Did I say that I was going to stick to a plan? Any plan?
I don’t know what came over me! In a total fit of ‘I need to get some colour in this apartment’ I popped over to our local DIY store and dragged 10l of paint back home on the train.
Not exactly fun and by the time I got home I’d thoroughly lost the motivation to even start painting but being a good little DIY blogger I prevailed.
And here’s our newly painted bedroom!
I usually overthink every colour decision and admittedly spend way too much time contemplating the difference in colour shades that probably only I would ever notice.
So for me, this was a super radical decision – not least because of the colour I opted for!
It really is true, once you’ve crossed over to the dark side there’s just no going back!
We love the richness and instantly more finished feeling of the room!
Yes, the floors still need sanding and yes, there are about a million other jobs to do but what a difference a bit of paint can make!
As this was our first painting project in our new home, I have to admit that I’d been a bit anxious about how we’d cope with our high ceilings and large walls.
I could almost feel my arms aching before I’d even lifted my paintbrush for the first time!
To put it into context and give you a better idea of just how large our walls are, we used the same amount of paint in this room as we used to paint our whole hallway in our last home! Yep, a full 10 litres of paint just on our bedroom walls!
Then there’s the time frame.
We’ve had a fair amount of painting practice over the last years so we’re usually able to knock out a room painting project in about half a day (depending on how much prep needs doing and how long the drying time is) but to paint this room took sooo much longer!
It took a full day of both Jan and I working to clear the room, get everything taped off and give everywhere the first coat of paint. Then I spent about half of a second day giving everywhere a second coat of paint (the second coat is always much quicker!).
Almost all of our rooms have curved moulding where the walls meet the ceiling. Whilst it’s a lovely period feature to have, it does mean that there’s no natural break for us to paint up to.
Because we know that we’ll be faced with a similar situation every time we paint a room in our apartment we decided to treat ourselves to a new gadget to make taping off the walls just a bit easier and now have a fab new laser level!
Of course, we could have used a spirit level to mark an edge around the room but our new tool made it so much easier! You just attach the level to the wall and it projects a line right around the room. Then it’s just a matter of attaching the tape. I don’t even want to think about how long it would have taken to mark out everything with a spirit level!
The colour we chose is a colour matched version of Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue.
I always used to think that it was worth spending a bit more on high-quality paints but I have to admit that this experience may have changed my mind. The final verdict is still out but the colour matched paint was so much cheaper that I couldn’t resist giving it a try. (I’ll be sharing more on colour matched paints soon!) If we’d purchased F&B paint it would have cost us a whopping 276€ to paint the room and this way it was under 40€!
We’ve not yet painted the radiator recesses and I’m seriously considering painting the skirting and door the same colour as the walls.
As we still have some building work planned in here (you can read about how we’d like to change the layout of our apartment here) we already know that this is only going to be a temporary update (which is part of the reason we opted for colour matched paint in the first place) but I love the colour so much that I think we’ll keep it!
Do you overthink every colour decision? Have you used dark paint in your home or do you prefer light colours? Have you ever tried colour matching paint? Did it work for you?