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Master Bedroom Makeover: Dark Painted Ceiling (in which I embrace a new trend whilst having a terrible haircut)


Sometimes, the world slaps you upside the head and you become aware of something about yourself.

I had a recent, not-so-pleasant realization that I’m less than thrilled about.

(Have I done anything about it yet? Well, no, because I’m very cheap and kind of busy.)

But more on that later. Anyway, my brother and sisters and I gave my parents a bedroom makeover for Christmas. You can check out the hideous wallpaper we started with here (it’s worth looking at).

The room has great crown molding that we’re keeping, and we wanted to highlight that fact. But it was a nice light tan color, and we didn’t like that so much. So the next thing my mom did was select paint colors–3 total. One for the ceiling, one for the walls, and one for the board and batten (stay tuned) and crown molding.

We were somewhat limited in color choices, but for a good reason–my mom wanted to use ReCoat paint, which is recycled paint that West Michigan paint chain Repcolite produces.

I was a bit confused as to how someone could recycle paint, but it turns out that they take leftover/unused latex paint and refine it and remix it and recolor it. So people can clean out their basement and actually do something with all of their unused paint.

Mom chose a white color for the trim work and then went a little crazy (with me egging her on).

She chose this color for the ceiling.

recoat petoskey stone paint color

A little unorthodox? Definitely. I was proud.

Here’s the color she chose for the walls.

recoat stone paint color

Mom and I got right to work painting the ceiling. She cut around the crown while I used the roller.

painting a ceiling dark whilst having a terrible haircut

She was also the official photographer and got this shot of me, which I am horrified to be putting on the internet.

But I am doing it anyway. For you.

Seeing this picture made me realize that my haircut looks like a bowl cut mixed with a mullet when I crane my neck like that.

Cue excuses.

1. I’m in a weird place of not knowing whether I want sideswept bangs or if I want to grow them out. Therefore (and obviously), I’ve done nothing.

2. I haven’t had a haircut since the post-wedding chop. I’ve been busy using my free time blogging instead of performing basic hygiene. It’s a sacrifice, but I do it anyway.

3. Not to sound like a broken record or anything, but I don’t really like to spend money. And haircuts are one of my least favorite things to spend either time or money on. I need to learn to DIY my own haircut.

But you will be happy to know that since this photo was taken, I’ve become convicted of the value of a good haircut. It’s now on my list of New Year’s resolutions to get one in 2013.

Annnnd, back to the master bedroom makeover.

For a solid 50% of the time we were painting, mom and I were both freaking out a little over how dark the color looked on the ceiling.

dark gray painted ceiling

But, as it dried (a bit lighter and less mottled than the photo above, thankfully), we convinced ourselves that it was actually awesome.

So, now I’ll leave you with some eye candy of some other dark painted ceilings we liked on the path to making this bold decision.

dark painted ceiling 1

Click on either picture to go to an interesting article with other dark-painted-ceiling examples.

dark painted ceiling 2

So, have mom and I gone off our rockers? If we have, don’t tell us because at this point we’re blissfully unaware.

And keep checking back for updates on the master bedroom progress–we’ve got a loooong list of things to do. And hey, who knows? I might even get a hair cut one of these days.


16 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Makeover: Dark Painted Ceiling (in which I embrace a new trend whilst having a terrible haircut)

  1. Haha…you’re hilarious. I didn’t put a pic my hubby took of ME painting because I thought I looked fat. You’re have way more courage than me.

  2. I love it! I think that it will make the room super cozy.

  3. I love it. Darker bedrooms are so soothing! I think if you pair it with lighter bedding and accessories oh and some metallic accents it will look amazing. Your comments about your hair crack me up – I have not had my hair cut in about 7 months. Partly because we moved to a new city & the thought of having to teach a new hairdresser about my hair and what I like annoys/terrifies me and partly because I’m cheap. If you figure out how to DIY haircuts, let me know!

  4. Love it! And maybe someday I can cut your hair for a cheap friend rate 🙂

  5. Dear Anne:

    It turns out that I love you and we are going to be best of friends. (I connected to your Facebook page after you connected to my Facebook page and here we are.) Who could have expected this wonderful chain of events??

    Firstly, you can use the term “whilst” in a blog title. This is unexpected and awesome.

    Secondly, you put in a picture of yourself and described it as both a bowl cut and a mullet. This is priceless.

    Thirdly, I love love love to decorate my house. And I also have issues with ugly wallpaper. Our last house was covered in it, heaven help me.

    That’s it. I look forward to all future posts. Please hurry. The internet is so boring!


    • Jessie! I am so glad you found my blog because yes, now we can be the best friends I knew we were. I no longer have to hide my stalkage of your blog anymore, either! And yes, the internet is totally boring so I will get right on that (but I may need your help in eradicating the boredom).

      • Together we shall overcome the internet!

        I feel like our husbands should probably meet. They share a lot of the same joy and agony and could be a nice support group for one another. That coffee table example was a good one–I would totally do that. Why move a table to work on it when it belongs right there?

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