Since we moved in with my parents last September, Levi has been sleeping in a peach guest room with wall-to-wall carpeting from the 80s. Jordan and I took over my drab green childhood bedroom, complete with patched cracks above the door frames that nobody had ever bothered to repaint.
As a thank you to my folks for letting us crash with them while Jordan searched for his first civilian job, I planned to redecorate both rooms to make them work for us now and for any future houseguests. I had hoped to make over the bedrooms in the fall, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans…
Six months later, we’re finally getting started thanks to Valspar!
A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to dramatically change how a room looks–especially if somebody else is doing the taping, the cutting in, and the rolling. The hardest part, at least for me, is always choosing the color.
I was considering using two different shades of grey–a darker one for Levi’s room and a lighter one for ours. My thought process went something like this: The guest room could be a little bit more masculine in design than my childhood bedroom since it’s where my parents’ three grandsons will sleep when they’re visiting.
Here’s the three-step approach I took to picking the actual paint colors:
- Searched “Valspar grey paint” (and “Valspar gray paint“) on Pinterest for inspiration.
- Picked up paint chips at Lowes that matched the rooms I liked on Pinterest.
- Polled my design-savvy Instagram and Facebook followers to help me narrow the choices.
Step 4 would’ve been to use the Color Connect app for a free consultation with Valspar’s color experts. You can live video chat or submit room photos and receive recommendations by phone or email. Luckily, I was able to pick my two shades of grey paint after the feedback I got from my Facebook and Instagram photos.
(Knowing that Valspar offers a “Love Your Color” guarantee also made it easier to commit to my choices.)
We went with Seashell Gray for my childhood bedroom (top two photos) and Filtered Shade for Levi’s room (bottom two photos). The peach-tinted trim in both rooms and the unfinished closet doors in Levi’s will be painted with Valspar Dove White, but we had to take a break after the old carpet was removed to have the floors refinished.
I wish I’d been able to start the room makeovers last fall so we’d have more time to enjoy them while living here. I’m still hoping we’re in our own place sooner rather than later. Of course, my mom won’t let us leave until the rooms are finished, so we’d better get back to painting!
Stay tuned for the “after” photos of both rooms.
A big thank you to Valspar for supplying paint for both rooms. As always, words and opinions are my own. I appreciate your support of the sponsors who help me write this blog.