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Lauren’s Spare Room Makeover: New Color from Top to Bottom

by Lauren Chorpening Day

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I’m always amazed at how quickly paint transforms a room and the difference using high-quality paint makes during the whole process. Our spare room has hardly been touched since we moved into our home over a year ago so giving it the attention it deserves feels fantastic. We’ve had a lot of other projects to focus on but we’re finally ready to create a functional room that can serve as designated work space for myself with the ability to easily be used as a kids’ room in the future. Instead of waiting for our daughter to get older to finally fix up this space and give it some intention, I made it my mission to redesign the room in a way that can transition over time.

I knew that the biggest part of the transformation would be to repaint. Instead of hurriedly getting paint on the walls, I wanted to take my time getting full coverage over every surface with high-quality paint.

For the ceiling, I chose Behr Marquee® Paint in a flat sheen to minimize reflections from the windows and overhead lighting. The color I picked for the ceiling was Creamy Mushroom and it’s perfectly in between beige and taupe. With all of the natural light in the space, I thought going a little darker on the ceiling would be a fun way to change things up.

I covered the floors with drop cloths and used an extension pole at the end of my paint roller to easily reach the ceiling without a ladder. A super helpful tip is to start your painting with the ceiling so that you can quickly cover any drips that might hit the walls below. They will be covered over with wall paint so no clean-up is necessary!

Behr Marquee Paint comes in over 1,000 colors that provide one-coat* coverage, but I was truly surprised at how well a single coat covered. The paint glided on easily, didn’t drip and I was finished painting the ceiling quickly. Although it was a fairly last-minute decision, my husband decided to pull down the original molding and replace it with new crown molding. This meant that I didn’t need to edge the ceiling at this point — the crown would cover where the new paint ended.

I’m going to be adding a painterly pattern to the walls but before that, I wanted the space to have a light and neutral base. I chose Cameo White in satin from their Behr Marquee Paint line. Cameo White has the slightest grey tint when next to pure white furniture which I’m excited about. The satin finish will be perfect for wiping down smudges and fingerprints as the space transitions to a kids’ room later on.

To apply the paint, I rolled my roller brush in the paint about 15 times to really get it saturated. After removing the excess paint from the roller, I worked in 3×3-foot sections of the wall at a time. This allowed me to focus on the coverage of paint in sections and avoid drips and missed spots. After each 3×3 area, I’d reload my roller with another 10 to 15 rolls in the paint tray before moving to the next section.

Since the new crown will be added and the existing window, door and baseboard trim will all be painted, cutting in with a brush was a breeze. When I apply the trim paint though, I’m going to have a lot of tedious edging and taping to do. It already looks so much better and I’m excited to get the rest of the painting done. Stay tuned for the next installment of my spare room makeover and the introduction of pattern using Breezeway – a Behr Paint soft blue!


This is Post 3 in a series of 5 where I’ll be sharing my color selection process and my room’s new design along with the final palette chosen from the Behr line-up of colors. I hope you’ll join us on our painting journey and take away a few helpful painting tips along the way! We’re grateful for our sponsor, Behr, for funding this series and makeover. Thank you for supporting our sponsor who helps us bring you free and original content like this every weekday. You can see Post 1 of this series here and Post 2 here

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  • Crown and trim should be caulked at the joints to walls, ceiling, windows, doors. Caulk is not an option, but a necessity for a clean well prepped project. This should be done before any painting. Period.

    As an artist and professional painter, I’ve never known a ceiling that didn’t benefit from two coats of paint. Even when it’s a new shade of white over an old white, the ceiling can absorb the paint as it dries and leave you with a patchy finish.

    Traditional ( male ) painters and retailers may advise eggshell finishes for walls. This is not the ticket for a happy life of wall washing. Women no longer wash walls and if a wall needs a spot removed, doing so on flat wall paint is by far easier and a better choice. Flat painted walls are also more contemporary and sophisticated.

    My comments are shared because I hate to see a flawed process that could easily influence homeowners starting out with DIY projects.

    • Hi Mary Jane,

      We did caulk the crown and trim. I must not have made that clear. I meant that when painting the ceiling, I didn’t need to edge the paint into the corner with a brush because the new crown would cover the corners. Thank you for clarifying that for readers!

      No patchy finish on the ceiling in this room but I’m sure a different paint/finish/setting wouldn’t hurt getting a second coat.

      The rest of our home is done in flat paint and my husband and I both have a hard time getting smudges off of it. It was our preference for a kids room to have a more wipeable finish.

      Thanks for your tips!

  • You’re so brave doing your own painting. I see it being done by contestants on all the home renovation shows but I’m so worried that the paint won’t look professional. Good tips and ideas and nice outcome. Thank you.
    Matt Cornell