Redecorating the Guest Bedroom: Creating A Custom Paint Color for the Walls

I mentioned before that in anticipation of family coming down earlier last month, I was spurred to do some decorating in our guest bedroom.

When we first moved into the house, this was the room where my husband and I slept while we took our time getting around to painting our master bedroom (which took more than a month for us to get around to!). Once we finally got moved into the master bedroom, this little room didn’t get touched again until this recent decorating spree of mine.

First up was that I wanted to get some art on the walls. There was a bed and a small dresser and a lamp and a full-length mirror, but art is that touch that makes a room feel cozy to me. So I was playing with some ideas and taping prototypes on the walls when I discovered that the paint in the room was awful. Because even when using painter’s tape, whenever I’d remove a piece to reconfigure my ideas for the wall artwork, big pieces of paint would come peeling off along with the tape, leaving the wall looking like a patchwork quilt:

Painting the entire room became a priority. The room is small and the existing color on the wall was a dark tan (which is on nearly every other wall in this house). The tan made the room feel almost cavernous, so I knew I wanted something lighter to make this room (the smallest of all our bedrooms) feel larger, more airy, more comfy.

I wanted something creamy and, calling upon the whole house palette I made, I decided a light gray would work well and be neutral yet sophisticated enough to serve as a guest bedroom.

Which got me thinking about the fact that I still had some paint left over from when we painted our bedroom gray. I wondered if I could mix that paint with some white and how well that’d do on these walls? It’d save me from having to go to the store, test new colors and buy more paint, so I decided to give it a go! I’m sure this would make any paint professional scream, but it ended up working out really well.

I mixed up a couple of batches and decided on a 1:3 ratio of paint: 1 part gray (“Grey Rain” from Mythic Paint) and 3 parts of bright-white primer. I just made sure to be pretty precise with my measuring (mixing up small batches) and I don’t think you can tell at all that it’s two paints mixed together—phew!

It’s incredible how changing the color on the walls can transform a room, and I think this custom-mixed palest-of-grays accomplished that beautifully! Plus, it was kind of fun to play color-mixologist—and super exciting that it actually turned out pretty well!

I forgot to take photos of the room with just the paint on the walls (go figure!), but in my next post, I'll share some more of the process of recreating this room and then a final reveal!

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  1. I was just thinking about doing this since it looks like I'll have about a half a can of grey paint left over from my boys room and a small half bath that needs to be painted. I would have just started pouring them together but your way is much better.

    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here's more info )

    1. Definitely go on and try it out, at least on a patch to see if you like it. It's worth a shot :) I decided to mix it in small increments just so that I only mixed up as much as I needed and so that I could get the shade the exact color I wanted.

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful nomination; I appreciate that!!

  2. Can't wait to see the finished room!


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