On the other hand, I think I am going about this realistically. Not everyone can afford to go out and buy everything to decorate a room all at once. There is nothing wrong with taking your time and building a room piece by piece.
The room makeover started last summer with priming the walls (which were previously black); building a set of un-bunked bunk beds; and new bedding for the girls.
We paused the process because we weren't sure what we wanted to do with the walls. Part of me wanted to paint them white, while part of me liked the idea of purple or pink.
I put the idea on hold for a few months, until Lullaby Paints contacted me to give their interior paints a try.
I've used their chalkboard paint before, and you can see them featured here on She Makes a Home on terracotta herb pots.
The benefit of Lullaby Paints is that they do not contain toxic chemicals found in traditional paints, such as terpenes, formaldehyde, acrolein, phthalates, glycol, toluene, methylene chloride, styrene, trichloroethylene, xylenes, benzene, and more. Lullaby Paints also does not contain glycol, which is linked to asthma and allergies in children. Even traditional paints claiming to be Zero VOC can contain glycol.
Lullaby Paints did send me paint in the color of my choice for free; however, I am not being paid to write this post, nor to review this experience. These are my honest thoughts.
When browsing their site to find a color the girls and I would like, I thought they could use a little more variety. There were only two colors on their site that I was seriously considering (Lilac and Cotton Candy); however, Lullaby Paints can create custom colors based on the colors of any other company out there, making the possibilities practically endless.
We ended up choosing Lullaby Paints in Lilac. The color was a little more cool-toned than I wanted, but I thought that cooler might be better since I have a lot of gray in that room.
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When the package arrived, I had forgotten that the paint comes in pouches, rather than metal cans. I absolutely love this! From my experience, these are the benefits of pouches:
1. Easy to open. I did not need my metal paint can opener, which is lucky, because I don't know where it is. The pouches use screw on/off plastic lids.
2. Easy to pour: since you're working with a ~2" opening rather than a wide-open bucket shape, pouring the paint into my paint try was easy and not messy.
3. Easy to save paint: I might be the only one with this problem, but when I open traditional paint buckets, I tend to bend the metal lid, and thus, am not able to close the can tightly. The screw on cap closes the pouch completely, and I think my leftover paint will last a long time because of that.
My only complaint about the pouches: They seem to create something of a mustard plug in the opening of the pouch. This happened the first time I opened the paint: I went to pour it into the paint tray, and the first thing that came out was a tube-shaped lump of paint. It was easy to remove, but little bits of it did break off and some of it mixed in to the rest of the paint in the tray. I don't know if this is common, or if this is because I ordered my paint in the winter and it sat on my front porch for a while in the cold.
Now, on to the performance of the paint.
I found the coverage to be really good. I only had to do one coat, which I am really, really happy about. A few spots I went over again, simply due to human error when using a roller paint brush, but it was a beautifully thick paint with no show-through of the white primer.
The color turned out more beautiful that I was expecting. I was expecting something of a cooler, almost gray-purple, and the shade of purple almost has some warmth to it.
The girls and I love the new color of their room. Thank you so much to Lullaby Paints for letting us try your beautiful paint!
I will do a full reveal of their room once it's finished. I still have to add some wall art; a rug; and organize the closet a bit. More on that later!