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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