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Color + Texture = Happiness | Taking the Leap and Learning As I Go

I absolutely love rich hues in my home. I am not sure what it is, but it just screams "welcome, please come in and stay for a while." I shop the home improvement stores quite a bit and I always take a trip through the paint area to see if they have any "oops" paints for sale. This past week I came across couple of cans that I decided to purchase at the Home Depot. I pretty purple color for Peyton's room ($9 for a gallon) and a nice blue color ($7 for a gallon) that I am not sure what I am going to do with yet...maybe my bathroom or bedroom.

Those purchases really got my excited to start putting some color on the walls. I had already picked out a color scheme for my dining room and since it is the first room anyone sees when they walk in, I thought it would be the perfect place to start. So, a trip to Lowes to pick up a gallon of Valspar Signature Colors Sandstone paint in Cottage Red. This product is both fabulous and really tricky to work with due to the gritty nature of the sandstone so you have to be committed to taking your time and yet being timely.

Valspar Sandstone Cottage Red

Valspar Sandstone Cottage Red

Valspar Sandstone Cottage Red


  1. Valspar Signature Colors Sandstone paint
  2. Highly-Quality Paint Brush (I like Purdy)
  3. Frog Tape 
  4. Drop Cloth


Step 1: With your Frog Tape, begin by taping off any trim around the bottom of the room, around doors, windows and the ceiling. I grew up with a father who built custom homes and he taught us to cut in by hand on the ceiling, so I don't tape this area but it really depends on your comfort level. I have used probably every product there is to tape a room for painting and Frog Tape is by far my favorite.

Step 2: Open your paint and begin by cutting in a 3-inch border around the ceiling, floor, trim edges and corners working in 3- to 4-foot sections. Because of the type of paint you are working with, you need to work in small sections at a time.

Step 3: Valspar recommends to use a roller to apply the Sandstone in a large "W" pattern and filling in the area around where you have just cut. I found this to leave marks the first time I used this product (10+ years ago), so this time I painted the entire room using a paint brush creating small "X" patterns.

Step 4: Move on to next section and follow Steps 2 and 3 until you have made it around the entire area. You may need to wash out your brush a few times throughout this process as it quickly fills up with grit.

Step 5: Apply a second coat, as needed.

Once I was finished, my room had a lovely almost suede texture, as you can see from the pictures. I love the warmth and depth that it adds to the room. Once I was done with the painting and rehung my photos only to realize the frames don't match. So, I will post an update on what those look like as well as a few other small DIY projects I have in mind for this room once they are complete.