I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! I had an amazing weekend in Atlanta attending the Haven Conference for DIY bloggers. After almost four years of blogging, this was the first conference that I have ever attended. I had such an incredible and inspiring experience networking and learning from all of my favorite DIY bloggers. I can’t wait to tell you more about Haven later this week (after I have a chance to upload my pictures), but let me just give you a sneak peek at something so very special that I had the chance to do:
(sorry about the shaky iphone pic)
Do you recognize the two fabulous ladies to my right and left? Yep, they are Shaunna West (left) from the Perfectly Imperfect and Miss Mustard Seed (Marian)(right) from Miss Mustard Seed. These ladies are two of the most talented furniture/decorative finish painters out there (and my paint idols) and I had the amazing opportunity to paint with them during the conference. I can’t wait to share with you some of the tricks and tips that I learned from Shaunna and Marian in the next week or so. Stay tuned!
Ok, so on to Paint It Monday!
Last week, I finally was able to share my office/craft room revamp project with you. Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and emails! I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to all of them since I was out of town at Haven but you can bet that I will be responding later today. All I can say is that I was just blown away by all of your kind words and notes of encouragement. You guys left me speechless and that never happens to me. It just meant so much to me to read through your comments and thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!
Before I begin sharing the projects in my room revamp, I wanted to share my final paint color palette with you. When I started this project, I originally posted painted colors that I had planned to use but unfortunately, I had to change all of my paint colors last minute. Because I created so much natural light in the new space, my original paint colors took on crazy hues that I never anticipated. I didn’t take my own advice and wait to pick my colors until I got the old dark red color off of the walls.
My original colors were not terrible but they needed slight tweaking and here are the final colors that I used in the space:
The walls in my office/craft room were painted in Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) and while it looks white or gray in the images, the color is a very light shade of warm gray and my all of my cabinets and my desk are painted in Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams), which is one shade down from Repose Gray on the paint card:
(If you look closely above the top left of the built in shelves, you can see the warmth in the gray a little better)
Here is a closeup of the cabinet and counter color (Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams):
You can also get a better feel for the wall color (Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams) in this shot below:
I cannot tell you just how amazing these two colors are to see in person. These colors are simply the perfect light mix of gray and warmth that keeps the gray from being too sterile, and the warm tan from being too khaki. FYI.. In a space with tons of natural light, the gray will stand out more and in spaces with little natural light, the warm light tan will stand out.
As for my table in the center of the room, I had the French gray/blue (blue gray with a undertone of indigo) color in my mind for a long time and I had to create a custom mix to get to the color. I just couldn’t find what I was looking for and I played with Repose Gray, Mindful Gray and Outerspace (all Sherwin Williams) until I got the color/ratio that I wanted:
here is a close up of the color:
If you too have been searching for the perfect French gray/blue color and haven’t found anything that is not too blue or too gray, you might like consider looking at this color. I just love it and it really looks so pretty with gray and dark blue. If you’re interested in finding a good French blue/gray, below is a photo collage of the table and formula that you can print (or send image to your phone) and take to Sherwin Williams and have them mix you up a sample to test:
Keep in mind, the color looks purple until it dries. Don’t panic like I did! French gray/blue has a purpl-ish/indigo undertone.
For my plank ceiling paint color, we had the guys at Sherwin Williams mix 50% white with Repose Gray and the color is identical to Snowfall by Sherwin Williams:
It’s hard to tell in the images but in person, it is about one shade lighter than the wall color and it really blends in beautifully. I will be sharing how we did the plank ceiling very soon as well.
The other two colors in my paint palette we did not use for paint but rather accent colors in the accessories, fabric and my art work. I wanted to include these colors in the palette to give a better feel for all of the colors in this space and the overall palette:
Outerspace by Sherwin Williams:
Outerspace is very close to the color of our new sectional from Ikea. It’s also very close to the deep blue/gray/indigo color I picked up on in the fabrics and my paintings:
and it’s also close to the color of my dyed sea fans (project details coming up soon):
Site White by Sherwin Williams is close to the off white (warm gray undertone) white color I also used for to accent:
Site White by Sherwin Williams:
Creating so much natural light in this space was one of my biggest goals but I had to work extra hard to nail the undertones of all of my colors. Space full of natural light really shows every detail of a color and undertone. Matching them can be tricky and a painful process (Ugh!) I have never had a space like this with so much light and can only imagine how great this will be for me for looking at paint colors!
Thanks for hanging out with me today guys and I’ll be back shortly with more of my projects from this space and details of my amazing experience at Haven!