Karen’s productive weekend

On Friday night, I made the conscious decision that I was going to have an unbelievably productive weekend.

That night, Joe & I headed to B&Q to pick up some bits and bobs. Joe needed some screws and other manly tool-related things and I wanted some paint samples for our bedroom.

We had already painted the feature wall a green colour and I knew that I wanted to eventually paint the rest of them as well, as they are currently white and I just can’t bring myself to like it. Although the white walls mean that the room looks large and incredibly bright, there is something about it that looks unfinished to me.

And dirty! White walls show everything, and I may be untidy sometimes, but dirty walls just ain’t gonna wash with me.

White walls are mucky walls

As mentioned in a previous post, we had narrowed the millions of shades of grey available down to two colours: Dulux’s Polished Pebble and Dulux’s Chic Shadow.

I’d seen Chic Shadow on plenty of other blogs, and I particularly liked the look of it on Lauren Makes A Home but I was concerned it may be too dark so Polished Pebble was the alternative.

Don't judge that I'm sampling paints with a glass of wine. It was a Friday night!

I’ve also said this before, but I think straight-lined samples are so dull! Decorating is tedious, so why not have fun with it? I’ve yet again gone for heart-shaped samples.

Left: Chic Shadow. Right: Polished Pebble

Polished Pebble was the winner for us in the end, so on Sunday morning it was back to B&Q for the paint. And luckily there was an offer on: 2 tins for £25. Lovely jubbly.

It took me pretty much the whole afternoon to get the first big wall done – I’m short! I need to do painting in three stages:
Step one: On my knees
Step two: Standing tall
Step three: On a step-ladder.

Here’s the colour so far…

Obviously it’s unfinished and needs touch-ups! But you get the jist of the colour.

One thing I have found a lifesaver on this paint job is Frogtape. I wanted it, at first, simply because it had a funny name (proper mature and that). But, it’s helped wonders in getting a straight paint line against the skirting board.

Hopefully I’ll get this finished on the evenings this week, leaving the weekend ready for hanging mirrors and pictures.

To be continued…

Karen x

  • We had frogtape too! Did you find it took the paint off the wall though (we did)? It was brilliant for skirts and windows though.

    • Yeah I haven’t found a single tape yet that doesn’t rip off wallpaper. But on the skirting, it’s saved me so much time!

  • Donna Jon

    hi karen. i have gone for both the same testers too. the chic shadow is a very dark colour and i was worried it would be too dark in the apartment bedroom. so going for the polished pebble. do you find it has a bluey tint to it? Donna x

    • Karen

      Hi Donna,
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Yes the Chic Shadow is gorgeous but I think unless you have an incredibly open room it does look too dark. The Polished Pebble is gorgeous. However, I don’t think there is any blue tint to it at all. I think the Dulux greys really look different depending on what you pair them with, so perhaps if it’s next to another blue that will bounce off the grey and look blue-tinted. We put ours against white and green, and it looks lovely and subtle. Good luck picking! x

  • Stephanie

    Hi Karen you’ve saved me alot of trouble was trying to decide between these two and
    Like yourself I have gone for polished pebble, my one worry tho is that on the tin it doesn’t really look grey so just basically looking for reassurance? Thanks Stephanie xx

    • Karen

      Hi Stephanie. Glad I could be of help 🙂
      Yeah you’re right it does look subtle on the tin, but it’s a distinct difference to when you paint it onto white walls. The Polished Pebble is lovely and fresh, and a really lovely neutral colour. I’d personally say Chic Shadow is a little too dark unless it’s for a feature wall. I have seen it used on an entire room on some blogs but they’ve had multiple large windows to compensate. Good luck! 🙂 x

  • Anna

    I was thinking of going for Dulux Polished Pebble for my living room but not sure if it might be darkish. Were you pleased with how it turned out in your room in the end? Any finished pics? Thx.