One Room Challenge Week 2 | Painting the Walls Pink

October 6, 2021

Welcome back to week 2 of the Fall One Room Challenge! This week I chose the paint color and focused on painting the walls the perfect shade of pink. Check out the design plans for my vintage-inspired girls’ bedroom in the Week 1 blog post. Here is a reminder of what my daughter’s bedroom looked like when we first moved into the home two years ago.

Painting the walls pink with this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #bhgorc

For those of you who are stopping by for the first time, welcome! Two years ago we moved into our 1960’s fixer-upper in Toledo, Ohio, and have been documenting our renovations on the blog. This will be my fifth time participating in the One Room Challenge and it has been a fantastic way to complete projects in our home! Thanks for following along as I work to transform our daughter’s bedroom in 8 weeks.

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Choosing the Perfect Pink Paint Color

I spent a lot of time looking at various pink paint colors before choosing one for Evelyn’s bedroom. I wanted her room to feel like a big, cozy hug, so I really wanted to find a warm, muddy pink. My goal was to find a paint color that would work for many years to come. I narrowed it down to four options.

The painted swatch in the image below is color-matched to Setting Plaster by Farrow and Ball. The other three options are Sherwin Williams – the top color is Romance, the center-left color is Doeskin and the bottom color is Likeable Sand.

Painting the walls pink with this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #bhgorc

I placed the samples on all four walls to see how they looked throughout the day and decided on Likeable Sand.

Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove

Romance was a little too pink-y, Doeskin was a little too dark with purple undertones, and Setting Plaster was a very close match to Likeable Sand.

Check out a full tutorial on how to paint a room with carpeting and my favorite paint supplies to use!

Prepping the Walls for Paint

This part of painting a room is another not so fun, but necessary step in the process. First, I removed all items from the wall. Next, I removed any anchors or nails from the wall. The room also had a cable cord that we do not use, so I removed that cord as well.

How to prep the walls for paint in this girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird

Once everything was out of the walls I filled the holes with spackle and sanded them smooth. A quick wipe down of the walls to remove the dust and I was ready to paint!

Painting the Walls Pink

The bulk of one weekend was spent painting the walls of the bedroom while my hero husband handled the kids. Whenever I start a painting project, I have to finish it as quickly as possible. I hate the mess that comes with painting a room and I wanted to get it all put back together with Evelyn in her room for the school week.

My least favorite part of painting a room is the ceiling! I always end up with a kink in my neck after applying two coats of paint, but I know it is an important step.

Painting the walls pink with this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #bhgorc

The walls got two coats of paint using Sherwin Williams Super Paint in a satin sheen. I decided to paint the walls and the trim/doors using the same sheen. This made life a little easier and I like how it gives the room a seamless look. In smaller spaces, painting the doors in a different color, like white, can sometimes make the space feel choppy and therefore smaller.

Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove

I was a little nervous about the color at first because it looked a bit tan when I first rolled it on the walls. At this time there was a storm outside and I didn’t have any lights on. Once it brightened up, it was the exact color I hoped for! It is definitely a chameleon color that changes with different lighting.

Painted Bedroom After

Here is one side of the room with the fresh new paint color.

Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove

And here is the other side of the room taken at a different time and the following day. It looks so much darker!

Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove

Luckily, I love the color in both. of the images and so does Evie!

Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove
Likeable Sand by Sherwin Williams for this vintage girls bedroom makeover | Building Bluebird #swcolorlove

Come on back next week to see one of my favorite IKEA hacks to date and a cute organization DIY! Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants and their projects over on the One Room Challenge blog

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jeannie October 7, 2021 at 8:08 am

    The color blocking with the trim and doors is SO good. The shade of pink is perfect too, it will definitely stand the test of time!

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 7, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Thank you! I am really happy with the pink. 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey October 11, 2021 at 9:39 am

    This such a sophisticated shade of pink – painting the closet doors was perfect

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much!

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