Who is Hughes? That’s me. My maiden name was Hughes. For 27 years, I was Katie Hughes. For such a common last name, it’s amazing how many times I had to tell people how to pronounce it. My favorite was Huge-hess. Probably because it sounded like “huge heads”…something near and dear to me. literally. So what does my maiden name “Hughes” have to do with paint? Nothing really. It’s just a homonym for the real meat (bacon if you will) of this post…paint hues. But first a little background info for those of you just joinin’ this partay:
Painting our guest bedroom (project #1 on our to-do list) was long overdue. And obviously, so was learning how to use the white balance on my camera.
In this makeover, the first thing we did was tackle the bedding. Remember – it’s always a good idea to pull your linens and upholstery into a room before you tackle the paint. It’s a heckova lot easier to snag the perfect paint color to match your duvet than it is to find the duvet that matches your paint. The bedding we went for was a simple and classic Hotel white & chocolate scheme.
and we also decided that our accent color would be none other than the infamous (and wildly misunderstood) red.
This simple color palette would make it quite easy to find the perfect shade for our walls. We are tan people through and through…not literally…we are actually quite pasty…but for walls, we love us a good shade of beige. Plus we are constantly thinking about resale work. AKA – what would we have to pay to get this space ready for selling so that we can move to a farm. Jeremy doesn’t know it yet, but he wants to be a farmer. With a horse. And painting our walls warm sandy brown would ensure that we would NOT have to repaint when Jer-bear wants to pack in it and ride off into the sunset.
So with our mind set on tan and a gift card curtesy of True Value, we searched our paint swatches for the perfect shade.
The first color that really spoke to us was Olympic’s Classic Khaki…it would really compliment the dark brown, warm up the white bedding and the splash of red would really pop against the neutral hue. But then there was also Olympic’s Dusty Trail. We are definitely fans of Dusty Trail…afterall, it’s the same color in our dining room, our den and our kitchen. But surprisingly we have no bedroom with the lovely tan color. Our last option was Benjamin Moore’s French White. I definitely liked that it was lighter than the other two…mostly because I was scared that a darker hue would close in the space…but I was a little nervous that using a lighter beige would not allow for that cozy warm feeling that I wanted to infuse into the place for guests…plus it appeared to have more of a pink undertone (a big no-no when it comes to tan…unless you like walls covered in FLESH. sicko.)
After much consideration, I decided to go with the Dusty Trail. I really loved the Classic Khaki but since it was so close to Dusty Trail and I’ve used that paint color in the past with rave reviews, I knew that it would be better to go with the one that was tried and true. Plus, limiting the total number of hues in our home would allow us to limit the total number of touchup paint cans we have to store and the less work we have to do to remember what colors are where in our house. So we have a winner…
Since True Value can color match anything, we just took the swatch to their paint department and got two gallons in eggshell. Then we headed home and prepped the room for the new hue.
Remember when I said that the paint job was long overdue? Yeah…one of the many reasons we had failed to tackle this easy task was because the previous owner made it not-so-easy with his ridiculously bad paint job. Not only did the walls require sanding, but then we had to wipe down them all so that we could apply the paint without the excess dust getting in the way.
Believe it or not, that is not a close-up photo. That drip of paint was the size of my pointer finger. Ga-rows.
For this situation, we found that the best solution was not regular sandpaper but these sanding sponges. They were easier to hold and you could go over the walls faster than with sheets. Plus, when the sponge got clogged up, I could rinse it out and keep on truckin.
Then it was painting time. The walls only required two coats…and it went very quickly especially since we did not have to cut in the top edge (we were already planning on adding crown molding so we knew that no clean edge was necessary).
Dude Jeremy…next time tell me I need to cover up those dark circles under my eyes. Not cool.
So there you have it…one freshly painted room. Not really that much to look at right now…but believe me, that crown molding isn’t called “crown” for nothing…it really does make the room oh-so-regal.
Oh and here’s a quick tip for those of you who are doing your own painting projects: don’t wash your brush between coats. Instead of cleaning it out, wrap it tightly in seran wrap (rubberband the bottom if necessary) and then put it into your fridge till you need it for the next coat. Just don’t forget about it in there. It’ll keep for at least two days till you can get back to cutting in.
Thanks for following along as we go through this bedroom makeover…it really is a process and I like to remember each step. Next up – the fan replacement and then crown molding. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…let’s talk hues…anyone out there with a paint project? What is your key factor in picking a shade…resale value? color undertone? getting your wife off your back? Or perhaps just because it makes you happy? Colors can do that, you know. I would know…my last name was Hues….err…Hughes. And now this post has gone full circle 🙂
p.s. eager to read more about picking the perfect beige or the right shade for your space? head on over to get some help at this Paint 101 post I wrote for the True Value site. Plus there are some great tips from other veteran blogsquadders.
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