Sneak Peek into a DIY

Today is a sneak peak into a post I have for Sherwin Williams National Painting Week next Friday. Yes, next week you have to paint something in your house — it’s required by law. By the way, did anyone catch the National Sibling Day hype yesterday? Geez, nobody told me. With five siblings I could have killed it.

I’m not gonna show you what I’m going to do but it involves this color:

Sherwin williams positive red

Positive Red

Also accented by Begonia and Hopeful. You know what job I would never want? Naming paint colors. These names are GREAT, actually, but one time I had to convince a client to use “Elephant’s Breath” and no matter how much we loved the color on the wall, Elephant’s Breath is decidedly not a instinctively beautiful thing. They should have at least called it Baby Elephant’s Breath.

Anyway, Sherwin Williams asked me and like 13 other design bloggers (my favorite lineup, actually) to participate in National Painting Week and paint something. I was assigned red/pink, which is bold, but not scary.

So mark on your calendars next Friday, and I’ll reveal the project … and of course I styled it two different ways to show how you can really change the vibe of a piece by how you style it.

But most importantly, who are you wearing for National Painting Week?

  1. Courtney

    Our dining room is Elephants Breath! Not gonna lie, the name is partly why I chose it :-)

  2. I actually used to name paint colours when I was a designer for a interiors magazine put out by a paint company in Europe. I was soooo psyched when it first came up and I actually held ‘elephants breath’ in high esteem (farrow and ball all the way). What I hadn’t counted on was that there would be approximately 9 billion shades of white and you couldn’t reuse any that had been used before. So you’re thinking, okay, ‘ghost, cotton, marshmallow’ (not as my first pass but maybe by my fourth round) to find out they were already taken. Are you kidding me?! I was so excited about potentially naming something that had to do with mermaid or lagoon, but you know I can’t even remember if my ‘dream’ came true. Spreadsheets of names killed it in the end for me. Thank heavens for the ‘search and find’ option.

    Excited about the colour and what you do with it!

  3. Haha! I also missed all the National Sibling Day excitement! I’ve got two and tons of great pictures I could have shared. Oh well, I’ll have to bookmark it for next year.

  4. Love that color! Can’t wait to see what you do with it; I’m sure it will be fabulous. And yes, I had no idea about National Sibling Day until I got on Facebook and Instagram–then I quickly realized it’s apparently a really big deal. Who knew?

  5. I feel like every day is some sort of national “day.” I think I read that today is National Grilled Cheese Day (which is pretty amazing) Can’t wait to see what you do with that gorgeous color!

      • Holly

        Oops, I mean it’s Grilled Cheese Day on the 20th… I’m already there in my head.

  6. I love that color! I have something that I’ve been wanting to paint…would be fun/inspire me to get it done if one of you lovely bloggers did a link up or something!

  7. Elise

    I hope that by National Painting Day it will be warm enough to actually paint something outside. They may have to cancel the Twins baseball game here today because there is too much snow on the field. I have so many pieces of furniture to paint! And no where to do it!!

  8. Holly

    Maybe this will motivate me to tackle my front door… finally. Can’t wait to see what you paint red… the whole town? :)

  9. Sherwin Williams has this whole week marked for the national holiday–maybe that will motivate my DH! :-) Mark my words, I’m guessing you’ll paint a chair Emily.

  10. Maran

    The milk from my cereal about came out my nose when I read the part about the paint at least being called “Baby Elephant’s Breath”! Bahahah!!! I have been your fan since I saw ya on Design Star – you’ve got style for miles and are just so freakin’ funny.

    Thanks for all the stuff you make beautiful. And for keeping it hilarious in the process!

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