Thank you to Behr Paint for sponsoring this post. This is a paid post and I did receive the product of my choice at no cost. As always, my words are my own and I only share what I truly love! And this post is about why we love BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint, and BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint!
Black walls vs. white walls
Cozy might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of black walls in a bedroom. But black walls do provide some form of calmness and tranquility in a room that’s meant for rest. However, after 10 years and two houses with black walls in our primary bedroom, we were ready for a change. We used BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint in satin for the trim and BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint in flat matte for the walls.
Why we love Behr Dynasty and Behr Marquee Paint
We had been talking about repainting for some time so we were thrilled when Behr reached out to ask if we had any upcoming projects. We always have projects in mind but the bedroom was at the top of the list and we jumped at the opportunity.
Choosing the right color
The decision to paint is an easy one. But once we decided, choosing the right color is the difficult part. Since we live at the beach, the beach cottage look seemed like the logical choice. And nothing says beach cottage more than a clean, white look.
It was going to be a big shift from all-black walls to all-white walls and trim so we had to get the color right.
We went from black to white walls, but the trim stayed the same. The windows and the trim had all been painted during a previous renovation of our home that was built in 1920 and the last thing we wanted to do was paint the windows and trim. We’ve lived in many houses where the windows had been painted and that’s a story that never ends well. Once you start painting windows and trims, the windows never seem to work and never easily slide open and closed again. And there is nothing we love more than the cool ocean breezes of spring and fall.
So many shades of white paint
Once we decided on white, we went straight to our local Home Depot store and got color charts of every shade of white paint that Behr manufactures. There are a lot of shades of white so narrowing it down was a bit of a chore with lots of discussions and “what ifs”.
The best way to match paint to an existing paint
Like with all the products we use today, technology is an amazing thing. Assuming you have a chip of paint, it can be scanned and matched at the store. However, our windows are fairly new and there is no chipping with the current paint color to work from. So the next best way to match the paint in any color, including white, is to look at the color chart samples in natural light at different times of the day in the room. We were able to eliminate a few colors right away. For the rest of the colors, we taped them on the walls next to the trim and checked the samples at different times of the day as the light moved and changed. Once we narrowed it down we went back to Home Depot and purchased two samples that most closely matched the window trim. We painted two good-sized spots next to the trim and checked it a few times during the day in natural light. Swiss Coffee was a very close match.
We chose Behr Marquee and Behr Dynasty Paint for Quality
Paint finishes are a very personal choice. We opted for a flat matte for the walls and satin for the trim. Most people choose semi-gloss for trim but we think it’s just a little bit too shiny. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint guarantees one coat coverage. In our case, we were painting over black so we gave it two coats. We’ve done a lot of painting (and used all different brands) in all the houses we’ve owned over the years. But we can tell you from experience that BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint goes on incredibly smoothly and doesn’t leave drip marks as different paint brands and quality often do. We can see how, in most cases, one coat would be sufficient. It is exceptional paint in terms of coverage and ease of use. And clean-up was quick and easy with just warm water.
Painting the photo ledges
We also have three narrow picture shelves or ledges (from Ikea) on one of the walls. Since the walls were black, the shelves were naturally black as well. We weren’t quite sure how the paint would cover the shelves and after a bit of trepidation, we decided to paint them anyway. We used the satin paint that we also used for the trim and it went on amazingly smoothly with full coverage and a very nice finish. You can’t even tell they were black.
Another reason why we love Behr Marquee and Behr Dynasty Paint – No paint odor
One of the downsides to painting a room is that the smell from the paint seems to permeate every bit of the house. With BEHR MARQUEE INTERIOR PAINT AND, EHR DYNASTY Interior Paint there was only the slightest hint of an odor, and that only lasted for a few minutes. This surprised us the most.
And yet another reason to love Behr Marquee and Dynasty Paint – The Paint Can
If you’ve ever done much painting you’ll know that one of the biggest pet peeves is how messy paint cans can be – especially after pouring from the can into the roller tray. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve put a lid back on a can, hammered the lid tight only to have paint spurt out from where the lid seals to the can. However, Behr’s new pouring spot is a game-changer and the single best innovation in painting in recent years. No more drips since the paint cans have a pouring spout that easily attaches/detaches (here) from the lid eliminating the usual paint can messiness. Like we said, GAME-CHANGER!
And that’s a wrap for this paint project
When working on a house and given the number of upgrades you’d ideally like to make, it’s sometimes tempting to take shortcuts and use less expensive products. But after using BEHR MARQUEE Interior Paint, and BEHR DYNASTY Interior Paint, the walls in our bedroom look like they are fresh walls from a recent remodel.
What paint projects are on your to-do list?
Sources for items in the post
Photo Ledges – Ikea
Bedside Table – Vintage
Concrete planter from Target
The rug from Serena & Lily is similar to this one.