I can’t believe we are finally here. I remember the day we talked about doing this addition like it was yesterday. I had just found out I was pregnant and I looked at Craig and said, we should turn the garage into a master bedroom. His reply, “I’ve been saying that since we bought this place.” So we were on the same page, haha. The reality is our garage was just storage and our yard in the back is big enough for a shed to hold tools, bikes, etc. I’ll get a bit more into the process in another post, today I want to talk about what we chose for paint and primer. Craig has worked in almost every aspect of construction and if there’s anyone who knows the importance of painting – both the process and the product, it’s him. For years we’ve used KILZ as a primer, including in our existing master bathroom and on the exterior of the house, but we’ve never used their paint before.
We teamed up with KILZ to use their KILZ 3® Premium Interior and Exterior Primer in the new master bedroom and bathroom. It’s fast drying, low odor, very low VOC, and water-based which makes it ideal for our humid and wet climate. It’s also mildew resistant so ideal for a bathroom setting. It dries so quickly we were able to prime and paint the entire space in four days. The nice thing about the primer is you only need to do one coat of paint afterwards.
For paint colors we wanted to do a warm and neutral white. In the bathroom we went with KILZ Complete Coat® Himalaya in Satin. It’s a gorgeous creamy warm white. We wanted a slightly more neutral color in the bedroom. Our goal was a barely there tan/white. So we mixed Himalaya with White Wing and it came out to the perfect color (we did a 1:1 ratio). We decided to do the walls, trim and doors all in the same color. Wait what? Yes, probably not a traditional choice, but our whole goal with this space was to make it feel bright and open, and I actually love that everything is the same color and finish.
Craig did a lot of the hard work when he plastered the walls, so there was minimal sanding and prep work before painting. The great thing about KILZ 3® Premium Primer is it will help cover any imperfections you’re dealing with and reduce the number of coats you need to do afterwards. Here’s what we used:
- KILZ 3® Premium Primer (to prime walls, trim, doors and ceiling in bedroom and bathroom)
- KILZ Complete Coat® in Himalaya on walls, trim and doors in bathroom
- KILZ Complete Coat® in White Wing mixed 1:1 Himalaya on walls, trim and doors in bedroom
- Sandpaper (for sanding trim and walls)
- Paint brushes, paint trays and rollers (small and large)
I love how this space turned out and the calming look and feel of these creamy neutral paint colors. What do you guys think?