Since almost everything in our house is going to eventually get a major overhaul (overhaul= tearing every thing down to the studs), I decided to experiment with paint. It took the pressure off me knowing that even if what I did failed, I would only have to live with it for awhile. I was also inspired by an article that my friend Dean shared on Reader titled, “Why Letting Yourself Make Mistakes Means Making Fewer of Them.”
Our bathroom really struggles, but the last few weeks I’ve tried to class it up a bit. We took down the awkward, bulky oak cupboard, repainted the walls light grey, then I painted the ugly oak vanity, medicine cabinet, and light fixture dark grey. I used Latex paint on the oak, which isn’t what’s recommended for long term use, but since they will be replaced within the year, I wasn’t too worried about it.
Before picture (one wall painted and cupboards removed):
After (still with only one wall painted):
Then I was inspired by this blog to do a little something creative to the ceiling:
I like it. Again, since I knew it wouldn’t be permanent, I wasn’t too meticulous when painting and as a result he spacing is really uneven. I think I’d like to do something like this again, but next time I’d use a lighter color paint so it there wouldn’t be much contrast and the stencil would be very subtle. A T square ruler would really help to keep the stencil well spaced and straight. I found the stencil at Hobby Lobby for $16 and used a 40% off coupon so this project was super cheap!
Next I think I’ll paint my kitchen purple! I’m scared of purple, but because it just until we can remodel I think I’ll try it! Maybe something along these lines:
Ash Violet by Sherwin Williams
Or if I’m really feeling like going out on a limb:
Vigorous Violet by Sherwin Williams