We Finished Painting the Bedroom!
Ahh. Can you hear that? It’s the sound of finally being able to sleep in my own bedroom!
After I shared about how we’d taken the time to prime the bedroom (more about that here) and then subsequently did—oh, you know—nothing in there for almost a month (and continued sleeping in the guest bedroom), the time had come to finish the task at hand. Sharing that update was enough to motivate me to finally do that.
And last weekend, I'm proud to report that I did.
While my husband was at work, I pulled on some old clothes, turned on some podcasts and went to work, rolling on the paint, filling in the corners and touching up the edges. I spent one whole evening painting on the first coat and then my husband helped me on his off day to put on the second.
We settled on a shade of gray for the room for one, simple reason: That was the color my husband suggested. And since he doesn’t normally have too strong of opinions when it comes to decorating, I saw no reason to protest.
We ended up selecting a soft, not-too-dark gray courtesy of Mythic Paint, a company known for creating quality, non-toxic paints. I’ve mentioned before that my husband is sensitive to paints and chemicals, so since we’d be spending a hefty amount of our time breathing in this room—eight hours a night—we wanted to use an option that was as friendly to our lungs as it was to our eyes.
Mythic Paint has created a reputation of creating paints that are safe for kids, pets and the Earth with zero VOCs, zero toxins, and zero carcinogens. Plus, they offer more than 1,200 paint colors to choose from, so there’s apt to be a shade for every project and personality!
After comparing dozens of paint chips, we finally settled on “Grey Rain.” (Check out all the gray hues we had to choose from!) Once it was on our walls, we couldn’t have been happier with our choice.
Here’s a reminder of what the room looked like before we painted it:
(Don’t you love how “before” pictures always end up being a mess like that?!)
Well, here’s a look at it once we painted it and moved our furniture into place:
Gone are the heavy, tan walls. In their place is a room that culls calm. Almost as soon as the paint was dry, my husband remarked how peaceful the paint made the room feel. It takes what could be a cold, sterile color and—with almost the lightest touch of lavender to it—gives the pale gray a softer edge, perfect for the soothing aesthetic we were going for.
Plus, we picked an eggshell finish for the paint, which is a pretty forgiving sheen that covers up a lot of the wall’s imperfections but still contains a slight luster that gives the room something of a glam feel. (It’s also supposed to hold up really well to cleaning and scrubbing, which makes it a good choice to consider for kid’s rooms or high-traffic areas.)
We still have yet to hang any artwork (I’m contemplating crafting up some new ideas!), but we’re one step closer to making this house feel more and more like home. (You can review all the updates about our new house here.)
Find out more about Mythic Paint’s high-quality, non-toxic paints, which include interior and exterior paints as well as primers, by visiting their website. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
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