Before I dive into this post, I just want to point out that this is not a sponsered post. I’m in no way being perked or paid to write this post, I just simply am in love with this product and I wanted to share it with you!
This past weekend Derek and I decided it was time to make
my our future apartment feel a little homier. And the quickest way to do that is to slap some paint on the walls. I wanted to choose a color outside of the usual color family I gravitate toward, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted yet. At first we thought about navy for some high drama, but being an already small space with dark carpet we realized this probably wasn’t a great idea. And then I started perusing my Pinterest to see what colors inspired me and I was instantly drawn to these three photos:
I thought about what it was that I loved about these photos [none of which have life altering paint on the walls] and I realized they all had coral accents. So we marched on over to Lowe’s and picked out the perfect coral. We ended up choosing Valspar’s La Fonda Flamenco Pink. It took a little arm twisting since Derek was already worried that the color would be too pink and that the color we chose even had the word pink in the name. But I assured him it was more orange than pink and he went along with it. When we got to the counter we asked the woman if we needed a special tinted primer since it was such a deep color and she suggested we get the Valspar paint + primer in one which was only $10 extra for the gallon. We knew we only needed one gallon since we were only painting one wall and would probably have to do a couple coats anyway so we decided to try it.
They can mix any paint color into this paint+primer combo, and we decided to go with a satin finish. When we got home we primed the walls with Killz because they were previously painted with sem-gloss paint, and if you’ve ever tried to paint anything on top of semi-gloss you know it’s a nightmare [if you were friends with me in college you are very familiar with how awful that can look cue: blood red splotchy walls].
before [apologies for the glowing orb.. it was super sunny outside]
We decided to go ahead and prime the window frames as well because that horrible pine just wasn’t doing it for us. If you’re our landlord and you read our blog.. sorry, we promise it looks better this way.
Here is the wall totally primed.
So after one coat of Killz we were ready to try out the new color. It’s hard to capture the true color of this paint but what you see on the lid is probably the most accurate color.
The second we started applying the paint we knew there was something magical about it. First of all it went on like oil paint. That thick creamy butter feeling where the paint just glides on without leaving splotchy patches of white underneath. I was in charge of cutting in while Derek was in charge of rolling. I don’t know why but we’ve always attacked walls this way.
It didn’t take us long to realize we were only going to have to apply one coat. Crazy!
Here you can see how strong just one coat of this paint+primer combo is. [Ignore the window frame those obviously haven't been painted yet]
This is our makeshift ladder to reach those high 10′ ceilings. Don’t be scared moms! He survived :)
We still need to paint the window frames with a high gloss white so we aren’t ready to show you the full “after” shot yet. We just wanted to share with you how amazing this paint+primer is. We only ended up using 1/4 of our gallon so next time we’ll know to get a couple quarts instead. Now that we have so much coral left over we’re wondering what else we should paint? Does anyone need any coral paint? :) Have any of you used this paint+primer combo before? Did you have the same results or did yours take a couple of coats? Oh! And for those of you wondering how Derek feels about the color now that it’s on an entire wall. His exact words were “okay I have to admit.. I [expletive] love this color” and kept going on and on about how “awesome” it came out. Overall, I’d say this little afternoon project was a success! It’s making me feel much better about the other crazy ideas I have in store for the dining room and kitchen. Stay tuned!