After another weekend spent moving furniture around, climbing up and down a stepladder eleventy billion times, and praying that I wouldn’t mess up the carpet every few seconds, I’m happy to report: the master bedroom is no longer pinky beige! Let’s celebrate!
For whatever reason, this northern-exposure bedroom usually felt the pinkiest of the pinky-beige. Super frustrating when I was trying to create a space that felt relaxed and “ours” – two things pinky-beige could never connote!
I usually delight in a good light blue, but the whole thing came across as pastel blue with pastel pink and... no. Just no!
So it needed a good griege-ifying. As you know, I used Worldly Gray in the guest room (yes that is the same pinky-beige paint color, just with afternoon southern-exposure lighting):
But I thought I’d go one shade on the chip darker for our bedroom. I love a good dark, cozy bedroom to contrast with bright living areas, and I also knew the amount of light this room got (despite the northern exposure) could take a darker tone. One shade darker = Amazing Gray, one of my paint color hero Emily A. Clark’s favorites!
The color is looking a little washed out here (why is it so dang impossible to photograph grays?) but hopefully you get the idea. Similar to the guest room, one click darker!
With paint in hand, Mr. P and I cleared out most of the smaller furniture and items on the walls. The office was already an insane mess of our incredible inherited baby haul, so why not make it worse?
That part is always when I question whether painting is a good idea or not. You have to take a step back to move forward, ugh!
Then it was time to get to work! Sometimes at night, sometimes in daylight, but either way, these comparison shots show how much the color was a vast improvement.
It sounds silly to say this out loud, but before I started painting this apartment, I didn’t realize how much more difficult it is to paint sloped walls. When walls are perfectly vertical from floor to ceiling, you only need to move furniture two to three feet away (just enough to squeeze in a ladder and dropcloth). But to be able to cut in where the sloped wall meets the ceiling, the furniture had to come out further into the room. Fortunately our rooms are quite large, but I had to use every bit of floor space to be able to access the walls by ladder!
I should mention, as an expecting lady, that Behr Premium Plus paints are already low-VOC (not necessarily endorsing Behr, just stating what I could find after a bit of research). So while I would like to get our place painted well before the little one arrives in case of lingering VOCs, I don’t feel like it’s dangerous for me (or him) right now. The paint smell isn’t strong, and it’s basically gone after a day or two!
After I went all the way around the room, I had to do it a second time. I didn’t do a great job with coverage after the first pass because the wet paint color was too similar to the pink. It was quite obvious once it dried, though!
And after 80% of a mediocre Dan Brown audiobook (unit conversion: one mediocre Dan Brown audiobook = 18 hours) I was done!
The room isn’t totally back together yet – I like the paint to cure for a few days before putting things back on the wall – but it’s still already such an improvement. I can’t wait to have my white curtains up against the gray! LOVE.
One very slight disappointment: the dark Amazing Gray in a bright room looks basically the same as the Worldly Gray in an adjacent dark room (the foyer) – except for the undertones! I suspected they might look similar and thought the Amazing Gray might even help the foyer seem not-so-dark in comparison. But if you’re an undertone hawk like me, you might notice that Worldly Gray is a bit redder in undertone, while Amazing Gray is slightly greener. It’s something most people would never see, and it might be due to getting color-matched Behr instead of Sherwin Williams. Fortunately it’s not a huge disappointment (as no one will ever notice this but me, and even to me it isn’t that obvious), but it was something I’d hoped to avoid. Oh well! I’ll just count my no-longer-pinky-beige blessings instead.
Two rooms down, three to go!