I finally completed a project several months in the making. Thank you to Behr for supplying the paint to aid in the creating of a home gallery wall.
When my husband and I were first married, only one word described our decorating philosophy: cheap. We had no idea what we were doing or what products to use. We definitely skimped on paint. We painted every room in our house with inexpensive flat paint except for the bathrooms. No one told us that flat paint wasn’t washable or how badly scuffs would glare.
Fast forward twelve years and four kids. The triplet play Star Wars with their light sabers bumping up against the wall. One son plays an amazingly violent game with Potato Heads against the hallway wall. These rough and tumble games have wreaked havoc on my hallway walls. The scuffs are abundant, and even Mr. Clean Magic Eraser couldn’t help me here.
After our first family photos last fall, I wanted to display them in the hallway and create a home gallery wall. The hallway desperately needed a new coat of paint before hanging my new canvases. I talked to a few friends who had painted their homes recently, and they all recommended Behr paint.
I didn’t want to make the same mistake with choosing the incorrect paint finish. I researched what sort of paint to use with small kids in the home, and here are a few tips if you are in the same boat.
-Minimize painting time by choosing a paint with a primer + paint in one can. I made the mistake in my children’s bathroom of not doing this. It took me six coats of paint to cover the old color. Ugh! Mama doesn’t have time for that! For the gallery wall hallway, I used Behr Marquee I did one main coat and then simply touched up a few spotty areas that I accidentally missed. My kids went to a play date at Nana’s house, and they came home three hours later to a painted hallway.
-Pick a finish that is durable to scuffs. Only a week after painting, one of the boys had a light saber mishap against my newly painted wall. The old paint would have scuffed or maybe even chipped. This paint did neither. The Behr Marquee Interior Eggshell Enamel has advanced stain blocking that helps with scuffs.
-Choose a light color to open up smaller rooms. My hallway is long but narrow, and I went with Cameo White shade to lighten the area.
You may see the color difference between the old paint and the new here in this photo, as well as how great the Behr Marquee covered with one coat.
-Pick a paint that is cleanable. Flat, cheap paint isn’t scrubbable. I’ve already had to put the Behr Marquee wall to the test, and I easily removed the ink pen marks.
To complete the gallery wall, I added canvas prints from our most recent family photos.
I searched for the perfect sign for the wall and couldn’t find anything that I liked 100%. So I made my own. Come back on Monday for the full tutorial on how I created this “Family” sign.
Do you have a family gallery wall in your home?