When we first moved in, I went on a painting frenzy throughout the main floor of the house. We choose a dark grey for the master bedroom – a striking colour. Both Dan and I loved it. However, after several months of searching and searching for the right curtain, accent pillow and headboard fabrics for that room, I started to love the charcoal grey less and less. Because it was such a dark colour, it was really difficult to match, unless you used white (which we have enough of already with all the white furniture). I found a few fabrics online that I thought would work nicely, but they were super expensive designer fabrics. Nothing was coming up in our “sale bin” budget. So, after spotting some curtains in IKEA that were a great price, I decided it was actually cheaper to re-paint than to leave the charcoal colour and buy the expensive fabric.

the bedroom BEFORE

the bedroom BEFORE

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

With paintbrush back in hand and paint clothes pulled out of the bottom drawer, I was ready to get down to painting (unfortunately this was a solo venture since Dan was away for work in sunny San Diego!). I chose what I thought was a perfect grey from Benjamin Moore, but once I had the first coat up on the walls, it looked more purple than anything.  Ick. I went back to the store for a second can and this time went for a more green-grey (called coventry grey, HC169). Luckily a few strokes in with this new colour and I knew it was just right. One coat and it was done – the perfect light grey tone I was hoping for.

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

Stay tuned to see how the bedroom mini-reno turns out!