One Space at a Time

September 16, 2014

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My husband and I just got back from a little vacation.

For 7 blissful days we just rested and relaxed.

white rock

It was just what our weary bodies needed.  Some sweet, gracious friends offered their beautiful, cozy home to us while they were on a vacation, so we were able to stay right here in beautiful British Columbia and yet it felt like we were a world away!

Irwin went for long bike rides and I read books.  But each day, we went for a coffee walk ~ you know, a long walk that ends up at the local coffee shop.  The weather is still sunny and beautiful here (sorry to those of you in the thick of winter!), so we soaked it all in.


Now, since we’ve gotten home, I’ve been working on tackling our house.  It’s been sadly neglected for a year now.  Things have been piled and shoved and stuffed away until “later”.

paper mess

“later” has arrived.

sorting papers

I started a to do list on Saturday.

papers cleaned

It was 2 pages long.

tupperware drawer before

But, the good news is…

tw after 2

I got to cross some things off!!:)

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I always breathe a sigh of relief and do a happy dance when I finally choose a paint color for a project.  I excitedly enter the store and ask the helpful paint lady (or man) to mix me up a can.  But with a simple question, I realize I have one more decision to make.

“And what sheen would you like that in?”

Oh, dear.

I’ve stood in stores and asked so many questions, I’ve gathered some tips in that department.  But, lest I lead you astray, I’ve done some additional research for you today.

Paint finishes come in a variety of sheens (or levels of “shiny-ness”) ranging from flat (no sheen) to glossy (high sheen).

Each paint company has its own sheen names for their particular paint line and will carry a  sample sheen guide for you to refer to.  I encourage you to ask them lots of questions, and they’ll guide you through the process.

The main factors that you’ll need to think through are the look and function of the project you are working on.  Do you want it to be shiny when finished?  Do you need to be able to wipe it clean?  Is in in a high traffic area?  Or a bathroom?

Here are some examples:

FLAT Paint~ Is what is usually used for ceilings.  It is definitely not a high traffic area with lots of finger prints to scrub off!:)  It is a powdery finish that hides imperfections well.

Blue painted ceiling 

               {Source –ceiling color Benjamin Moore Gull Wing Gray. Walls are Revere Pewter.}

EGGSHELL Paint ~ Is what I used for the walls in the office.  It is has good scrubability, but still has quite a soft, flat finish.  It, too, hides imperfections incredibly well.  The walls in this room have many imperfections, but the paint finish masks it well.

chimney from desk

                                             {Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere}

PEARL/SEMIGLOSS ~ These are 2 more sheens that are on the “shiny-er” side.  Pearl is less shiny than semi-gloss and can be used in rooms or areas that need to be scrubbed often.  If you are painting a bathroom, consult the paint store as to which product they’d recommend for an area that has more moisture.  They often have formulas specific for bathrooms and kitchens.

palladian blue bathroom

{Source : Walls Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.  Beadboard Mountain Peek White}

SEMIGLOSS is what I use for all trim.  It’s shiny-er and more durable.

GLOSS ~ This is super-shine!  I’ve seen it in pictures used for doors or floors.  It can be used to make a definite decor statement, but will highlight any imperfections in the surface.

High Gloss  Miles Redd 07

{Source from this great article on high gloss}

It’s also worth noting that you can use different sheens to achieve a completely different look for your projects.

glossy stripes

This striped wall is done by painting stripes in exactly the same color but a higher sheen.

I hope this helps you as you choose a paint sheen for your project.  If you’ve missed any of the previous Fresh Start paint posts I’ve done in the past few weeks, you can find them by clicking the links below:

My 1st DIY Experience

Creating Color Flow from Room to Room

Practical Paint Prep Tips

Once again, I’m grateful to Benjamin Moore for the opportunity to transform one of our own rooms (you can see it here), and their Ben & ME promotion is still going on until October 5.

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If you need any inspiration or helpful tips to get started on your own projects, be sure to check out their website here.

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Although this post has been generously sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Benjamin Moore.


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