Sooo many spaces in our house are in dire need of a major decluttering, painting, and re-decorating. The living room started as a cluttered, crowded space that was not cohesive and honestly, a little insane looking. A mismatach of my DIY projects and stylish pieces, it needed a huge makeover that started with a fresh coat of paint and a new inspiring color. Since painting is the quickest, easiest way to instantly transform a room, we decided to partner up with Sherwin Williams for this project! Our living room is the single biggest room needing some attention, it has been this (sort of pretty) blue for many years, but I've been dying to change the color since I first saw it! Blue couches with blue paint on the walls...No bueno. Typically, Paul eventually always gets on board with my crazy ideas and projects. He actually gave me free reign to pick new paint colors for the living room. We picked Alabaster by Sherwin Williams (originally- I also constantly change my mind which Paul likes to remind me) because it's a beautiful creamy neutral color and I knew I wanted a neutral base to begin- and knew we could always layer colorful accessories or furniture later!
To paint our living room walls we used sandpaper, paint rollers, primer, Sherwin Williams Alabaster Emerald Paint. We chose Emerald because it's top of the line, high quality interior paint and we needed something that would be durable and long lasting in such a high profile space in our home.
I started by sanding all of the walls down, I used sandpaper pad attached to a handle to make the process go quicker and reaching the heights easier. After sanding, I cleaned the walls with a sponge and just plain old water. Just a slightly damp sponge or paper towel worked well.
The biggest obstacles that I encountered with painting were the furniture and stuff that we have everywhere. I would move furniture from one wall, lay down drop cloths and paint. Then, I would move all the furniture back to the first wall and lay down more drop cloths. Painting an empty room or a room with less furniture would have been exponentially easier! Definitely recommend doing it that way if possible, but in this case, it was not. Do the best you can.
I actually started painting at first without primer, but after my first wall that clearly would need a second coat of paint, I decided to proceed with a priming coat first for the next three walls to make the paint go further and since creamy white needed to cover light blue. I used Kilz Premium 2 primer to prime and continued painting the other three walls. For the edges, in lieu of taping the entire edges of the room top and bottom, I used a paint edger from Amazon. It worked very well and was definitely a time saver. I have read that higher quality brushes also make a huge difference in the outcome of your project- and I have to say, I absolutely agree with this. I've used cheaper brushes in the past and the results are always lackluster and I end up buying a nicer more expensive brush every single time! This time around, I used Wooster brushes and a Wooster roller. Things will move along much quicker with the correct tools.
After cleaning, sanding and priming the walls, I painted two coats of Alabaster, a smooth, creamy white. Unfortunately, this project took much longer than I originally anticipated, especially when only being able to paint a few hours each night after work. Set up, break down, and clean up takes forever! I definitely don't recommend doing it this way- bust it all out in one afternoon if you can. I couldn't do it- our living room is huge! I've painted furniture, concrete, frames, and a million other things over the years but I have to say, painting walls is NOT my thing. I love how easily paint updates a space, but turns out, painting rooms is one of those things that I would rather hire a professional to do. I'd rather the result be absolutely perfect and I don't have the time, patience and attention to detail to accomplish that. All that said, I'm super pleased with the difference a coat of paint made in the room! I feel like we were able to completely change the feel and look of the room, and our new paint color provided a great base to re-imagine and redecorate the space. I'm looking forward to continued decorating of the living room and hopefully creating a dreamy, cozy space.
I'm actually in the midst of having our entire house re-painted (professionally) because I'm loving the huge impact a fresh coat of paint makes! I feel like it's a whole new house, and I love it!
Andddd here is another after photo- after I decided that Alabaster wasn't working for me. and I instead wanted Sea Salt walls! It's the color of our front door and I love it. It just felt like the right choice.
Have you ever taken on a project like this? How did it go?