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Covering Red Paint with Behr Marquee

Behr Marquee paint is just what I needed for covering my red kitchen. See how I saved a ton of money and time and didn’t even need to prime the walls first! 

Hi there! Thanks for all of your encouragement over the plans for my powder room make-over through the $100 Room Challenge. I’m equally as excited! We’re looking at the first snow of the year this weekend. Luckily, I’ll have lots to keep me occupied!

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In the meantime, I wanted to share my experience with Behr Marquee paint.

Behr Marquee Paint Review

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You may remember back in the day when I painted my kitchen red and how excited I was about it.  Well, that excitement soon faded. Red is still my favorite color, but it seemed that a little bit less, and a more strategic use of red might be a good thing. Not only that but we’d missed a few spots when we went red – like behind the refrigerator! It was time for a change, and I was looking forward to it.

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Looking forward to it or not, I was,  dreading painting over the red. Endless priming and painting, and long term bleed through left me less than giddy. After some research I saw a commercial on TV, I was eager to give Behr Marquee paint a try. It’s a bit pricey at about $40 a gallon, but if it could save me the trouble of priming, I’d gladly try it. So I did!

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Of course, nothing is ever simple when it comes to painting around here, and once again, we had another wall of painted-over-wallpaper to remove. Stay tuned for details on how we managed how we quickly and painlessly pulled that off!

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Once we removed the wallpaper and thoroughly washed away any remaining, I taped everything off with painters tape.  All that taping was time-consuming, but it saved me from having to clean-up after myself! Our kitchen has an endless amount of trim and angles; I’m a sloppy painter!

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We went with “Nimbus Cloud” – a white with a slight silver tint – in an eggshell finish. The paint has a nice smooth, thick consistency and goes on like a dream. The big question is, does it go on with one coat? The simple answer is almost, which I consider a pretty big win over red and some bare, unprimed walls!

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After the first coat dried, I needed to retouch some of the cut-in edges and the odd spot on the wall, but for the most part, it did indeed cover in a single, properly applied coat. I used just short of a quarter gallon for my entire kitchen.

Even better, we’re a month in, and there has been no bleed through!

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So, let’s look at all of the elements that make up this great paint:

Low odor? Check.
Easy cleanup? Check.
Full coverage WITHOUT a primer? Check.
Easy to apply? Check.
Good color selection? Check

Do I love it? YES!

If you’re looking for a paint with full coverage, without priming, even over red, I would highly recommend this one. It is well worth the money! I will be using Behr Marquee again, and love my much lighter kitchen.

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge – Reveal – Game Room

Today is the day! Today is the day! I’m SO excited to be sharing my Game room ideas with you and showing you our completed room! Just writing that statement helps me breathe just a wee bit better – who knew I’d been holding my breath for the entire past six weeks of the Fall version of the One Room Challenge?
All I can say is get ready for eye candy galore as the 20 participants, and the 200+ linking participants all share the results of their sweat and tears! It’s going to get crazy!
A quick review for those of you who may be new here; We’ve been willing and excited participants in our second round – we made over our dining room into a multi-purpose space in the first round –  of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We have been feverishly transforming our over-the-garage bonus room, with dormered ceilings, from its most recent use as a classroom and media room into an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room.
If you’d like to catch up on our journey, in all its drama and glory, from the beginning you can start here:
I can’t even begin to tell you all that I learned during this challenge, and am incredibly proud and excited every single time I walk by the doorway to what is now my favorite room in the house!
Enough talking! On to the ridiculous number of pictures!


This game room seating transforms into a full-sized sofa bed

Tiffany Stained glass tyle Art Deco Decor Lamp
All designs are inspired by something. This lamp inspired the design for this game room. It was my mother’s, and I’ve not had a home for it since the day I brought it home. I’ve always thought it would be perfect in a game room. You may say that I’ve been planning this room for over 10+ years! A little bit art deco with a whole lot of glamor, I’m so happy this lamp has finally found a home!





To say this room turned out exactly how I’d hoped would be an understatement. It is precisely the vision I had in my head after I finally made up my mind what I wanted, and I can’t be more excited to call it mine!

Let’s not forget the before –

– And our to-do list with everything. Crossed. off. I know. I don’t know how it happened either, but let’s just go with it.

  1. Built-in storage bench seating with bookshelves
  2. Add a built-in snack bar with wine and spirits area 
  3. Add a built-in Media cabinet for a TV and other components
  4. Create an organized craft-supply closet
  5. Bold geometric wallpaper  
  6. Board and Batten wall trim throughout
  7. Dart Board
  8. Black Gloss Ceiling 
  9. Convertible sofa or sofa bed
  10. Move and re-felt the pool table
  11. Finish attic space to act as storage and a fun secret hideout

Thank you for all of your support through this past six crazy weeks. It’s been a journey full of a genuine labor of love, way too much take-out and not nearly enough laundry getting done! Your comments and encouragement helped more than you know! I’ll be back next Thursday with a complete source list where I got the green sofa.

Now, I’ll give my usual end of ORC speech and then I’m off for a nap!

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Special thanks to Wallpaper Boulevard and Wagner Tools for their support!


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** Photos by the lovely and talented Shannon Nuckols. You are the absolute best! To my husband, and partner in DIYing – sometimes by choice – the most love and thank yous for your unending and tireless pursuit of making my dreams come true. You’re crazy – not only do you buy into my ideas but you participate in them. That’s why you’re my favorite! And to my dearest April of Uncookie Cutter – for the endless calls, texts, face times during this project and many others – what would I do without you to call names and speak obscenities with? Thank you. You make this whole blogging thing a whole lot of fun! 

One Room Challenge – Week {five} – Game room or bust

Wow! It’s November. I may or may not have been thinking about Thanksgiving this week. It’s hard to keep one’s brain in the here and now when things get so hectic! It’s been a busy week, and I’m so looking forward to the weekend. I think this might be one of only a few weekends we have with no pressing plans before the craziness of the holidays begins. Oh, wait, that’s not true – it’s the last week before the One Room Challenge BIG reveal! So, scratch that.

Quick recap – We are a willing and excited participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We are feverishly making over what we hope will be an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room. For those of you who are new here and visiting from Calling It Home, welcome, I’m glad you’re here!

In week one we shared our ideas for making over our room. Week two, we talked about our plan to bring a little bit of bling and drama to our 22’x13′ space.  Weeks three and four we spent a good deal of our time opening and finished off an attic space directly off of the room we are working on, complete with a hidden door.
This week, we were able to tick at least a few things off of our list, starting with this gorgeous wallpaper that I talked about last week during our Wallpaper Makeover blog hop! Check out the how-to here. The paper went up like a breeze – or would have had someone with some wallpaper experience been hanging it – and looks exactly as I’d pictured it. It adds drama and depth. It’s the perfect transition between the stark white of the walls and built-ins and the black gloss of the ceiling. I might love it a little bit. Huge thanks to Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living for organizing such a fun blog hop!
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We also finished building the shelves over the bench seating.


We’ve finished the board and batten – finally! We used our handy-dandy Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer, which by the way, I’ll never, ever let go, to get one coat of paint up. I didn’t estimate the amount of paint I’d need very accurately – womp womp. Protecting our new black ceilings and gorgeous wallpaper was a necessity, but now I know what ET felt like, buried under all of that plastic! #ETgohome


Today will be the pool table move. I can’t tell you how buried this thing has been because it was honestly too embarrassing to document on film, but imagine everything you can see in the general vicinity of the table now was on TOP of it last week. Maybe the lawnmower wasn’t on top of it.. but EVERYTHING else. That will give you an idea. I am 110% sure I’ve found my next organization project!


I still have to finish off our snack bar, along with some of the other smaller projects that I’ll share early next week.
There are still some deliveries coming this week, such as.. well.. Pretty much everything except the pool table! No biggie. Everything is always delivered on time with no issues of receiving the wrong product or color. Said no one ever.
It’ll be okay. Really. Right?
At least I can say there are fewer things on the list than before.
1. Built-in storage bench seating with bookshelves
2. Add a built-in snack bar with wine and spirits area
3. Add a built-in Media cabinet for a TV and other components
4. Create an organized craft-supply closet
5. Bold geometric wallpaper  


6. Board and Batten wall trim throughout


7. Dart Board


8. Black Gloss Ceiling 


9. Convertible sofa or sofa bed
10. Move and re-felt the pool table
11. Finish attic space to act as storage and a fun secret hide-out
Eeek! See you next week, with what’s left of my sanity!
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