Paint Makeover Reveal

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BEHR so kindly provided me with the paint for this post, but as always, all opinions and reviews are 100% my own. 

I have a little secret. I am the absolute worst at picking out paint colors. To be honest with you, I’ve never bought a paint sample in my life. I’m not one of those people who goes to their hardware store, deliberates over different shades of the same color, paints five or six samples on the wall, and stresses over which one is the right one for days and days. Heck, the last few times I’ve painted a room I probably used the first paint chip I picked up, and each time I loved the color when I put it on the walls (after my initial mini breakdown before it dried completely – which happens every single time).

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But then I would move the furniture back, start hanging things up again, and the color would change. My newly painted gray walls would pull blue or brown undertones, and then I would be mad at myself for not taking the time to be that person who deliberates over a color. People say paint is the cheapest way to change a space. It is the truth, for sure, but it can start getting expensive when you have to keep repainting until you find the color you wanted all along. Luckily, my new friends at BEHR were kind enough to supply me with the paint I needed for this project. Our farmhouse guest bedroom is done in BEHR Graceful Gray, and I loved the paint quality so much that I knew I trusted their brand to get the job done.

Paint Makeover

The last few weeks we have made some pretty significant changes to our home. We got some pretty new floors put in, and we decided to tackle a major painting project. Major meaning the entryway, hallway, staircase, living room, dining room and kitchen that all share the same color needed a makeover.  And I knew with this being such a large space, I better get it right the first time! So I went to my local hardware store and deliberated for at least an hour over different shades of gray ( I was looking for a true gray that didn’t pull ANY undertones), I bought four paint samples and painted them all over the place, and then I slept on it for a few days. I even chatted with a blogger friend of mine, Kim from Newly Woodwards who is a legit paint expert for advice. I finally settled on BEHR Dolphin Fin to lighten and brighten our dark taupe walls!

Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover

The paint we used was BEHR Marquee in eggshell, and it is a guaranteed one-coat only paint. I cannot even begin to tell you how nervous I was that I would end up having to do two coats over this massive space, considering it was just little ole me painting it on my days off work. After the first wall was completed and still wet, I tried so hard not to look at it until it was fully dried, because like I mentioned early I tend to freak out prematurely about it.  So I continued on and gave it the time needed, and you guys, it was truly flawless! The paints coverage was more than I hoped for, no streaks or spots that even needed to be touched up (other than my ceiling mishaps)! I did a happy dance like no other! This paint is the real deal, and I am beyond happy with how it all turned out!

Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover


Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover


Paint Makeover

The power of paint is magical! But here’s another honest confession, it took me a little while to get use to the change. This space went from being such a dark space to so light and airy. Of course this isn’t a bad thing, and OF COURSE after my weirdness towards change wore off I am now completely in LOVE with it. I think this makeover is taking our house in the right direction.

BIG CHANGES you guys! Which brings me to ask…are YOU planning to paint any room soon? Because guess what!? BEHR was so kind as to provide me with an extra two gallons of BEHR Marquee in Dolphin Fin to GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader! Interested? Enter below to win! The winner will be picked at random Sunday at 12:ooam! Good Luck!

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  1. Hi Ashley, after seeing your sign I had to hop over to your blog. Love the new paint choice and big task to take on yourself. Love the bask on your table andf so many of the items on the h utsh top. Now your newst follower. Hope pop over.

  2. I lovvvve the new color Ashley! Your home looks amazing. My old laundry room was done that color, and I need to use it in my kitchen ASAP! Love love love yours!!

  3. I will be painting my bedroom and bathroom to change the color from a sea glass blue to a more neutral color. (I like the Dolphin Fin that you used.)

  4. In the next couple of weeks, I plan on painting of the the shutters and trim on the outside of my home and also painting the office a more neutral, calming color

  5. We usually repaint our master bedroom every fall. I love this color, it’s very warm and relaxing! 🙂 This season we’re also repainting all of the guest bedrooms and baths.

  6. My next project in my bathroom it has been same since we moved in our home and really needs a update. thanks for awesome chance!

  7. we are getting ready to do the basement it needs a fresh coat of paint in the laundry room! its very very dull!

  8. My next painting project is going to be my bathroom. Replacing fixtures, tile and paint…and I love this color…it would be perfect!

  9. That is a great color, it brightened the room up so much. Would be a great color for our computer room that I would love to paint. Thanks for the chance

  10. The paint project we will be doing is our master bath and bedroom. We have had an unexpected issue which now has resulted in remodeling. This is such an awesome giveaway. Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

  11. My next painting project is our oldest son’s bedroom. Right now it is a brown color and we need to lighten it up.

  12. The next paint project will be in my master bathroom. Removing wallpaper now & have a few other things in there to work on before I can start painting.

  13. I am going to paint my bedroom furniture and my dining room table not sure what color but I am painting it next month..

  14. I need to repaint my kitchen floor. I was unsure of painting it at first but couldn’t decide on new flooring. So for a temporary fix I decided to paint it. I loved it so much that 3 years late i’m still loving my painted floor. I also need to paint my bathroom and laundry room.

  15. We are remodeling our master bathroom. Haven’t decided on the paint yet but this color sounds perfect!

  16. I am painting my living room and a bedroom soon. I have used Behr Marquee before and it is excellent! thanks for the chance to win some.

  17. Our son Giovani’s room, while he is away at college is our big project. This color would give it a nature and manly tone

  18. My master bedroom needs to be painted in the worst way. I don’t want to think about how long it’s been! This color would be perfect something both me and my husband would love.

  19. I would love to paint my family room! It hasn’t been done in years and it definitely needs an updated color like this! I love the way gray looks on the walls in your post and it would be perfect for my project too!

  20. We actually have 2 painting projects we are about to start. First, we redid my 11 year olds room for her birthday so we are don to repainting her room. Then we are repainting our entire downstairs, up the stairwells, and the upstairs hall. I can only get my hubby to paint inside during the fall/winter so time to get started.

  21. My next project is ongoing. My ex left over a year ago and the livinroom walls have sheet rock on them and the floors have plywood. I did just recently bought flooring now I have to put it in. Painting will be nest.

  22. I am dying to paint my bathroom and this would be the perfect color! I am thinking a light gray paint with plum accents.One of my fave color combos!

  23. Beautiful! And grays are my color! Hubz and I have downsized to a small older home. We have done a kitchen remodel, will do the bathroom soon, and are tackling almost every surface in this house. I would love to use this paint on both the kitchen walls (I have new cabinets, back splash, appliances…but still need to paint) and in a small room that will be a study/home office.

  24. This would be amazing for my daughter’s room! She is 10 and we just had to move her out of her childroom room so her grandmother could move in. We were rushed and she chose pink for her new room, without really giving much thought to the “theme.” Well, she finally settled on a theme for her room, and pink doesn’t go. She’s so bummed! She said she really wanted gray or blue for her walls but all she could think of at the time was pink as it was the color of her old room (she doesn’t do well with change, so pink was a good color to make her new room feel more like her old room). I told her we could repaint in a few years (because painting her room and her grandmother’s room and everything else we had to do to prepare for the move was pricey!)….this would allow us to get her that gray much sooner!! 🙂 That doesn’t answer the original question though, my next project is painting our laundry closet and some furniture.

  25. My next project is either going to be sprucing up my mom’s living room or sprucing up my back porch I am not sure which. I also want to redo a dresser.

  26. We would love to paint our living room. It’s been a while since it has been done and really could use some refreshing, and we love the gray

  27. We have a big rec room that we’re currently remodeling. The original owners had covered the walls in shingles (inside!!!). We’ve taken all those down, and fixed up the drywall. Now it’s time for a fresh coat of beautiful paint! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  28. Me just painted our bedroom after installing hard wood floors, now we are painted all the trim white (it was stained brown.

  29. My next painting project is the laundry room. I have been living with the current color for just two years, but I’m already tired of it. I think a neutral gray would be perfect!

  30. I plan to tackle my Kitchen as my next painting project! Its white now and plain jane, this would be the perfect color for the walls. It would go really well with my kitchen cabnets. All I would have to do is add a pop of color to make it perfect!!

  31. Love this color & perfect timing, I was looking for a nice gray for a bedroom remodel that didn’t have any undertones too ?? & Thank ya for a chance to win as well ?.

  32. I am in the process of repainting all of my rooms from jewel tones to all various shades of gray. Wish I had known about this paint because I had to do three coats to cover up red walls in the guest room. I was dreading painting the hunter green room, but this Behr paint is just what I need to cover the dark green. I love how the gray has completely transformed your home – it’s lovely – just hope mine comes out looking just as wonderful!

  33. Ashley, I love your color choice and the floors are fabulous. I currently have a neutral sand color in our open concept ranch…..I will be painting it gray (kitchen, living room, hallways and office area) as well so this contest would be great to win. I really enjoy your blog and your home is so lovely. Thank you for inspiring all of us!

  34. This is gorgeous. My plans were to start painting our bedroom but after seeing these photo I really want to do our kitchen.

  35. This looks fabulous! I love the color you chose. I need to re-paint my entire basement and have been meaning to do so since I moved in a year ago… This would be fabulous to win and motivate me to get that project rolling.

  36. I love Behr. We’ve used it in all of the rooms we’ve painted at our house but I haven’t tried the Marquee kind yet. Thanks for the tip, can’t wait to try it.

    Love your blog, btw!

  37. Love the color paint and the hardwood !!!
    I just painted my house a grey also. Very similar to this! Beautiful home Ash!

  38. I’m he same way with colors! I bought grey for the basement, somehow I managed to get walls that have an ice blue tint to them ? Looks pretty goofy with my dark wood tongue and groove ceiling.

  39. Love! Love! Love that color!! Your transformation is so beautiful! I’ll have to keep that color in mind. We have a grey that pulls green and I would love to change it.

  40. Wow I think the color is perfect! I have struggled with paint before too.. If it isn’t the right color it totally gets under my skin and drives me crazy! Love behr paints too!

  41. What a beautiful gray! I alos tend to freak out about a color before it dries. It’s so nerve-wracking trying to make sure it’s the right color! But you found a gray without undertones and that is VERY impressive!

    We just tore down all the walls in our living room and completely redid it. We just finished drywalling so painting is our next step! Can’t wait to finish!

  42. We are in the process of moving to a 146 year old home. I would imagine we will be painting the whole house. First on the agenda is a large bathroom.

  43. We just finished repainting our den and kitchen and chose a grey shade also. it looks so fresh and clean. our next project is going to be a big one. We are going to repaint the living room and dining room. (the walls are a pale green color right now), right after we take up a 40 year old green carpet. Gotta love old houses.

    Thanks for all you do

    1. I wasn’t able to leave a comment so I’m replying to another post. Your decor choices are perfect! And is it coincidental that we share the same name and are from the same area of good ole MO?!

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