We had Spring Break this past week and had planned on taking an 8-day driving trip to Oregon to see friends and visit some college campuses.
Instead, a stomach virus hit the house and I canceled everything. By mid-week we were feeling better and decided it was time to tackle a painting project in the playroom that the kids and I have wanted to do for about 4 years.
When we moved into our current home, we were super thrilled that it had just been fully painted, inside and out. The walls were a nice neutral and everything was move-in ready.
The color wasn’t exactly something I would have picked out on my own but I liked it plenty and it worked well with our furniture and somewhat-minimalist style.
After 4 years, though, the walls have started to get dingy with fingerprints and normal family life wear and tear. The kids have each painted their bedrooms, and I had wanted to redo the playroom walls but lacked the motivation to do it on my own.
So when we were all home and housebound over Spring Break, Adam and I dug through our gift cards and found that we had quite a bit of money on cards from Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware.
The girls and I watched a Fixer Upper episode where they painted a playroom in “ombre” style and really wanted to give it a go — so we did!
Here is the “Before” of our playroom:
The room is completely and totally functional — it just lacked a bit of style and personal preference.
The kids picked out three blue hues — which took a VERY LONG TIME for us to agree upon. Some people buy little samples to take home to try out on their walls before committing to a color for ever and ever.
That’s not what happens in the O’Dea family. 😉 We are sort of All or Nothing kind of people… 😉
One of the best things about conducting this project over spring break when we were supposed to go on a vacation is that Adam was off work. I know that the girls and I could have figured out how to measure and make everything level on our own, but we were happy to pass that task on to Adam…
FYI: that is not sexist. that is using your resources wisely….
The girls started off painting down low while I did the top section. I do have three daughters, BTW….
my oldest is 16 1/2. She did not help. At all.
We went through A LOT of Painter’s Tape. (note to self: buy stock in 3M products…) Adam guesses we went around the room 6 times…
One of the biggest projects was that Adam installed crown moulding in the room. I don’t seem to have remembered to take any photos during the installation.
And here is the finished project:
The colors we chose were from BEHR — and they are (from top to bottom):
Journey’s End S520-2u
Jean Jacket Blue S510-4m
Durango Blue S510-6d
I could not be any happier with the color choices — the room looks much larger and has a calm and peaceful vibe. The bright white moulding and trim really makes everything pop and now I want to go through the rest of the house and update the trim and walls.
So, since we didn’t go away on an 8-night vacation, and we had giftcards for the Home stores, and we did everything ourselves, I decided just now that I
(I could say we but we all know who the puppet-master is in these sort of situations..)
saved us about $4700.
YAY me!! 🙂