FINALLY! The AFTER Photos!May 20th

You guys!

Today, I’m finally going to release the much-sought-after AFTER photos of our Sherwin-Williams Transformation Project!

It’s been a long time coming, and I hope you’re ready for a serious influx of photos. Earlier, I shared how I wanted to find the perfect combination and balance of cheerful and peaceful tones. Taking the room from drab to fab–I think we succeeded.




Using the Color Visualizer and the ColorSnap Studio™ for iPad, we decided on a lovely palette of grey and white with pops of coral and aqua blue. To get into the specifics, we used Gray Matters, Snowbound, Quite Coral and Leisure Blue. We chose Cashmere® paint in a satin finish, and guys, it is everything you could hope for in paint.

I’ve always thought painting to be an extremely exhausting exercise. Not that it’s “easy,” but when I went to have my first go with the roller, I was surprised at how effortless it was to get a smooth coat on the walls. My painter-brother explained to me that that is the difference between paint and quality paint. Our Cashmere paint was definitely quality stuff.

We only had to do two coats, and the effect was just gorgeous. Cashmere goes on so much richer than your typical satin finish.  It goes on like buttercream frosting.

The first phase we tackled was cutting in with angle brushes on the ceiling.



Unfortunately, my parents have that horrid popcorn ceiling that is a beast to remove. Oh, how tempted I was to tear the stuff down! If we had had a bigger budget, and more time, I would have done it. However, my time frame was three days and popcorn ceiling is no easy feat. Someday, I will claw the stuff out with my bare hands. But for now, it is a minor detail that goes mostly unnoticed in light of the gorgeous room.

The next stage was taping off the stripes. Oh my. In case you are wondering, painting stripes is no easy task.



There was a lot of math involved–which of course freaked me out. Thankfully, I have a savvy sister-in-law who is infinitely smarter than me in numbers and measurements. Between her and my brother, the stripes were set for 16 inches apart. There was a great deal of discussion about which direction the stripes should go. Initially, I thought vertical was the logical way. Thank God Candace convinced us otherwise!

If you’re going to do stripes–go horizontal! I had no idea how flattering the effect would be. Horizontal stripes absolutely enlarge the space. If we had gone the vertical route I believe it would have just drawn attention to the rather low ceilings–not a good plan.

Several people have already asked how we got the lines so straight. First, they measured, then they used a chalk line to get super straight lines. Next, they taped off the lines and went over with a roller. When the paint was dry, we were able to easily wipe off the chalk and have a perfectly seamless design. No, it was not easy. But we all agreed that the stripes were worth it.

While the stripes were going up, I was working my tail off at this tricky little bookcase. My great-grandparents made it, so yah, it’s legit. It’s also a pain in the rear to paint. But when it comes to room makeovers you should never skimp on the details. Taking the time to repaint an old piece really pays off in the end.

The devil is in the details.

We also painted the two bedside lamps, a Goodwill lamp, and some shelves.


My dad contributed to the project by creating a custom headboard out of scrap lumber. We had looked at some repurposed pallets and dad drew up a plan for his own design. We wanted the woodgrain to show through, so dad watered down the blue paint a bit to use it as a stain.

I cannot believe how gorgeous it turned out! We’re trying to decide if we’ll put any additional decor on it. We thought of a monogram, a wreath, or maybe candle sconces to hang in the center. What do you think?

We bought the bedding at Target, and it is in their new Threshold line. I love all the Threshold products–the colors fit perfectly with our Sherwin-Williams palette.

The gigantic vanity mirror was replaced by a great find at TJ Maxx HomeGoods. We wanted the stripes to shine out from behind, so a smaller mirror was in order.

As you can see, the cabinets have been painted in the same Gray Matters and Snowbound colors. This paint is so versatile–it went onto the cabinets beautifully.

I totally splurged on this little dear of a chair from World Market.

Going along with this idea of the room being a retreat, I felt that a little reading chair was necessary. We put some of the older, more beloved children’s books on the bottom shelf of the coral bookcase. Already the chair has been used for “special” reading time with the grandkids.

In my earlier post I wrote about how this room is a special hub to the family. I feel like now it is even more special to all of us. Everyone rallied to contribute to this room makeover. Those three days of work were extremely labor intensive, but also so fun. What a wonderful feeling to see something beautiful unfold from the collective labor of a family.

In the end, mom shed a few tears. It’s not just a beautiful room–it is a room full of love.



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90 Responses to FINALLY! The AFTER Photos!May 20th

  1. Jackie May 20, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    I love the end results! The room looks totally amazing.

    I’d love to redo just about every single room in my house! They’re all the exact same plain jane color.

  2. Jackie May 20, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    I tweeted!

    Also, I swear that I was following you before! I fixed it.

  3. Alison May 20, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Love the colors, it’s so calming. Great job!

  4. Natalia May 20, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    It looks fabulous, girl!! I love the stripes, it really looks so good. I can imagine your mom was so excited & happy to see it all done!!

    If I could make over a room, I’d pick our upstairs den. It really needs some love!

  5. Justina May 20, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Love the room! The colors are fabulous!

    I am eager to redo our “guest room” for our two older boys who will be giving up the nursery for their littlest brother who will join us in October! I’m dying to try horizontal stripes!

  6. Amanda May 20, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Goodness, it looks amazing!! My living room could really use a makeover. The wall color is similar to a Hershey Chocolate bar. Too dark. I want so badly to lighten it up and bring some life into that room!

  7. Amanda May 20, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I tweeted about it too!

  8. Elaine A. May 20, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Oh wow, girl, it looks amazing! Can I come stay?! 😉

    Great job!

  9. Shelley May 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Your room is gorgeous. I love the stripes! I would love to redo our guest bedroom 🙂

  10. Emily May 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Way to go hill it looks great! Your mom and dad deserve a room to retreat to!

  11. Cyndi Frith May 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Looks wonderful! I need to paint a couple rooms in our home soon!

  12. kerri May 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Wow! I have been wanting to re-paint our bathroom, and I think I am just going to go ahead and choose Gray Matters as the color! Thanks for the Cashmere recommendation! I had never heard of it until you mentioned it in this post. Everything looks amazing. 🙂

  13. cw May 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I would love to make over our living room…it is so dark and drab

  14. Kelly D May 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    I would like to makeover our computer room, it needs some color and organization.

  15. Kelly D May 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm #


  16. Aleta May 21, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Oh WOW! AWESOME JOB!!! I love the horizontal stripes, but would never be so brave to do this. And the headboard – cool idea. The colors remind me of a spa – nice, relaxing, soothing – perfect for the bedroom 🙂

  17. Christy Rosander May 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I just love the colors and the soothing feel to the room. I can’t think of a couple that deserves this more! Such a beautiful living space.

  18. kala winter May 22, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I would paint my master bedroom for sure! It is begging for a new color

  19. Merle M May 22, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    master bedroom

  20. Kate F. May 24, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    I’d like to makeover my bathroom.

  21. Katie K May 24, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Wow that looks AMAZING!!!

    I’d make over my bonus room which is the last of my home projects for a complete renovation. This would be a nice start!

  22. Adrienne Gordon May 24, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Need to do my bedroom.

  23. Margaret Smith May 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I’d love to makeover our livingroom into something more stylish.
    Thanks so much.

  24. Margaret Smith May 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    I tweeted:
    Thanks so much.

  25. Mirien May 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    I’d love to makeover my master bedroom!

  26. Marcia Goss May 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Our kitchen is so dated and could desperately use a makeover!

  27. Marcia Goss May 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

  28. Cynthia C May 25, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I haven’t done anything to the bedroom since I moved to this house. It needs a fresh look.

  29. Cynthia C May 25, 2013 at 8:50 am #


  30. Eli@coachdaddy May 25, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    You can just see the life and your touch bringing the room to life. It’s amazing what transformation you can make when you add your character to a room. I think the bedroom needs the attention the most for me!

  31. kim h May 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I would like to makeover my living room

  32. Katie Roch May 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I would love to makeover my living room. It desperately needs it.

  33. PAIGE CHANDLER May 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    My master bedroom could use a fresh look.

  34. Jimmy May 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    I would makeover the living room.

  35. Tamar May 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    I’d make over the home office/playroom.

  36. mickeyfan May 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    We just finished week 7 of a 5 room renovation. I’d love for any ONE of them to be done!

  37. tom montella May 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I really like the colors that you picked out! very modern and classy! here is to you and great colors to Sherman Williams!

  38. Anne (@notasupermom) May 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh my goodness, that looks amazing!
    I would makeover our bedroom too. It’s so plain and really needs freshening up.

  39. Kuleen @ thedisneykids May 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    I REALLY like the bathroom cabinets where the base is one color and the drawers/doors are another. I have wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets since we moved in 12 years ago. I would use my Sherwin Williams paint to redo the kitchen.

  40. kerri May 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I just got twitter….and I tweeted. 🙂

  41. Stephanie Larison May 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I’d love to makeover my daughters room. She’s not a little baby anymore, so I’d like something a little bit more kiddish looking. Something that would look good as she grows older.

  42. Anastasia May 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d love to re-do my bathroom! It’s the room that gets the least attention around here 🙂

  43. Rosanne May 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    I would love to redo my bathroom

  44. Jacob LaFountaine May 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    The bedrooms needs updating

  45. steph May 30, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    our bedroom!

  46. rachel May 31, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Gorgeous room!! I want to paint our living room…the previous owners painted it two different colors.

  47. Debbie B June 2, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    i need to makeover my dining room area

  48. Debbie B June 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    i tweeted here:

  49. Tara June 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I would like to makeover my son’s room

  50. Melanie June 3, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I’d love to makeover our master bedroom!

  51. Jennifer June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    My master bedroom needs a major update!

  52. Lisa June 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    The bathroom needs a makeover! It is old fashioned and looks messy because of it.


  53. diane Baum June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I need to replace my family room walls paneling with a nice bright paint color

  54. BusyWorkingMama June 6, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I love the finished project! It looks amazing. I would love to spend some time decorating my finished attic – very dull color scheme!

  55. Claire McKeon June 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I would love to make-over my kitchen!

  56. Claire McKeon June 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I tweeted

  57. Kathleen June 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I would love to makeover my master bedroom.

  58. Gianna June 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Our family room.

  59. nannypanpan June 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    i am about to have twins so i would love to make over their future room

  60. Lee June 8, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    My kitchen needs a makeover!

  61. Michelle Hagewood June 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    I would love to give my kitchen a makeover.

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  62. Michelle Hagewood June 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm #


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  63. Solducky June 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I adore the headboard! I would like to make over our little reading room/ office.

  64. Brenda Elsner June 9, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I would like to make over my bedroom.

  65. heather c June 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Very cool! I think the room I’d tackle first would be what I want to be the library. It’s an open den right now, but I’m taking steps to transform it!

  66. heather c June 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Tweet –

  67. Whitney June 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I would love to makeover my bathroom!

  68. Whitney June 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm #


  69. cassandra mccann June 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

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  70. david cosgrove June 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    my bedroom…

  71. susan smoaks June 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    i would like to makeover our master bedroom!

  72. Robby Rob June 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    i really want to re-do our bedroom!

  73. Shea Balentine June 10, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    I’d like to swap out our laundry room and 2nd bathroom =)

  74. tina reynolds June 10, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    i want to redo my boys bedroom

  75. Erica C. June 10, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    I love your headboard.
    I’d like to makeover our dining room…needs some color!

  76. Tim Moss June 10, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    I’d like to makeover the room that’s now my computer room.

  77. angie lilly June 10, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Right now, my bathroom is the most dire in need of a makeover. We had this bad leak that caused us to have to take down all the drywall around the shower and in behind the toilet so that basically 1/2 of the room needs all new drywall. Would be the perfect time to change other things in the room too!

  78. Betty C June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I’d love to makeover my bedroom and I love that Cashmere. That’s definitely a color to consider for my bedroom walls.

  79. Betty C June 10, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Tweet –

  80. Christian Alejandro June 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Very nice! I would love to update my living room! You’re more than welcome to stop by and lend a hand! 🙂

  81. Christian Alejandro June 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm #


  82. Sand June 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I would love to makeover my exercise room.

  83. Liz June 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I love everything about your makeover– the grey and mint, the wide horizontal stripes. So lovely! I’d love to do the same stripe effect in my downstairs powder room with the Sherwin Williams gift card!

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