How does this image make you feel? Does it excite you or overwhelm you?
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For me, it’s a little of both. I absolutely love all of the color choices and I have a giant collection of these swatches (have you seen all the crafts you can do with these on Pinterest? 🙂 ) It can also be completely overwhelming knowing which color to choose, and don’t even get me started on sheen…I mean, paint is paint, right?
Apparently not! I had a chance to get a sneak peek at my friend Betsy’s new ebook, “Inside the Paint Can” and I was blown away at how much there is to know about paint! This girl knows her stuff. In addition to blogging at HappilyEverAfteretc, she also works at Sherwin Williams. She put together this book to answer all of the questions she has gotten from readers and customers over the years (and it’s not specific to SW paint- the book covers general paint questions that pertain to all brands).
- Did you know that there is a type of paint that will eliminate brush strokes?
- Or that sample paint is not actually paint? What?
This book has so many great tips and tricks and even a formula for knowing how much paint to buy! After reading “Inside the Paint Can”, I finally have the knowledge and confidence to try painting my kitchen cabinets…now I just have to convince my husband! 🙂
If only I had this resource years ago! I think the fear of making the wrong choice kept me paralyzed for so long. It wasn’t until we were getting ready to sell our first home that we finally decided to paint. Had I realized back then how much of a difference painting would make, I would not have lived with those builder beige walls for so many years! Once we finally added some color to the walls, I wasn’t sure I actually wanted to leave.
When we moved into our current home 5 years ago, the first item on the to-do list was, you guessed it, PAINT! I immediately started browsing colors and collecting swatches. We have a very open floor plan (the living and dining area is basically one big room and the kitchen is separated by a small half wall).
We decided to go with SW White Raisin for the living/dining area:
I really liked the color but there are only a couple of hours a day where we get good light in these rooms. Everything always seemed to have a warm yellow glow, which makes blog pictures especially difficult.
Now, the kitchen was a disaster from the beginning! We actually painted it twice in 1 week. The first time we tried SW Copen Blue. It’s a gorgeous color but it just did not work in our kitchen. I don’t even have a picture to show you because we changed it as quickly as possible. We ended up going with a brown (we did a color match and I can’t remember the name). I’ll be honest, I did not love it either. Of course, I wasn’t about to tell my husband that we needed to paint it again!
After 5 years, I was itching to try something new! I really wanted to try a light gray and after tons of Pinterest searches, we settled on Benjamin Moore Gray Owl.
I absolutely love this color!! I’ve read that some people have issues with Gray Owl showing up more blue in some rooms but for us it is the perfect gray color. It’s so soothing and calm. I’m excited that I finally have a neutral wall that will look good with any decor! Speaking of which, you will notice lots of bare walls (we have 15ft ceilings so there is a ton of blank space). My home will always be a work in progress (and a big reason for starting this blog) so I’m taking this opportunity to create some new wall decor. Now I can add color with my accessories and I don’t have to worry about it clashing with the yellow walls!
Here is the after with a color match of Gray Owl (see more about color matching below):
The best part is we saved a lot of money by purchasing Behr paint (we just had Home Depot mix up a color match of the BM Gray Owl). They are used to doing this so just tell them the color you want to match.
If you decide to buy Behr paint and there is a chance that you will have to use 2 coats, make sure you ask for Behr Marquee. Don’t be alarmed when you see the price! Yes, it’s about $10 more than the Behr Premium, but it’s ONE COAT paint! That means you’ll be able to complete the job in half the time and you’ll actually save money…here’s how:
This example is an estimation as prices will vary (and does not include taxes):
Premium Plus Ultra- 4 gallons @ $30= $120 (1st coat)
4 gallons @ $30= $120 (2nd coat)*
TOTAL COST= $240
Behr Marquee- 4 gallons @ $40= $160 (guaranteed 1 coat)
TOTAL COST= $160
SAVINGS OF $80!!!
* Even if you don’t have to double the amount of paint for the second coat, and you are able to use 3 gallons, that is still a savings of $50!
We were thrilled with the result of the Behr Marquee. Even over the dark color in the kitchen, it only needed ONE COAT!! Now that I finally have a color I love in our main living area, I’m ready to tackle the rest of the rooms and hopefully the kitchen cabinets!
What will you be painting next?
Have you tried Behr Marquee?