If you follow along on facebook, you know I had a coupon for a free sample of paint, actually two samples. I’m not great at choosing paint colors. I have 5 gallons of the ugliest paint on the planet to prove my history of bad choices, but I am extremely impressed by Valspar’s spring line of paint at Lowe’s.
They’re not even paying me to say that.
I fell in love with all the sample colors, but I had to choose just one. It was difficult, but I chose Herb Cornucopia. I think it should be called Dewy Spring Grass, but Valspar doesn’t consult me on the paint names.
After my 5 gallon paint debacle, I painted the entire house white. It was a monochromatic penance.
I like the neutral pallet and I love the way colors pop against white, but four years later, this girl is longing for some color.
When you walk in my front door, there’s a staircase and a super-long hallway. We put up a shelf about three quarters up the wall and then hung twenty-something hooks. It was a great decision. All winter long, kids come in my house with dripping, icy and snowy clothes, they can strip down out of all their outer layers and hang each item on a hook. It’s wonderful!
Everyone who comes in my house comments on how they wish they had that many hooks.
I painted the top portion of this wall and hung all our own art.
I’m in love with the result. What do you think?
Before: I framed scrapbook paper and rested the frames on the shelf. In person, it was nice. It was matching. It wasn’t really me. I’m more of a crazy color kind of girl.
After: I painted the top third of the wall and hung our homemade art. My kids made most of the paintings, but I made the sun. It’s similar to this huge DIY wooden sign I made.
One third of the wall is still empty. I’m waiting to get my kid’s art projects from school. I already know they have some amazing paintings and sculptures I want to hang.
I also have a collection of “G’s” that have been under my bed for quite some time. I figured I’d add a few of those to our gallery wall.
I just love how it brightens up my entire hallway.
This was a budget project that only cost me .99 cents for a foam brush. That’s right! I put three coats of paint on this wall with a little foam brush, only wide enough to fit in the sample bottle. I knew a roller would suck up too much paint and I would have to buy more, so I hand brushed it. Projects always cost you time and or money. I just figured I could spare more time than money on this update.
It was worth every single brush stroke.
Was it worth falling off the ladder and splattering paint everywhere?
Well, yes, although I’m still not quite ready to admit that happened. When my husband heard the story, he said, “That’s why I never give you ladder taller than six feet. It would be too dangerous.”
What do you think? Do you like the color??
Are you doing any painting projects?
If you are, check out the Valspar spring colors. You might fall in love.
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