It’s time to spruce up my living room even more! Since January, I’ve been talking about how my goal for 2014 is to finish up the decor in our house. I’ve been making headway with our bedroom, living room, and even the outside of the house, but it is still incomplete as of yet. Little by little, I’ve been adding new details to make our house into a home.
Our living room is a combination living and dining room, which means the back wall is a large expanse to cover. I was thrilled when I snagged a huge canvas artwork piece to hang above our couch last year, but that only covered about 1/3 of the entire space. Luckily, a trip to IKEA resulted in finding our new sideboard table, which takes up a portion of the remaining space…but only on the lower part of the wall. Some height definitely needed to come into play to complete the space. I thought about scouring the stores for another piece of artwork, but I realized what I really wanted was a bulletin board. And wouldn’t you know it: I found an old corkboard I used to have hanging in my office. After placing it on the sideboard, it seemed to be the perfect fit for the space. But something had to be done about the color.
This I know: paint can make an enormous difference in the look of your home. When we moved into our current house, we repainted every single room, which completely transformed it from top to bottom. The right paint color on any piece in your home can truly set a tone and mood for a room. It was clear from the start that my bulletin board needed to have a dramatic change made in the form of paint!
After my project was determined, I began searching for inspiration to help me take the PAIN out of painting. I curated a Pinterest board to help with my color scheme. The shades of blue are so relaxing, don’t you think? It wasn’t difficult to decide that was the direction I wanted to take. The next step involved a trip to The Home Depot for supplies. I walked up to the Glidden Premium paint display and knew that I’d find the right hues for my project. Glidden has a simplified palette of colors, which made it easy and painless to select some paint chip samples. I really loved how the Glidden paint chips are larger than the average paint strip; they are about the size of an index card, and they aren’t paired in a strip with 5-6 other colors like other paint chips you see. All of the various shades on the same strip can be rather overwhelming to deal with. The larger paint chip and simplified palette really made it a breeze to test the colors out when I returned home. I stuck an array of chips onto the frame of my bulletin board, and my two favorites quickly stood out to me: Tropical Lagoon and Deepest Aqua. They were practically a match made in heaven not only for my room’s color scheme, but the two hues seemed meant for each other in general. Plus, they suited my home’s current color scheme of blues and greens, accented with metallics!
Here’s the truth: for the majority of our furniture painting projects in our house, I’ve kind of pushed Justin into doing them for me. I am great at spotting decor pieces and coming up with ideas, but painting has not necessarily been my strongest skill. I am happy to report that with the Glidden paint, the project was pretty much a breeze and I was confident to tackle everything by myself from start to finish. First, I used a small paint roller to apply two coats of Tropical Lagoon to the center of the bulletin board. I was really impressed by how smoothly the paint glided across the cork, and the coverage was almost perfect after only one coat. Being the particular one I am, I made sure to apply a second one to complete the look.
I used a sponge brush to apply Deepest Aqua to the frame portion of the board. I was confident with the steadiness of my hands, but if I hadn’t been I would have taped off the frame before starting the detail work (after the center cork portion was fully dry, of course). Again, the paint was easy to apply!
When I saw my finished product and was able to attach my photos to the bulletin board, I could not have been happier. I finally have a place to display a few snapshots. I am the WORST at putting photos on the wall; I like that I am able to change them up with this bulletin board!
The beauty of this project for me was that it reaffirmed in my mind that everyone can paint. It can be a small piece of decor or a large piece of furniture; either way, Glidden makes it achievable. I am so pleased with how this project turned out, and I am officially one step closer to completing our home decor! Glidden paint truly made it easy to turn my inspiration into action, and this new pop of color in our living room is perfect!
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Love the colors that you used! So fresh and clean!
I have a couple pieces of furniture (a small dresser and a side table) that are in desperate need of a new coat of paint. I just can’t figure out what color to choose!
I am one to tackle painting projects in the home. I love to paint inside and out and I love Glidden products hope I win this one.
I have a cool old wood and iron wall hanging that I would love to add a pop of color to
i love that you took an ordinary corkboard and made it fun to look at with your color. I am always painting something around the house, so there’s no telling what’s next.
We are moving, and when I get to the new house I am painting my book shelves and my bedside tables all a lovely deep green.
And a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/486277734234996737
I have a library table in my dining area that I’d love to do over.
I just moved into a new apartment and I would love to spruce up my living room. I need more artwork to put up on the walls and a splash of color.
I tweeted publicly about this promotion and my twitter id is @yarbr012 https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/486298923988811777.
I’d like to spruce up my bathroom with new paint.
I need to spruce up my dining room!
I would like to paint my computer room.
I would like to paint our kitchen
I’d like to paint my computer desk a fun color to liven up my office.
We have this old wooden cabinet in storage I would like to spruce up with some paint, and put it in the dining room.
i would love to paint my bedroom
I need to paint this coffee table of mine. It’s such a drab brown color right now, maybe a teal would spruce it right up!
I would give our bedroom dresser a makeover!
I once painted a set of old wooden stools a beautiful shade of Smurf Blue. Unfortunately we later decided we needed backs on our chairs and got rid of them.
I’d like to repaint my bureau which is a really cute piece, but is currently white with some sort of 70s green…bleh!
i would like to spruce up my half bathroom
I would love to spruce up an old dresser I was recently given.
We just moved last year- and our living room wall is a brown a white speckle that makes the room seem smaller than it is- I’d love to repaint with a lighter color!
I would love to paint this bench we have by the front door. I just need some inspiration…
My Tweet: https://twitter.com/2knowpeace/status/486987687384330240
a coffee table
I would love to spruce up our living room
my kitchen walls
I have an old wooden trunk from the 1920’s that belonged to my grandmother. I’ve been saying I was going to restore and paint it for years.
I’d like to spruce up our bedroom and bathroom. We tend to decorate everywhere else first.
I have an old dresser that needs done.
I’d add to paint our dresser and night stand – just not sure of which color.
I would like to spruce up our living room with new paint.
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I want to paint our master bathroom. I’m not a fan of the original color, and I really want to give it a mini makeover. 🙂
I’d like to spruce up my son’s room with new paint.
I have an old dresser and desk that would be perfect to update with paint.
I’m looking to paint some old frames, and possibly an accent wall for the study just to add some a pop of something =)
I shared on twitter https://twitter.com/AMYetcetera/status/491343852783947776
I would like to spruce up my bathroom walls or an old dresser.
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I’d love to spruce up an old dresser I have, maybe paint it white.
I painted an older bookcase that was a hand me down a few years ago a lavender color. I love it and now it’s filled with books.
Tweet – https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/492820536632700928
I’d like to redo my bedroom.
I would really like to paint the wardrobe in my entry room to make it look antique.
I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandidaffyhill/status/494226991332089856
I’d like to paint a stand we have in our bathroom. It has gotten a bit yellow over the years and would look so much better with a new coat!
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I have an oak antique mirror that is lovely, but could really use a PUNCH with some color!!
What a great idea!! I’d love to paint my daughters dresser a fun new color!
I’d like to repaint our bathroom cabinets.
I’d like to spruce up my bedroom.
I tweeted https://twitter.com/miainthewoods/status/499028793789386752
i’d like to give my bedroom a fresh coat of paint and brighten it up a bit
My kids’ bedroom needs a new paint job, I would like to add more color to the walls and make it a fun room for them
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I painted a china cabinet and distressed it to match our dining room table. I was so proud of the way it turned out! I’d love to try a side table now.
My kitchen for sure.
i posted a tweet:
I’d like to spruce up the living room!
I’m re-painting some directors chairs out on the patio right now!
Our house has this little nook in one wall with shelves where we display a few things, but it’s painted a horrible dark shade of red! I would love to redo it with something brighter that would really show off the knick knacks.
I would like to take down the wallpaper in the kitchen and repaint.
i would love to paint our bookcases firstname.lastname@example.org
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I’d like to paint my bedroom furniture, and refresh it!
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My entire house needs sprucing up. I haven’t updated the paint in quite some time and it’s looking pretty drab. I haven’t decided if I will start with the living room or the bedroom since they both need painting.
Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/501268659285667840
Id like to spruce up my bedroom!
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I’d really like to spruce up some of the furniture in my daughter’s room. She has a dresser and a “toy” chest that we’re wanting to paint.
I would like to spruce up my bedroom set.
This really old looking mirror with a wooden frame.
My kids bedroom and their furniture
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
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