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Oof. What a mess.
At a glance, it might not look TOO terrible. But it is. It really, really is. If you can focus on the area at the bottom center of the photo, you can see that only half the baseboard is painted. It appears that someone painted around a large piece of furniture. No, I’m not kidding. And dirty? Good gravy.
We had our work cut out for us, as you can see. I was anxious to get everything painted, so it’s hard to pick any one room as the most pressing. But the little bedroom was pretty bad…
I still can’t discern whether this color is pink or lavender but either way, it’s u-g-l-y. And dingy. Blech.
We decided to start simple and tackle the bedroom first. It’s nice and small so it would be quick (we figured) and it would be a great way to get one room under our belt(s) in the painting process. We went with a seafoam green, Mint Condition, which I love.
This color is so pretty, and so soothing.
I was pretty excited about the transformation of this room. The color is just perfect; it’s not feminine or masculine, and it’s neither young nor old…it’s just right.
The living room was a peachy-yellow (or a yellowy-peach, not sure which). It wasn’t a bad color, but it was just bad. Dirty, dingy, yuck.
I chose a rather bright yellow Sherwin-Williams paint for the living room (brighter than the existing color, anyway), “Optimistic Yellow.”
The color was fabulous…a creamy, decadent yellow. Perfect for making the living room bright and cheery.
As you can see, the baseboard needed a lot of help. A LOT. Oof. But, that’s OK, because we had some superior Sherwin-Williams paint to use on the trim.
This trim was begging for an update:
As was this…
There was a lot that needed our attention in the living room. Every square inch, basically.
It’s SO nice to be able to sit in the living room and be surrounded by fresh, updated paint that brightens up the whole room.
And then there’s the dining room. Now, forgive the “after” photos, as they’re not the finished product — I will post pictures once this project is complete (fingers crossed!). As it stands now, two doorways in the dining room are being widened, so you can see bare wood and drywall…but hopefully that will be fixed soon. For this reason, the chair rail has yet to be put up — so when you look at the after pictures, try to envision a nice white chair rail between the top and bottom paint colors. It’s going to look great. By the way, if you listen closely, you might be able to hear my sighs of impatience.
But let’s focus on what we were able to accomplish, shall we? We shall.
As you may have noticed, the kitten tends to pop up regularly when painting is being done. She only got paint on her once, when she stuck her head through the spindles on the steps. Anywho, we (mostly me) decided to paint the dining room in two colors, aqua on the top and a light gray on the bottom, with a chair rail separating the two. I went with Aquatint and Rock Candy.
The color has an awesome “beach” feel to it, which I love.
It’s odd how the walls look so different depending on the angle and the lighting. Wow. Anywho, here’s the end result:
Get a load of the trim around the windows…
Holy moly! That was hideous!
When we were shopping for paint, it was great to have Sherwin Williams professionals on hand. Painting is a big project, so why would you just wing it? You need the assistance and consultation of someone who knows their products, and that’s what we got with Sherwin-Williams. I think it’s also important to mention the issue of “quality.” There are a bunch of different paint brands out there, as you well know, and the price tag can sometimes dictate what we purchase. However — and this is a big however — you don’t paint all that often. Heck, it could be a decade until we paint again. It just makes sense to do it right, with a quality product, instead of cutting corners. You better believe that a cheap paint is cutting corners on more than just the price. That’s why it makes sense to use Sherwin-Williams paint. Not to mention Sherwin-Williams supplies. You’ll get every single thing you need for your project, as well as some things you don’t even realize you need.
We went with the Cashmere for our colored paint, because it has a silky appearance and it looks, feels, and applies great — nice and smooth. It provides outstanding coverage (it truly does) and is scrubbable, which means you can clean your walls to keep them looking fresh. That’s pretty important in my book. Sherwin-Williams calls the Cashmere their “most forgiving” paint. Ha!
We chose the ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel for the trim around the house. Sherwin-Williams says that the ProClassic will provide a smooth, high-performing, non-yellowing finish with the toughest wear and tear. That’s precisely what we were looking for. It is definitely a superior paint, there’s no denying that. A bright, rich looking trim really makes your room pop — and the ProClassic does not disappoint!
When you’re ready to freshen up your walls with some fresh Sherwin-Williams paint, remember to prep, prep, prep! Here are a few things to remember about your painted walls before you pop open that new paint can:
- Wash off dirt, grease, soap and oil buildup with the appropriate cleaner. Rinse thoroughly.
- Remove loose paint and powdery substances.
- Patch holes and cracks with spackling or patching compound. Allow to dry, then sand smooth.
- For glossy or nonporous surfaces, lightly sand to a dull finish or use an abrasive cleanser.
- Remove sanding dust or cleanser residue.
- Make sure to prime all bare areas prior to applying topcoat. (Avoid “spot priming,” which can result in a non-uniform appearance between primed and non-primed areas.)
The color palettes at Sherwin-Williams are stunning…it seriously took me a long time to decide on colors. Plus, they’ve added the HGTV Home line, which is amazing! Each HGTV Home collection highlights 20 colors that are designed to work beautifully together in any combination. All you have to do is choose the designer-inspired look you want to achieve from themes like Coastal Cool, Rustic Refined, Color Pizzazz, and more. It’s a foolproof way to create a cohesive look — in any one room or room-to-room. I love the Coastal Cool collection:
Sherwin-Williams also has a Pottery Barn paint line (and Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen) and a West Elm paint line. But that’s not all! With Sherwin Williams, you can use their Color Visualizer tool to get an idea of what different paint colors will look like…you can use their room photos or upload your own, then apply different paint colors so you can visualize how your space will look.
And then there’s ColorSnap, an app for your iPhone or Android. You’re not going to believe this technology! With ColorSnap, you upload an image and the app will instantly match the colors in your photo. You can edit, add, delete colors to make your perfect, personalized palette. Awesome!
Sherwin-Williams has been rated the Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Paint Retailers for the last two years, and Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Exterior Paints, in a J.D. Power and Associates study.