Interior Painting: Step-By-Step for an Easy Process.

No interior design is complete without a complementary wall color to tie together the design, and create a seamless, personal style for each room.

Design Ideas

A plethora of information is available to inspire design ideas, DIY how-to’s for painting, and other exhilarating ideas for the home. Changing seasons, popular designers, magazines and marketing teams from various companies inspire new, desirable color pallets, patterns, and finishes to match style and practical needs of every individual.

Abundant information and ideas inspire creativity, but can prove overwhelming in the planning process– especially for planning multiple rooms, or an entire home. Here is a guide focused on the painting process of interior design: a guide to step-by-step planning, and how to enjoy the process.

Some considerations: Budget, Time, & Practicality.

Consider your budget: there are endless money-saving opportunities when choosing interior paint designs. Estimate your top budget allowance before looking into the details of expenses. Plan theoretically your ideal finished product on paper, research paint pricing and services, and compare the estimated budget to the ideal expenses. From here, expenses can be altered through frugal or DIY methods.

Time: Consider the time-frame you would like the entire project to be completed by– are you moving into the home at a specific date? Set a realistic ideal time-frame, and estimate room-by-room, or step-by-step, time to fit within the larger frame.

Practicality: This refers to the color and finish of the paint. Families with children often choose paints with a finish for easy-cleaning, or a darker color to hide small imperfections that occur over time. Additionally, this can refer to the over-all design of a specific room: what paint+design would provide the most practical use of space for your lifestyle?

The Color:


^ An excellent page for color choice & design: Here 

After budgeting and creating a time-frame, begin researching paint color pallets and design schemes. Choosing color is truly just a matter of preference: there is no “right” or “wrong” pallet, and most advice centers around what works best for others. Consider each room as it’s own color pallet: wall paint is incorporated into the entirety of the design.

Neutral pallets are a favorite, and offer a timeless appearance that can be “re-edited” through various pops of color in decor. Neutral pallets come in a variety of light and dark colors, suitable to brighten or contrast any room.

Vibrant Colors: Though nowadays is seems as though every color is a neutral color, come pallets stand out from the crowd. Generally, neutral colors do not compete for recognition, and non-neutrals demand the eye’s attention. These colors are complementary to small spaces, accent walls, or bold design.

Patterns, Borders, & More: These can be used for any room for a multitude of purposes: adding texture, opening/contrasting spaces, incorporating color, etc. Patterns work well adding texture on accent walls, and can be extended to furniture for a complete design. Boarders serve to contrast other colors, or highlight vibrant colors and patterns in the room.

The Finish:

Finishes range from matte to gloss, and can be purposed for easy cleaning, single-coat, and

Flat/Matte: This finish is ideal for camouflaging small wall imperfections such as bumps and minor cracks. You may utilize this finish to avoid caulking/repairing these imperfections, so long as you ensure the dings or dents are small enough to hide. Flat finishes do not reflect light, and work well for darker colors to create a comfortable, soft space.

Flat Enamel: A variation of the standard matte, this finish provides the same qualities, but is a bit easier to clean. It will not reflect light, but works well for rooms where consistent cleaning may be necessary, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or mud rooms.

Eggshell: This finish is a low-sheen, easy-clean option, that will subtly reflect light to create a soft, but vibrant glow.

Satin: Arguably the most versatile, the satin finish offers a velvety appearance, is highly durable to clean, and offers a slight gloss with light reflection. This type of finish is often used for trim, doors, and ceilings, but can be used on walls as well.

Semi-gloss: Moving up the “glossy gradient”, the semi-gloss finish is generally used for trim, windows, doors, cabinets, etc; but can be used for walls if desired. Paints with this finish lay down smoothly, and offer a subtle, easy-clean shine.

Glossy: High-gloss paints are the most reflective, but are not often used for interior painting for their resemblance of enamel or plastic. This finish is becoming more popular as an accent for cabinets and trim, but must be applied with care on interior wall surfaces.

The Quality: 

When considering the final product, price and quality generally go hand-in-hand. Though, understanding your needs, and how this translates to price (paint “features” you are buying) can save you from overspending on brands advertising high-priced “all-in-one” paints.

Here is an excellent guide for what to look for, and how to spot the difference in high and low-quality paints:  Choosing Quality Paint


The Quantity: 

One of the most common questions our company receives concerns the quantity of paint needed for a project. This generally depends on square footage, types of surfaces to be painted, and number of coats.

A general rule-of-thumb is 1 Gallon of paint/ every 350 Sq Ft = Yields 1 coat.

We suggest you measure each room:

  • Measure wall dimensions + window/door dimensions.
  • Subtract window & door dimensions from wall dimensions.

To make life easier, Lowe’s Paint Calculator does all of the work for you after taking general measurements.



Mommy & Me: Patriotic 4th of July Canvas Shoes!








A simple, affordable DIY idea that Mommy will love, too! Painted canvas shoes are a fun craft for families, friends, and kids!   00521


Photo: Etsy                                     Photo: Dream A Little Bigger


Inspiration for this blog is brought to you by Pretty Providence’s Blog, where you can find full instructions on these adorable shoes!

For this project you will need:

  • Canvas shoes:
    • Can be found at Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, or online via Amazon/Ebay.
  • Fabric Markers (red & blue)
  • Stars/stripes stickers & stencils. (Can be hand-made or purchased).

Ideas for designs:

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Be creative!

And Happy 4th of July!



DIY American Flag: Bold Decor for the 4th of July!

Wooden American flags are an elegant and versatile solution for patriotic decor this summer.


This bold idea can be made suitable for outdoor weather, from various materials, and in any size & design.

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Tools & Materials:

  • Wood: There are a few options for this, and feel free to be creative, but this tutorial will focus on
    • Wood Boards (dimsensions may be altered for desirable size).
    • Wood Surface: Plywood-type, one piece of wood.
    • Branches/twigs collected from the yard (great for kids, and free!).
  • Wood glue (doesn’t apply to ply-wood).
  • Sandpaper (in varying grits)
  • Paint brushes in various sizes (potentially a roller if working on a large surface).
  • Primer
  • Red, White, & Blue paint (can choose various shades to inspire a rustic, vibrant, or contemporary look, etc.)
  • Water-based polyurethane sealer.
  • Star stencils or stickers in a size appropriate for your flag.
  • Painters tape.


Step One:

  • Sand all wood to a smooth surface, and clean using a mild cleaner.
  • Let dry.
  • Prime wood using a light white, or off-white color.
    • This can be craft paint, or quality primer.. both will work fine.
  • (If you won’t be gluing wood together, move to step 3)

Step Two:

  • Gather your pieces of appropriately sized wood.
    • Dimensions for this can be altered. Standards for this are 4’x6′, 2’x3′, etc. Just ensure the height is shorter than the width, and the length can comfortably accommodate the blue corner square square at 1/3 of the length.
    • I did 3′ L x 2.5′ H.
  • Glue wood together in a striped/horizontal pattern.
    • If you are using fewer, thicker boards,larger boards will be taped into smaller sections for thinner stripes.
    • Allow for 12 stripes: 3 large boards= 4 stripes each, 6 boards=2 stripes each, etc.
    • The blue square should be 7 stripes high.

Step 3:

  • Use painters tape to section off the square, allowing for 7 stripes in height, and about 1/3 of the length.
  • Tape and paint blue. Let dry.
    • If using stickers, stick and paint blue over the top. Remove stickers once paint is completely dry to reveal white underneath.
    • If using stencils, paint blue, let completely dry. With a stencil, paint or spray paint white. Let dry.
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    • The three above photos are from this link via MyLovetoCreate. Click for another fence-flag tutorial and great photos.
  • Use tape to section red lines, your white lines will be the white paint revealed between the red lines.
  • Paint red, and let dry completely.
  • Apply a water-based polyurethane sealant.

Alternatively, create a chevron flag:


Using this tutorial from thevintagestorehouse.


Happy 4th of July!