When I posted the DIY no-sew roller shade upgrade, you got a tiny glimpse into my bedroom. In the same post, I mentioned that I had plans to repaint, and I've finally done it!
Not only that, but I've also adopted an entirely different palette and I just didn't like the heavy black frames seen below anymore.
With a few coats of paint as the only change, the same corner of the space looks totally different.
I always thought the coral color I chose when I moved in was much too pink and too dark...
...so I primed over it (this required 2 coats of primer - ugh) and then painted it Tropical Pool (Benjamin Moore Natura). I also used One Shot Letterers' Enamel in Ivory to repaint the picture frames and give them a lacquer-like shine. However, once I hung them, I decided that with the fuschia in the shade and the aqua walls, ivory simply looked too saccharine and childlike, so...
I painted them yet again, but this time, in Medium Gray - and I love them! You can see a bit of glossiness on the top frame, but in person they're quite shiny. I've been thinking of introducing some gray into the room to subdue all of the other colors a bit, and this shows me that gray is just the ticket.
A word of warning about One Shot: if you choose to use it, you absolutely must paint outside. The fumes are quite strong, as I found out when I just tried to paint near an open window. Also, you've got to use a brush with natural fiber bristles because the paint solvents will eat away at synthetics. This also means that unless you're going to trash your brush each time you do a project, you've got to use turpentine to clean it.
As you might imagine, neither the paint nor the turpentine are great for humans or for the environment; I'm actually on the lookout for a safe alternative that gives the same shine.
Here's to the power of paint!