Bonus Room Painting & A Giveaway to Help You Paint


This room makeover is creeping along. By the time it’s done, Ty Pennington will have worn out 39 buses (busi?) with his one week makeovers. My kids will be so old they won’t even be able to get their walkers and grandchildren up the stairs to come up to this room. Chevron will be back in style.

Finally. FINALLY this room is painted!!!

And our boys painted it!

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You can see in the second picture, the wall went from a flat, dirty, thin coat of builder’s pinky beige to fresh white. The oldest used a new to us painting contraption called the PaintStick to paint the ceiling and walls. It’s sucking up paint in the first photo there, then he just starts rolling the paint on and twists the pole as he goes to feed it more paint. We didn’t even need a roller tray. My boys all fought over who got to use the special PaintStick. That was a great problem to have. Plus, it worked especially well for such an odd-shaped room where we needed to paint the ceiling, slanted walls and knee walls. We were all dreading painting this room.

pink to white

Here’s a before and after of the paint. Trust me, it makes the biggest difference EVER. I’m always surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do. I used my favorite white “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore. This time I color matched it to Behr Paint and Primer in One in an eggshell finish. I started using white a few years ago because we are renting and I want the owners to be happy with the color but now, I love the color too, I predict our next home will have many a Simply White walls.


We still need a bookshelf. And I’ve decided to be simple and not do anything to those windows. For now, (famous last words) I’m keeping the chairs and ottomans. Although that is really just a holding area for them. No one would ever sit back there. Also, those lines on the wall are not some kind of weird paint pattern, it’s just the reflection from the blinds on the window across the room on the left.


Oh dear goodness. This is where we hide stuff until we get the bookshelf. Don’t look back there.


Even though it’s a work in progress, we don’t have the luxury of closing off this room until we have a grand reveal. It’s used every day for homeschool and movie watching and I’m pretty sure the dog thinks it’s his room. You can see the beginnings of a gallery wall over the blue sofa. I’m waiting for a few gallery wrapped canvases (canvi?) from Unitprints and them I’m off!


I really wanted a larger Expedit here but I don’t think it will fit, although I haven’t even measured. We have the smaller one downstairs, so I may consider that. I also need to get one of those rug gripper things.



I only wish I would have painted the room months ago. What too me so long? Actually, like I said, the boys painted most of it and because they thought it was fun, they are already asking which room they get to paint next. Win!

Want your children to beg you to let them paint the walls? I contacted the PaintStick people and they are giving away four PaintSticks EZ-Twist Paint Rollers (the kind my boys used) here at Nesting Place. Leave a comment telling me what room is on your “next room to paint list” to enter to win.

*giveaway open to US and Canada

**The PaintStick folks sent me the EZ twist to review. I told them that I don’t really do reviews but if I liked it I might mention it. I liked it so much that I asked them if they’d do a giveaway and sponsor this post.  Oftentimes, I’ll accept small items to try out, usually, I don’t like them because I’m an old man and picky so, you never hear about them.

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Winners announced here.

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  1. I have a gallon of paint sitting in my dining room and waiting for someone to get the urge to put it on the walls. After that is my daughter’s old room with 98, yes that’s 98, nail holes that need to be patched before the room can be painted. PaintStick sounds too good to be true.

  2. I purchased a gallon of paint last night to start my next project which is the den/family room.

  3. All of my rooms need painted. We move into our new place next week!

  4. i think my daughter’s room is next on the paint list

  5. Betty Baez says:

    my entire house lol starting with my bedroom i dont like the blah cream color

  6. My lovely wood paneled basement!

  7. My living room desperately needs a new, lighter color. it is WAY too dark but it has a ceiling that is continuous with three other rooms. Once I start, I have to paint the ceiling on almost the entire main floor. This would be a lifesaver!

  8. well my living room reeeally needs a paint job as it hasn’t been painted since we bought our house 14-ish yrs ago! its a very pale yellow & its looking very old! BUT its our youngest son’s room that I want to tackle next. He’s 2.5yrs & poor guy has pretty teal walls with a pink & teal border yikes! When our addition was finished we switched around all the kids bedrooms & he moved into his sister’s old room. I still have yet to decide on a colour scheme, but it will something with blue.
    thanks for the chance to win :)

  9. Our playroom is in desperate need of a facelift!

  10. I’ll be painting either a bathroom or guest/music room. I have spare cans of paint…just need motivation and time to get it done. :)

  11. I want to paint my dining room and guest room and guest bath and living room! The living room involves the entryway, stairs and upstairs hall! Whew! That paintstick would probably motivate me to get started. ;)

  12. My next room in our dining room, which is the den transformed into the dining room. I was wanting a large table to seat everyone, so we switched, got a farmhouse table, now there’s lots of painting to do in there.

  13. The Living Room is the original color from 1910. What am I waiting for??
    Thank you for this blog you inspire me all the time!!!

  14. The only room in the house that hasn’t been painted since 1996 is the master bedroom and bath. Love your blog!

  15. We have a stairwell that is in desperate need of a new coat of paint – the Paintstick might just be the right tool!

  16. My bedroom is the next room I need to paint. My husband hates painting (mostly the cleanup) and if this thing works, I bet he wouldn’t mind so much. And then let me paint more rooms!

  17. I’m not entering the giveaway (I live in a rental and can’t paint!) but I’m just stopping by to say I love white walls. They’re so fresh and you can add colour in lots of different ways through furniture and accessories. Plus, there’s no hassle of re-painting if you hate the colour or want to change the rest of the scheme. Bonus.

  18. Samantha says:

    OK, as a homeschooler, I saw those chairs and ottomans back in the dormers and got excited. I could totally use two spots like that to stick kids who need to sit and read and have fewer distractions. Call them reading nooks and keep them there! :-) And if I had those dormers but didn’t want to keep the chairs and ottomans there, I would put little writing tables in there and still use them as quiet spots to get work done. It’s probably my sardine syndrome talking. I’m homeschooling 3 kids in a house with NO storage and I feel surrounded by all of our stuff and I feel like we’re on top of each other when we do school.

  19. I need to paint so many rooms in my house, but the next one will probably be our “playroom- that’s getting ready to transform itself into a family room.” Can’t wait!

  20. OMGosh … what a time saver one of these would be: we have cove ceilings — they are walls that curve before coming to the top — no square finished walls for us here in our living and dining room … we tried to separate the ceiling paint from the wall paint by painting below the cove, but … it just didn’t work out …. PLUS … i have a brick fireplace to paint and this little, handy-dandy tool will more than work for us ….

    so, i would love to win one of these; it would come in sooo handy — we have been putting off painting for a year or more b/c of the danged cove …….. love your blog and read it daily …… darlene

  21. How about every room of this house? I’ve been here for eight years, and it’s been a work in progress the whole time. Additionally, in case that wasn’t quite enough, my eighty year old grandmother asked me to paint her house inside and out this summer. I may wear out the tool by the end of the first week.

    Ok, I would love the chance to wear it out!

    Thanks for hosting a give away that also includes Canadian readers.


  22. The entire house here is on the to-do list! ;)

  23. I want to paint out “guest” room (guests don’t really stay there because it is a catch all for old crap and my half finished projects) and move my two boys (4 and 6) in there to sleep and switch the guest room to their room. I would LOVE to try one of those sticks!!

  24. Gotta paint my master bedroom. It’s been 8 years of dingy white.

  25. My master bathroom! I painted the master bedroom over a year ago…and the ensuite bathroom is begging to be painted in a coordinating colour this summer! :)

  26. My entryway needs a new color. It’s been a dark red for much too long. Time to lighten up!

  27. Holly Kolvig says:

    @Nesting Place- when is the giveaway happening? I re-read it and might have missed it, but I didn’t see a date. ????

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