Goodbye Salmon Sushi

Salmon Sushi is what I think of when I see Will’s room.  Just like how our rag rolled bathroom reminded me of raw ground beef…weird.


And you wanna hear something crazy?  This room actually photographed better than it looked in real life.  To the naked eye, it was like snorting bleach.  it BURNS.  I do not know that from experience…and will take the retina-searing wall treatment as an alternative.

And yes, we lived with this hideousness for way too long. 

That’s one of the reasons I was thrilled when True Value asked if I would be willing to review their new paint and primer in one. 

I have no idea why we pose with the True Value bear but it’s now a tradition. 

Then we went in right away to check out this new EasyCare Platinum paint. 

I must admit that I’ve been having a tough time picking out what I really want to do in that space.  It’s one theme one day, the next it’s totally different.  Sailboats, robots, dinosaurs, rainbow colors….it’s endless.  But it’s difficult for me to pick something since this little guy surprises me every day. 

So in the end, I did what any normal indecisive girl would do.  I chose white.  I took a swatch of Allen + Roth’s Subway Tile white in with me and the fine folks at True Value colormatched two gallons for me.

Will is a fan and he hasn’t even seen it on the walls yet.  THAT’s how much he hates the salmon sushi walls.

oh and yeah – my teeth look ridiculous…like I’m signaling aliens for landing.  ET call home!

Okay – so you should know that it took me three weeks to get two coats on the walls.  It took forever. 

The painting process itself didn’t take long and frankly I am surprised how well the first coat covered the pink on pink.

That’s my mom helping out again…literally I would get nothing done without her help.  And when she can’t watch Will, we put him down in a pack n play in the guest bedroom closet. 

There he is cuddling with all his ‘creatures’…my little belly sleeper :)

The room actually started breathing when we put on that first coat.  It became a live again.  I started noticing things in the room – like how the ceiling is actually painted and the trim is all this dirty cream color and how there is even cable to the high corner.

And for the grand reveal – we have a very blank slate.  WHEW! 

Anything is better than the pink salmon sushi walls.   Oh and you may notice that we moved some of the furniture around a bit. 

Okay – so let’s get down to brass tax.  Here’s how I feel about the new paint & primer in one…


  • Two coats and our walls are decently covered
  • Did not drip or run even when we put it on liberally
  • This was probably the hardest challenge any paint would go through – and it came out looking like way more than just two coats.
  • The paint dried fast…so fast that we could put Will back in there after his nap and the walls were done. 


  • This stuff dried fast…so fast that we had to clean out the roller pan because the dried clumps were transferring onto the wall
  • The paint was thick…so two gallons could do two coats…no more (and if I was being really picky, I would have done one more coat)

I give the paint a 8.7 outta 10.  Sorry True Value, I know you would want a 10 outta 10 but I’m like those Chinese judges at the Olympic’s gymnastics…they always seem to score lower to leave room for the best.

So that’s the start of our nursery…not bad considering it looked like this only 6 short months ago:

Remember that horrible carpet?  I do.  Like I said…snorting bleach. 


Dear Salmon Sushi…I will not miss you and your ragrolled texture.  I hope you had a good life and hope you are enjoying 1993 heaven the rest of your ugly wall treatment friends.  Say hello to my old pal – the floral wallpaper border in mint green and pink coral.  We go way back.  Goodbye Salmon Sushi…goodbye.

p.s.  I do not recommend snorting anything.  unless it’s laughter.  or one of those netti pots. 

“I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”



  1. says

    It’s funny how you don’t notice the ‘shade’ of trim until you paint the room… happened in our family room! Oh well, living with ‘cream’ for now. Anyway, room looks so.much.better – you got it right by saying it can now ‘breathe’ – awesome!

  2. lisa says

    Looks sooooooo much better. Great job.
    Just curious–why do you put blankets ont he side of Will’s crib/ playpen?

    • says

      Well, Will used to have night terrors and would literally crawl into the side of the crib and bang his head while he slept. Then he would wake up actually hurt…so we started hanging the blankets to soften the blow a bit. Now it’s just habit :)
      xo – kb

  3. says

    Much better! Can’t wait until you paint the trim too. Why is the white dresser in there instead of the buffet that used to be his changing table/dresser? Just curious. Also, I have to put in a vote that I LOVED Will’s woodsy-owl nursery and I think you should try to recreate it here…maybe that’s boring but I just loved his original nursery so much, I miss it, especially that gallery wall with the owls!! :) I know whatever you decide to do will be amazing.

    • says

      We have just been switching things up to see how different things look…so the white dresser is in there for now because Will is old enough to damage the brown one and I don’t care what happens with the white one :)
      xo – kb

  4. says

    Oh Wow! you have done a great job, well done , what a difference paint makes. I think the white looks fantastic & with the cream it does looks quite high end too. It’s not easy taking on big painting jobs with young children, so well done. From my experience when I have a dark or bright color to paint over for the best coverage use a grey undercoat, it gives a really amazing coverage, & is a beautiful base , it adds a depth to your top coat. For a white top coat you would use a paler grey, even a pale grey will work amazingly well. Your local paint shop might even have a grey scale available, you tell them the color you are using & what colour you are painting over.
    I love your family & home, I read your blog every day thanks so much & good luck with all your future projects.

  5. Debbie says

    I am wondering where you put Will’s dresser/changing table. I have loved that since you bought it for him and have been wanting to use it as an actual buffet but wanted to know how it held up?

  6. says

    So much better! I’m not normally a fan of white, but I think it totally works in this room. I can’t wait to see what direction you end up going. I bet little Will will sleep better in this room.

  7. TheOtherKTBower'sMom says

    Love the new color in Will’s room. Very classy ! Can we please get a law passed to stop ragrolling aka ‘gag’rolling? I too think the trim would be fabulous in Navy Blue .
    Happy to see that Will still enjoys using the blankie I made!

  8. Anne says

    OMG. The second picture of Will with the flag might be the cutest thing I have ever seen. Love it!

    Oh and the room looks 100x better now!

  9. says

    The white paint looks so refreshing. Definitely a breath of fresh air.

    Mmy first job as a 15-year old was at Howard Brothers Hardware (the one in Duluth, GA). It gave me great pleasure to see their name again on your local store.

  10. Wendy says

    How funny…I happened upon your blog via YHL. Your kitchen colors are the same I am using on our Hartwell cabin…and then I see the pic of your True Value store…wait, that is MY True Value Store! I didn’t realize you were in the ATL area. Gotta love Howard Bros. and their neighbor, my Duluth Salvage. Love your blog and house!

    • says

      It’s Martha Stewarts Winterthur – we got it through Home Depot but there are other ways to get it I believe (if I remember correctly, Shaw makes it)
      xo – kb

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