Friday, April 08, 2011

Painting... with COLOR!

For the last 10 years I have lived all but one year in dorm rooms and apartments that were white.  And I wasn't allowed to paint.

When we moved last year one of the first things I did was find paint chips of the colors I wanted for all the rooms.  But someone wouldn't let me paint while I was pregnant or afterwards with Noah in the house.  Kind of hard to do when the baby wants to nurse in the middle of the day!

Since we have finally graduated to not having to nurse in the middle of the day the boys all went to my parent's house yesterday and I painted.  Whoop!

One wall in the boy's room (yes, there is a baby in that bed, it was nap time and I needed a picture with light before it was too late!)

and one wall in the living room.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! 

I used the Natura paint by Benjamin Moore because it was supposed to be actually no VOC's, but I was still a little high after 5 hours over a paint can, even with ventilation.  Or maybe my headache was because I didn't get enough sleep the night before.  Either way, this paint is acrylic as opposed to latex and I'm not sure how it's going to work out.  It seems to scratch really easily (even with 2 coats) so I'm a bit worried as to how well it will hold up to the boys.  But maybe it just needs more time to dry fully and get hard.  We'll see!

I have grand intentions for the rest of these cream colored walls too!  The rest of the living room will be a tan color and the boys room will be a very light blue, more periwinkle than powder blue though, I don't like that shade!  Now to find another time for it...

What do you think?  Do you like bold colors?  If you could repaint in your house what would you change?


  1. I LOVE it! (That's the color of one of our bathroom walls.) I love color on walls. I esp. love that deep red color, and downstairs I used blue on the guest room walls. One of the kid rooms is a lite brown and the other a green. Definitely raised eyebrows when I chose the colors. It's funny how certain people just always expect walls to be WHITE but I think a dash of color can really make a room stand out and be unique.

    Love your work!

  2. You know me Krista....I love the white walls!! Lol! Yeah right! Seriously, just getting ready for our friends from home community who are coming over tomorrow to paint Asher's room a light celery green (that room is sooo dark) and our room will have two orange walls and the other two white. Go bold or go home!

    Love the red! So is the boys' room going to be red and periwinkle? I'm confused.

    Two weeks and counting from today! Can hardly believe it! We are pretty set for stuff...nice thing about having the second. Love ya!

  3. Love the bright walls! They look an awful lot like my fireplace wall... ;)

  4. Allison6:30 PM

    Love it! I have wall envy. ;) Our walls here are horrible- wrinkly and warped from nearly 100 years of layers of wallpaper, paint, plaster, and who knows what else (definitely serious water damage as we have a big crack in one wall), pieces of plaster falling off in places, scuffs, never a straight line on corners. You'll see when you come. And all blah white. I miss our chocolate brown wall in our first apartment (the landlord who let us paint!)

  5. I LOVE bold colors...but I'm always too scared to actually paint my walls w/ them. Perhaps our next house will be "the one" where I let loose and try something new. :)

  6. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Love it, what is the name of the red?


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