Easy Room Refresh Plans
Hi friends! I am popping in today just to let you know about a quick and easy project we have going on this weekend. You guys know by now that my favorite way to update any space on a tight budget is to creatively use paint, and that’s exactly what I am going to be doing. I’ve been considering painting Wilder’s ceiling for some time now, and recently my friend Jewel asked me if I’d like to join her in “Sanity check refresh.” She told me I could do any project I wanted to, big or small, and we would announce it one week and reveal it the next. That seemed to me like the perfect invitation to finally paint that ceiling! There are several of us doing projects over the course of this week, and I’ve linked to everyone else at the bottom of this post. Now let me show you what I am working with, and talk about my plans.
I honestly love Wilder’s room. His room is the smallest in the house, but it serves us well, and we enjoy hanging out together in here. We spend so much time playing and reading, and it’s pretty comfortable thanks to the Nugget. The temporary wallpaper makes my heart happy, and it is easily changeable as he grows, but I selected this one specifically to grow with him for at least a while. You can read all about how to hang temporary wallpaper here.
The ceiling in here has always bugged me a bit because there are a couple of gray spots on it from when the previous owners painted the room. However, we just haven’t yet gotten around to painting any ceilings. I try to create a lot of patterns on my walls so you don’t look up… it’s my trick. 😉
When I knew mindbodygreen was coming to shoot my home, I decided it was finally time to remove the command hooks I had in Wilder’s room at Christmas time. I had used them to hang paper lanterns and left them thinking I would change them out per season. Eventually, I decided it would probably be wasteful to hang paper lanterns for every season and I opted not to do it. (Come to think of it, I should just use my Cricut and make some on my own that I can recycle or reuse. Hmmmm.) To refresh your memory, here is what his room looked like at Christmas.
I had about 6 lanterns hanging from hooks on his ceiling. When I finally tried to remove them the day before mindbodygreen arrived, I was devastated as they peeled the drywall right off. UUUGH!
While it was so frustrating, I patched things up as best I could and at least the brown drywall was not visible. The silver lining is that it finally lit the fire under my rear to get this ceiling painted! I had a few thoughts on color, but consulted with my friend Natalie who is a master of the painted ceiling. Her new home in Charlotte is filled with beautifully painted ceilings, loads of color and pattern, and is just such a fun and creative space. Her dining room has a beautiful terra cotta ceiling, and her living room has a gorgeous forest green. Seriously, go check her out!
As you can see if you popped over, Natalie is much more vibrant in her color selections than I am, but her response to my asking about color thoughts was aligned with mine… green! With the black and white trees on the wall, I wanted to select a color that really fit the woodsy vibe of the room, and would also be something that I loved for years to come. While a mustard or yellow may have been nice as well, I think that color would have agitated me on the ceiling. Yellow is known to cause anger or anxiety, and Lord knows we don’t need any more of that right now.
Green, however, is a color that soothes my soul. Our green bathroom is a beloved space of mine because it feels like a fresh sanctuary even though in reality it’s a very dated space and we just worked with what we had. Just goes to show you what paint and simple affordable updates can do!
Last week I headed over to my local Sherwin Williams to bring home every swatch of green I might like.
Of course, when you hold a color up on the ceiling, their appearance changes so much! I did narrow it down from these, and I made a final selection. You will just have to come back next week to see what I picked and how it looks in his bedroom. 😉
Now be sure to head on over to check out all of the projects everyone else has planned for this week. We’re all stuck inside, so we may as well make the best of our time and be productive, right?