A Little Paint Goes a Long Way in Home Improvement

I am not a handy individual. Do not look to me if you want to upgrade a home. The most I can accomplish is changing out light switch plates and cabinet hardware. Painting is pretty simple, though, and you’d be surprised how much difference a fresh coat of paint can make in any room of your humble abode.

BeforeMy dad, the handyman in my immediate family, came up to help me (well, I didn’t end up doing much because I had to work for a couple hours) with painting the bedroom in my apartment. Fortunately, my landlord is open to painting and even took the expense of the paint off of my rent since he won’t have to do the labor. Since moving in, I’ve painted the bathroom and an accent wall in the living room, and it just makes the apartment feel more at home and updated. In terms of wall color, the place can’t get any worse, let me tell you.

The bedroom was no different. As you can see in the “before” picture, the walls were a yellow-toned cream color, matching most of the other walls in the apartment. It’s a really, really bad color. The trim in the room is white and chipping due to age, but I was more concerned about the walls themselves. Trim can come sometime later.

IMG_0300_1I chose the paint color ages ago, and was very picky. I chose a semigloss in Blue Sail from the Valspar Signature line and I absolutely love this color. It’s like a really pretty, smoky blue with a hint of green that calms me, and in my opinion, looks luxurious. I think it’s just perfect for a bedroom.

I’ve actually used Valspar Signature paint for the other two painting projects I mentioned before. Valspar has amazing colors, suited for every taste, and I’ve never been disappointed with its quality.


This project was two years in the making not by choice! First, my landlord needed to repair a wall in the room which had succumbed to some damage prior to my moving in. If any of you understand how landlords tend to work, two years shouldn’t be too big of a surprise.

After taping off the trim around the floor, windows and ceiling, wiping down and lightly sanding the walls, and painting, here’s the final result! I love it!

AfterThough I didn’t get to do as much of the actual painting as I would have liked, it was a fun task and something well worth the short amount of time it took. It also allowed me to clear my room of some junk in boxes I had been too lazy to take care of, and now I have a ton of extra space.

Here are the before and after photos, taken by my significant other. Isn’t it a world of difference? Now the best part lies ahead shopping for wall decor!


This project has actually inspired me to take on another, and I found a really great how-to demonstration via Pinterest. If/when that one actually happens, you bet you’ll see it on this blog!

So what do you guys think of this mini makeover? Let me know in the comments below!


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2 Responses to A Little Paint Goes a Long Way in Home Improvement

  1. Stacey says:

    Love it! So nice that your landlord allows you to paint – and that you had the “master painter” to help you! I am sure you will enjoy spending time in there with a color that you love!
    Too bad you can’t get rid of the white millwork. Not a fan of white trim inside the house – even though I know it was used by most builders for the past 10 years or so since it is much cheaper than wood. I think it also became the “in thing” when everyone switched to silver fixtures and when all the DIY shows became popular (paint those kitchen cupboards and save $$). We replaced all the white trim in our house with oak – and the rooms are SO much warmer now. It is interesting how the Parade homes we toured this year were all going back to natural wood finishes – love it – especially in the kitchen!
    Enjoy your “new” room!!

    • Karin says:

      I think the white trim works with the age of the house, but I like wood better too!
      So happy with the results though. Very thankful to have a landlord that is ok with painting. But like I said, anything is an improvement!

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