Hey there! I’m so excited to share the guest room reveal with you today! I was thrilled to work with Sherwin-Williams again this year on yet another room makeover. (See our master closet makeover from last year here!) This is National Painting Week and I’m one in a group of bloggers sharing spaces to kick that off!
I’m so in love with this space my friends. I shared the process I went through as I picked out the paint last week. The new color is called Softened Green and it so soothing and pretty – absolutely perfect for a bedroom.
I was so ready to get rid of the ombre/square look though! I was a little nervous when I poured the new paint color in the pan because when wet it looked really light (which is what I had before). But it dried to a lovely color -- a slighter deeper green tone with some gray to it.
When I was done painting I had to deal with an issue that I knew was going to be a problem from the start. Because I had taped off this wall (twice) and painted the squares, there were tape lines to deal with:
First of all, you’ll see in a minute that this is not a good representation of the color. It’s so crazy how they can look different with settings and light. It appears much grayer in this photo than it really is.
Anyway, see those lines? It’s not a paint issue – the paint covered beautifully. I’ve tried many things over the years to cover those lines after the fact. With a bit of sanding they can be minimized and a coat of primer helps too.
I had something in mind for this wall anyway, so I wasn’t too concerned with it. I wanted to do some kind of trimwork, similar to our master bedroom, but I didn’t want to spend as much on the mdf to do so. So I went with my favorite wood “planking” product – underlayment. It’s seriously so cheap, only $13 for a four by eight foot piece:
I had the folks at the hardware store to cut it down into strips (one piece was just enough for the whole wall). The painter’s tape I used years ago was two inches wide so I went with 2.5 inch strips of underlayment so they would be sure to cover everything well.
This stuff is great – I’ve used it numerous times now (you can see it on the kitchen island here and fireplace here) and I usually only need to use one coat. I think that’s mostly due to using good paint. ;) It’s such a big time saver.
I just used the strips of it to cover where the taped off lines were on the wall and when I was done it completely changed the look of the room!:
I love using this underlayment – it’s a lot thinner than the usual mdf I use so it’s a little more subtle. I did sand down the edges because they were rough from being cut down. I also used a lot of paint along the edges to get those filled in and give it a more finished look.
I have to tell you – this is my new favorite room in the house. I think I say that every time I work on a space but for real, it is such a calming, pretty space. While I worked on it I would just stand in there and look around. It was so pretty!
Before the back wall had four colors and the other walls were a lighter color. It helps to soothe the room a bit to have it all one color:
I shared some small additions a few weeks back, including this free wifi printable for guests:
Remember when I showed you that inspiration photo last week of the green and black accents in a bedroom? That’s always been my goal here – the combo feels fresh to me. The bedside table is really an old sewing machine table I grabbed from the side of the road years back: I cut down the legs to make it into a nightstand. It’s still one of my favorite furniture projects ever. :)
The artwork is just inexpensive frames with scrapbook paper inside. So easy! They look so good with that white popping against the green!
I showed you the process that took this window from the basic before: To the pretty after by adding window trim. It never ceases to amaze me the difference it makes:
The crisp white with the green makes me so happy. Pretty. :)
Remember how I told you how much light can change the look of a color? On the day I took these it was really cloudy outside so the color went more green. When the sun is out and it’s brighter it goes more gray. I love both versions. :)
The tall dresser used to sit in this corner but I moved things around to lighten the view a little bit when you walk in:
The cedar chest is an antique I found thrifting years ago and it’s great for storage in here. The light was for a future project but because we don’t have an overhead light in here I wanted something in this corner. I LOVE how that little spot came together. Simple and functional (a great spot for luggage!) but cute.
Here’s a better look at the bench:
It just feels so much better without the bulky dresser in that corner!
I moved that to the other side of the room and added some life to the top:
I have plans to paint the dresser (it is a real mess up close) but honestly, I don’t mind it at all now!:
I think it will be a stunner in black so it will happen someday. But this goes to show how good this color looks with cherry wood. If you have maple or cherry kitchen cabinets this color would be lovely on the walls!
The major costs were $20 for the window trim and $13 for the wall treatment. With a few new accessories and art, I transformed the room for less than $200!:
I didn’t include the bedding in that since I’ve had it but it was a crazy good deal too.
I wouldn’t mind spending a night in here. :) It’s such a relaxing space and feels a bit more sophisticated now too – just what I was going for!:
If you’re looking for a gray green tone, this Softened Green may be the one for you! Have you tried this color? Now, I’m off to go take a nap in that bed. :) Be sure to check out all of the other blogger projects in celebration of National Painting Week!
Disclosure: I was compensated by Sherwin-Williams for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share products I know and trust.