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Lessons Learned from a Hot Pink Room

I was looking at my fan deck, eyeing the pinks and thinking about how many colors I’ve used over the years. Most of them have been a success, but there were some definite misses. Let me recount a lesson I learned in 2006, pre-blog.

Before we bought our first house, Brandon and I lived in an apartment with a very permissive landlord when it came to paint colors. It was great! We were in our early to mid-twenties with free reign to choose whatever colors we wanted to live with. The living and dining room were purple! The second bedroom was dark blue, and later as my office/studio, pink! Not every room was crazy — I painted the bedroom a creamy white, and left the kitchen and bathroom beige. But then there was the back room. It was kind of a mudroom that had been created when the house, formerly a single-family home, was split up into apartments with separate front and back entrances.

Hot Pink PaintI had the great idea to paint that back room hot pink. It was a pass-through, not an everyday living space. Let’s have fun with it! Be bold! So I painted it, finishing up at night, and it wasn’t until the next day that I realized what an awful mistake it was. On a bright, sunny day, light flooded the room and the entire space glowed pink. It shone its bad-taste aura into the adjacent kitchen, making itself known anytime we so much as went to get a glass of water. I think we lived with the room like that for a week before I had my next brilliant idea: tone the hot pink down with stripes.

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One Year Old (Calvin’s Monthly Photos)

This kid! The world’s happiest, smiliest, giggling-est baby is growing up with a big mischievous streak. You know something is up when you’re one room over and suddenly things are a little too quiet. The other day he was standing at the fiddle leaf fig, just flinging handfuls of dirt in the air and when I caught him, he turned on the charm with a huge grin.

Calvin's Monthly Baby Photos (Twelve Months Old!)

He isn’t walking yet (all of my kids have been late walkers), but he cruises around furniture and likes to walk with a bit of hand-holding assistance. His crawl is adorable and lopsided. He says mama, dada, dog, cat, and wow. Apparently he has decided to stop nursing (three days of refusal and he’s old enough, so we’re done? Unexpected! I wasn’t ready!). Six teeth. Blue eyes. A polka dot patch of lighter hair at the front, on top, that seems to be staying.

We love, love, love him.

Ten Months Old

Ten Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Ten Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Eleven Months Old

Eleven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Eleven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Twelve Months Old

One Year Old! (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
One Year Old! (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

(I’ll be taking a photo of Calvin sitting in the Eames rocker and wearing his pin each month until he’s two years old. I also took monthly photos of his sister, Eleanor, and his brother, August.)

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Glidden Paint Review & A Giveaway

I write for Glidden® over at My Colortopia and I’ve been using their paint for a few projects around the house recently, so today I’m sharing my experiences with it. I’m also hosting a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Home Depot — details are at the end of the post!

So. First impressions with the paint? You don’t get a lot of that classic strong paint smell, since it’s a no-VOC formula (most brands have moved toward a low or no-VOC option these days). The consistency is good, average compared to other brands (not too thick, but not too thin either). There’s a nice range of options in the color palette, but not so many that it gets overwhelming for the average person. Sometimes I find myself wishing that they offered more subtleties in color, but I think I’m in the minority there. I go in thinking ‘show me all 796 shades of icy blue with a hint of gray’ and other people want to see the best three or four options for light blue and go from there. If you get confused when there are way too many versions of red, or blue, or whatever, you’ll probably like the smaller palette — there are still hundred of colors to choose from.

Red and Pink Paint Colors from Glidden

I went with Crisp Linen White for Calvin’s nursery. I wanted the light and bright feeling that white gives a room with plenty of natural daylight (which the nursery has), but nothing too stark because of our home’s unpainted trim and woodwork.

Second Floor Kitchen

Calvin's Nursery / Former Second Kitchen

We remodeled that part of the second floor to create the nursery, closing off openings, adding new ones, and moving the door. We also stripped wallpaper from the walls and cleaned up the residue, leaving clean, smooth walls that seemed to be in pretty good condition. Normally, if you’re painting a light color over another light color, you can get away without priming first. We did prime the new areas of drywall , but since we were painting over previously papered walls for the majority of the room, I thought it might be a good idea to use a primer everywhere else too. I picked up a gallon of Glidden® Premium Collection Interior House Paint (a paint and primer in one) and we were able to skip another separate step.

Calvin's Nursery with Wood Built-ins| Making it Lovely

Calvin's Nursery | Making it Lovely

The paint gave great coverage, went on well, and has held up just fine. One coat covered nicely with lighter colors, but I’d count on two for dark or really bold paint jobs. And the best part is that it’s super affordable, so you can pick up a gallon for about $25 instead of $50 or $60 (or even $100, if you like a certain fancy European brand)! Here’s another project done in Glidden®, this time a deeper, darker color (Shaded Fern). The paint updated that old thrifted armoire perfectly.

Armoire as Linen Storage in the Hallway, with Art Above

Glidden® has enabled ratings and reviews for all of their products, so you can read other peoples’ experiences with their paint. If you’ve used it yourself, you can rate and review it too. And if you haven’t used it yet, well… I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Home Depot! That’s plenty to cover a gallon or two of Glidden®, plus any supplies you may need (and if you’re in need of tips and tricks, check out my posts for My Colortopia). Leave a comment on this post by midnight, August 25 to enter, and a winner will be randomly chosen. Open to US residents only. Good luck!

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