For two people that don't *really* know what they're doing, painting the bathroom went a lot better than it could have. 😉

We have lived in our house for approximately 6.5 years and the only modifications we’ve really made have been paint for the kids’s rooms. We added some white stripes to the nursery—which is now my office—when we moved in and I was still pregnant with Archer, and then we painted the room he moved into when his brother was on the way.

That’s it.

Partly, it’s because the house had just been redone, including being painted, right before we moved in.

And, boy, has it been overdue! They used a very crappy, flat paint, in a pretty dull, boring grey that border-lined on taupe. Can you tell that I wasn’t a fan?

But, still, it took us this long to do something about it. [Insert excuse here.]

Brad had some time off—finally—last week, so we took apart the bathroom upstairs and painted. I chose a pale bluish-green colour—Sherwin Williams colour “Swimming”—and I’m really happy with the results! Our plan is to do the half bathroom on our main floor next followed by patching and painting the rest of the house. It is long overdue and whoever said it was right. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to a room.

Painting the Bathroom - Mid Project

forgot to take a BEFORE picture, so this will have to do.

We’ve lived these past years with many marks on the walls, mostly from the dog, followed closely by the kids. The paint was cheap and marked so easily, it feels good to be proactive about it and refresh our common spaces.

I’m not too hopeful about the process moving quickly … we are definitely amateur painters and are in absolutely no rush to get all of the walls finished. But it feels really good. Blue is a bit of a theme in our house: from the room-darkening curtains in a dark blue that grace all three main rooms upstairs to our nightstands and the kids’s room. It has been my favourite colour for as long as I can remember.

There is an article on Psychology Today that they talked about recently on a recent Armchair Expert Podcast, I think this is the one. The article says that:

If blue is your favorite color you love harmony, are reliable, sensitive and always make an effort to think of others.  You like to keep things clean and tidy and feel that stability is the most important aspect in life.

Check it out to see what your favourite colour says about you!

The Finished Product

Freshly Painted Light Blue Bathroom
Freshly Painted Bathroom

For the rest of the house, we’re planning on keeping it neutral, but in a lighter shade that what is on the walls currently. I hadn’t anticipated this when I started writing about painting the bathroom, but I grabbed four paint chips and wouldn’t mind your input!

Paint Swatches in Neutral Tones Against Gray Wall

From left to right: Zircon, Roycroft Mist Gray, Tea Light and Alluring White.

Brad doesn’t care, he wants me to pick the colours. At first, I was leaning towards Tea Light, the one that Archer also chose as his favourite, but now I’m sort of leaning towards Alluring White. It just seems brighter! And while I was drawn to the warmth of Tea Light, I think Alluring White will fit our small spaces much better. Roycroft Mist is a smidge too dark and I don’t think Zircon is that different than what’s currently on the walls.

Which one is your favourite?

When I wrote about the changing seasons last week, it was fitting to adding some fresh paint to our house. Times are changing, always, when we acknowledge them. It makes me happy to emphasize the changes with some new perspective.

Always,

Anya

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