Little Red Wren

February 28, 2011

Let me tell you a little tale

Filed under: Vintage Lovelies — littleredwren @ 1:24 pm

Seven years ago, I painted our guest bathroom red. It was the most annoying room I have ever painted. It was a TON of cutting in (which I am terrible at) and it took FOUR coats (plus touch ups) to cover evenly. Plus, the paint bled through the tape on the baseboards so not only was it a huge pain, it didn’t look very professional.

So basically ever since, I have disliked that bathroom. It wasn’t long after that I decided red walls didn’t completely fit my tastes, but I lacked the courage to repaint that stupid bathroom. Finally we bit the bullet and bought a can of gray paint last September. And in our garage it sat. And sat. And sat.

A few days ago Greg looked at me after the kids were tucked in and asked what I wanted to do. I told him this was our chance. We had a couple hours alone, and I had motivation. Finally. So we painted. The bathroom is right next to the kids’ rooms so we whispered our conversations. It was fun. So pretty much the night and day from my last experience painting that room.

I chose a lighter shade than I was naturally drawn to and it makes the room feel much bigger than it had as a dark red cave. And gray is the perfect backdrop for our babies’ Blue Lily portraits. Of course, if we had more time and money (and that elusive motivation) there are other things we would change about this room. But I’m good for now.



  1. love it!!

    Comment by Tami — February 28, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  2. EVE! So in a round-about way, we got asked to do a photo-shoot for a BlueLily workshop this last weekend. We showed up and to my surprise, Tyler was there! I was dying. I knew about BlueLily and had seen pictures on people’s blogs, but never realized that Tyler was 1/2 of it! Crazy.

    Comment by Jaryn — February 28, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  3. Yeah I like the gray better. Next time I ask you what you want to do at 9pm I’m going to make sure that there are no rooms to paint in the house first.

    Comment by Greg — March 1, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  4. That looks so good! I love it.

    Comment by Jana — March 1, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  5. Looks beautiful! I love how paint can totally change a space.

    Comment by Alison — March 3, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  6. Eve!! It looks stunning! I talked to Greg in the hall on Sunday and he mentioned that you painted. I have that same sad tale — only I painted Claire’s room bright coral pink. We did a horrible job, and it was the most miserable color to live with in a bedroom. Took many coats to cover it. I learned a lesson though. When painting with a dark color like that, prime the walls with gray, then you won’t need 4 coats. Looks like you are ready if you ever want to go dark again 😛

    Hey, I need to talk to you about printing a blue lily photo of eden and claire on canvas. I had no idea that you did that!!! Cool!

    Comment by crystal beutler — March 9, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

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