Let me start by saying – I LOVE paint! Love, love, love it! It is amazing how you can completely change the look of a room or a piece of furniture just by changing the color! An added bonus is that paint is much less expensive than most other home renovations or decor and easy to redo if you grow bored of it. Can you tell I love paint? Actually, I should say I love it most of the time. I have SUCH a hard time picking the right hue when it comes to painting a room. However, I’m learning to go with my gut. Usually when I take a leap of faith and use a color that jumps out at me, I love it. When I over think, and over paint sample, I get myself in trouble. (But at least I use those cast away paint samples!) If you have any tips on picking the perfect paint color, I would love to hear about it!
But enough about my love affair with paint, you’ve heard it before and you will hear it again, so let’s move on to the fun stuff! Here’s how my son’s big boy room and furniture went from ho-hum and blah to bright and colorful with just a few gallons of paint.
First up, two-toned walls. My son’s room has high ceiling so I wanted to break up the space by using two different paint colors. The the top half of the wall was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sea View and the bottom half and all of the trim was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Denim Wash. We added wainscoting to the bottom half of the walls, which gives the space an additional detail that I love. However, if wainscoting isn’t in your budget or skill set (Grandpa did ours – thanks Grandpa! Love you!!!) you can always break up the colors by using chair rail.
Next, I wanted to bring a pop of color to the room, so I painted the interior of the door in Benjamin Moore’s Currant Red and used this same color on the All Star Scoreboard I painted. I love the way it turned out! I think the red really adds a nice touch and breaks up the monochromatic look of the room. (I didn’t paint the light switch cover, I just wanted to share this detail with you.)
Lastly, Christine and I painted his furniture in Benjamin Moore’s Kensington Blue to coordinate with the rest of the room. The Benjamin Moore paint colors I used were all on the same paint swatch (except the red), just different shades. I started with the darkest for the furniture, then moved up two colors for the bottom half of the wall, and then up another two colors for the top half of the wall. This allowed me to use several different shades of blue without having to wonder if the colors worked together since they were all in the same color family.
Christine found the dresser at Salvation Army and it has a great Pottery Barn Kids vibe, but without the price tag. Score!
I found the bed on Craigslist. Unfortunately, I don’t have any “before” photos of this. It was not assembled when I bought it and I took my chances since I wasn’t sure how it would look put together. But, I feel like the dresser and the bed are long lost twins separated at birth. You can’t tell from these photos, but both pieces have the same edges and woodworking details.
Here is the “After” shot…..
You’ve gotta love the power of paint! What are you inspired to makeover?
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