Dan and I spent the entire week between Christmas and New Years painting and replacing all the doors on our first floor. To say this was a massive undertaking would be the biggest understatement yet of 2012. We shipped Kate off to both sets of grandparent’s houses for safekeeping while Dan and I slaved away.


As you can see, before we painted, our walls were roughly the color of…mud. (And clearly I didn’t pick up our household debris this particularly day). And the ceilings were mud colored, too. So, basically, we’ve lived in a mud hut. Oh, and the walls were a matte finish, so anytime Kate rammed her toy stroller into the walls, it left crazy, unremovable scuff marks all over the walls. After two years of living in a dark, dirty, mud hut, we’d had enough.

It took forever to decide on a color. We went to Home Depot and picked up about six paint samples to test on our walls. As soon as we slapped those samples on the walls, it became apparent which were winners and which were dubs. If you are considering painting, most definitely get samples and test the colors on your walls first. The chips can be deceiving.

After considering the colors during the day, at night, in direct sunlight, on a cloudy day, we settled on three colors (all colors are Behr’s Paint and Primer in one):

+Chocolate Sparkle

+Ripe Wheat

+Painted Turle


We decided to paint Ripe Wheat over most the walls and use Chocolate Sparkle as an accent wall in the kitchen and Painted Turtle as an accent wall in the family room. Since we were on a quest to erradicate all mud color, we painted the ceiling Behr’s ultra white ceiling paint, and we painted all the trim in Behr’s Glow.

Usually when Dan and I paint, we tape off. I am not steady enough to keep the paint on the intended wall. But when we were at Home Depot, we found this edger tools from Shurline and decided to give them a try. Since taping can take approximately 481 hours, I figured if this tool worked, it would cut our work time substantially.

Good news! This thing totally works! In our marriage, I am the cutter-inner and Dan is the roller. So while I’m painstainkingly cutting in, he’s twiddling his thumbs waiting to roll. Not with this tool! Man, I whipped around the room! So fast! Super speed! I could edge the entire room before Dan finished rolling one wall. Awesome. This thing is worth every penny.

Now, you do have to be careful. It’s not as if you can just slap the paint on there and willy nilly run the tool along the wall. You need to be careful not to get paint on the wheels or else the paint will smear. Also, you need to work with your walls. If your house was built circa 1958 like my house, well, the walls aren’t straight. So you need to go with your wall and move it in relation to the wall, not in relation to what is technically “straight.”

I am beyond happy with the result. Which is good because about halfway through, I thought, is this really worth it? Why did we decided to do this project? But then, when we were finally through, I’m so glad we took on this project. Creating a space we’re proud of increases my happiness 100 fold. Looks like I’m right on track for creating a space I love – and detoxifying my space from…the mud look.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.