So painting your walls is actually fun! It is instant gratification, which, admit it, we all like! You paint and you see results! In one day you can actually take a blank canvas and make it incredible! I know so many people stress about the idea of painting their own walls but trust me – YOU CAN DO IT! Just to prove my point…
This is my five-year old ‘helping me paint’! I let her draw in the boundaries and then I rolled over it before it dried to make sure it was even. Make it fun! You may make some mistakes but you can fix them and you might as well enjoy the ride instead of stressing about it. Breathe!!!!
Grey is in! I LOVE grey but picking a grey that was right for our kitchen was more complex than one would think. I brought home a bunch of samples to try but none of them were just right. Some looked purplish-grey, some too blue or green. Finally, my friend Carly (who is AMAZING at color) was over one day and recommended sampling two different Sherwin Williams grey colors (Fawn Brindle and Mindful Grey) that she liked. It is always a good idea to sample the colors on the wall you are painting because it will vary in color depending on the room size, lighting and shadows. After painting some samples we decided on the lighter of the two grey colors and we love how it looked with the backsplash and cabinets! (P.S. Home Depot was across the street from us, so I took my Sherwin Williams color code to them and they mixed the paint for me. I love Sherwin Williams too, just was in the Home Depot neighborhood.). Ok, you ready to do this?!! See our pictures below for some motivation!
Here is the BEFORE…
And the AFTER…
Makes a huge difference adding a slight pop of color! The white cabinets look crisp and sharp next to the grey walls! Let’s get painting!
What You Need:
- Behr Premium Plus Ultra, Paint & Primer in One (Interior Satin Enamel) – Color: SW Mindful Grey
- Paint Can Opener or Screwdriver
- Paint Stir-Stick
- Shur-line Paint Edger & Pad (Can also use a nice angled brush as well if you have a steady hand)
- Medium sized roller
- Foam Paint Brush
- Paint Pan
- Painters Tape
- Plastic Painters Tarp
- Pampers Baby Wipes – These seriously remove paint from anything without hurting the cabinets, carpet, clothes, etc. They are AMAZING!
- Tape off wall, cabinets and trim that you do not want the paint to get on.
- Cover floor and countertops with plastic painters tarp. You can also tape down newspapers, paper bags on your countertops, etc. Just make sure you protect the rest of your kitchen well.
- Take off lid of paint using a Paint Can Opener or a Screwdriver.
- Stir paint for a minute or two using a paint stir-stick (free at most paint stores). Make sure you are touching the bottom of the paint can and mixing it thoroughly.
- Pour paint into the Paint Pan.
- Add a good amount of paint to all sides of the Roller and begin to paint the walls. Some say use a ‘W’ motion when painting, I say just make sure it is covering well, has no drips or runs coming down the wall. Also, leave an inch or two of wall space at the top, side or bottom if that space requires a clean line and not painting any walls, cabinets or ceilings on accident. You will use your edger to get a nice clean line there later. (Example: If you roll all the way to the ceiling with the roller brush, you may accidentally paint the ceiling. If this happens, wipe it with a baby wipe ASAP to remove the paint.) After you have finished one coat of paint on the walls using the roller brush, move on to edging the room while the first coat dries.
- Take your Shur-line edger and place the pad on the bottom of it if it is not already there. Then take your foam paint brush, dip it into the paint and then paint the pad avoiding the rollers and top of the edger. Painting the edger, instead of dipping the edger in the paint pan, ensures you do not get paint on the top rollers of the edger which will leave unwanted paint marks on your opposite wall/cabinet/etc. Be on the lookout for any paint drips along the way and make sure to blend them into the wall using the brush or roller. After doing one coat of paint on the edges, go back to painting coat two of the walls.
- Paint coat #2 on the walls using the same technique as before.
- Paint coat #2 of the edges using the same technique as before.
- After the two coats have dried completely, examine the wall for any white dots or holes that may have been missed. Using the roller or foam brush, paint the spot that was missed. ***You do not need to paint the whole wall at this point unless you were using a color that requires three or more coats. Sometimes shades of red or painting over dark walls will require more than two coats of paint. On the flip side, sometimes you can actually get away with painting one coat and just touching up any missed spots. When using the high-end Paint & Primer paints, sometimes they only require one coat. For safe measure I put two coats in the instructions, but if it covers on the first coat then great!
- Remove the painters tape once you finish the second coat! Once upon a time I waited for the paint to dry completely before removing the tape, and paint came off with the tape leaving a bumpy edge line and required re-painting those edges. When pulling the tape off the wall, pull it at a slight angle away from the wall.
- Once you are done painting, be sure to rinse your brushes out, pour back any excess paint in the paint pan back into the can, clean up the tarps, tape and tools that you used.
- Now step back and look at how beautiful your wall is! Doesn’t it just finish off the look of your room perfectly?
See the full DIY kitchen makeover here!