed two gallons and I chose a flat finish from their Eco Spec line. (I love a matte, chalky surface which is why I chose flat. Many people prefer the clean-ability of eggshell.) I also can’t rave enough about this Eco Spec paint. It has no VOCs and almost covers in one coat. We did use two coats but we almost didn’t need it. It has virtually no odor and it is not drippy and runny like cheaper paints.
We’re really happy with the result. The room feels so much lighter and airier and much more soothing than the previous latte beige did. The color looks gorgeous in the morning light, and gets very nuanced and rich in the evening. I’m glad it’s not bathroom blue or bright. It’s very subdued and calm.
Tomorrow I’ll detail the furniture shopping process. Stay tuned!