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Master Bedroom Decorating: Paint Walls Like a Pro!

Save money on your room bedroom makeover budget with this trick for decorating – paint walls like a pro! Get a dramatic new look for little money.

It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Hosted by Calling it Home and Better Homes and Gardens, the challenge encourages participants to complete a room makeover in 8 weeks. We’ve chosen to work on our Master Bedroom. Our inspiration is “Modern Farmhouse Boho” and last week we started the makeover off by working on our small closet organization.

Today’s before and after reveal features one of the most dramatic changes to the bedroom – painting a feature wall!

One Room Challenge Week 4: Painting Walls

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Master Bedroom Decorating: Paint walls with Two Color Wall Combinations

Our room previously had the more coastal colors of Simply White and Silver Strand.

Although it was a vast improvement over the boring builder beige they started with, we were ready for something different.

Decorating: Paint Walls on a Budget

As we mentioned at the beginning of this series, we want to do this room makeover using primarily supplies that we already have on hand. That decision was made for a variety of reasons, including:

  • saving money,
  • using up supplies that are taking up space in our small home, and
  • encouraging us to be more creative with DIY projects!

With that in mind, we knew we wanted our dark painted feature wall to be painted in the color Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore. We had a portion of a can left over from previous projects, and already knew we loved the color paired with Simply White.

(Here are my top tips on how to choose paint colors you’ll love.)

However, we knew that the amount of paint we had on hand would possibly be a little short to paint 2 coats. So, to make sure we had a great end result, we cut in and painted the first coat with a leftover can of sample Burnt Umber paint (that was previously painted on the headboard above). We were amazed that the sample can nearly covered an entire first coat on the wall!

Once it dried, we painted the final coat of Iron Mountain on the wall. It covered beautifully and we love it!

Bedroom wall painted in a dark gray color with a bed and end tables.

We kept the other 3 walls painted Simply White, as we love the brightness it brings into the space.

Tips for painting a dark feature wall

If you are new to painting a room, I put all my tips and tricks in this detailed post on how to paint a room. We also used our favorite supplies listed this painting supply checklist. Having the proper tools can make the job easy with great results.

Because we wanted a nice, crisp line between the dark charcoal color and the white, we used Frogtape painters tape in each corner. I’m a new Frogtape user, and I must say – I’m sold!! It makes a really wonderful, crisp line without any bleed through. The secret, though, is to remove the tape before it dries completely. That will prevent the paint from peeling off with the tape.

Cost for painting this feature wall:

This dramatic before and after feature wall cost us absolutely no money at all – since all the paint was left over. Yay!!

Next week on the One Room Challenge:

Today I gave you a really big sneak peek of our Master Bedroom makeover. The headboard, end tables, and lights are all DIY projects that we’ll talk about later…

For more budget decorating: painting walls before and after reveals, check out these posts:

To see other room makeovers:

Head on over to the One Room Challenge room makeovers site to check out all the amazing rooms being done. It’s amazing to watch rooms come to life!

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  2. I love it, the dark colour is so on trend! I also love the colours in the vintage painting. Can’t wait to see more of this make over!

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