Behold: our chocolate bedroom. When we bought the house this was the color on the walls. I remember looking at the house and both Hubby and I cringed when we saw this. Chocolate is a lovely color… but with only 2 windows limited space, it makes this room very cave like. Above is the view from the hall door.
Here is the view from my side of the bed. The TV is a new addition. We are working on hiding the cords. The door in the middle of the wall goes to the bathroom. The dresser is an old yard sale find and is just a placeholder until we find a larger, nicer dresser.
Oh yes, and the windows. Most of the windows in our house came with these upholstered window cornices. They were no doubt a suggestion from a stager to give the house a more polished look. But for us, they blocked the top 10 inched of the window and only added to the cave effect. Nothing a little pent up aggression can’t fix! I took this bad boy down in less than a minute.
On one of our numerous trips to the hardware store, Hubby and I collected tons of blue swatches. We started off looking for a deep slate blue. We ended up bring home a bunch of denim blues. Once we taped them in the wall we realized that a deep blue would do the same thing as the chocolate brown. We went back to the drawing board and looked for lighter and more crisp colors. You’ll see our choice in a minute…
I had a week off work so I saved the painting for then. I knew it would take multiple coats. I prepped the room by patching the walls, removing the cornices, sanding the patchwork, vacuuming the dust from the base boards and wiping them down. I don’t believe in taping when I paint so I skipped that step. I have a steady hand and plenty of patience.
We chose Benjamin Moore “Glass Slipper” paint and primer in one in eggshell finish. Its a super soft subtle blue. Sometimes it looks like cream, or gray depending on the lighting and time of day. I even see a slight green tint sometimes. Way more soothing to me than chocolate brown.
Look at the contrast! The first coat when on beautifully! I did two coats because the brown was still coming through and the blue looks that more crisp with another coat.
Mid paint mess. After painting the walls, I realized how dingy the trim was. I happened to have a little trim paint already so I did a quick coat on all the trim while Baby O napped.
Look what a little elbow grease and paint can do! It feels so much bigger and fresh!
Our new mattress arrived and its a good 6 inches taller than our old set. I think I may have to finagle a new or taller headboard. Next: White linens and bedding, choose an accent color, nightstand makeovers, new headboard or redo the old one, wall art and a secret wall treatment! This will all happen over the course of a few months as we have time, money and find exactly what we want.
Likey? What amazing transformations have you made with a simple coat of paint?