When we bought our home, we had a few projects in mind to make it really our own. One of them was to paint over the brown walls in the living room. (Yuck!) Since we have a few weeks until we are completely moved in we decided to make it our first task of homeownership.
We had a few ideas in mind for color. I grabbed almost every swatch variation of light gray I could find at both Home Depot and Lowes. It was a tough choice but in the end Behr had the winning color.
Behr has a multitude of gray paints but the one we chose is called White Metal. I just loved the way this color looked with our wood pallet accents and flooring. We purchased Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra Interior paint which also had a primer in it. I was extremely pleased with the quality of paint we purchased! For more information about the paint we used, check out Behr’s site here.
We needed a few other supplies in order to get the paint job done. To save money, we shopped at Walmart of a few of these supplies. But don’t get me wrong, we spent a lot of time and money at both Lowes and Home Depot for this one! Here’s what we bought:
- 2 Roller Handles
- 1 Roller Handle Extend
- 5 Rollers
- 3 Medium Paint Brushes (for trim.)
- 1 Small Paint Brush (for hard to reach trim.)
- 3-4 Stir Sticks
- 1 Rubber Mallet (to close paint after use.)
- 1 8ft Ladder (bought prior to painting but came in handy!)
We opted against buying a drop-cloth because we used old sheets instead. I would advise you spend the money and buy one because we did have some seepage. Nothing a little water couldn’t remove!
These brown walls did NOTHING for this room. It felt small and dark. I also felt that the color didn’t match the flooring which is a light gray wood.
Let’s Get to Painting!
It took us a total of 2 days from start to finish. We started on the back wall of the living room the first day but knocked out the other 2 walls and second coat on our final day. It’s amazing the amount of teamwork we put into this to get it done in 2 days!
This girl can handle a roller! Look at that form!
On day 1 we finished the back wall of the living room with the first coat. We got a late start so we didn’t want to push ourselves to paint more. The second day of our painting adventure would prove to be ambitious!
My least favorite part of painting was the trim but we managed to do it decently. Judd has become a trim-painting pro!
During day 2, we put the first coat on the front and side walls and did the trim. We finished the first coat by about 2-3pm. We decided to keep going and put a second coat on before the end of the day. That’s just what we did!
I did my fair share of painting despite what this selfie might suggest!
What a difference a lighter color makes! The living room feels so much bigger and brighter now. I’ve been bit by the painting bug…I want to paint our dining space/kitchen next. Sadly that may require some bribery to Judd!