We have been painting like crazy here and have made mountains of progress here in our upstairs hallway. This is our new color (Spare White by Sherwin Williams but bought in Behr) and we are flippin' happy with the light airy direction we are going in (the door trims need painting but I didn't want to wait to share).
Here is what it looked like up here a few months ago. I called it the cave. The tan paint wasn't a bad color but there was no natural light in this area so it was much too dark. Add the bookshelves, which only narrowed the hallway (supposed to be temporary but I think they've been there forever), and it just felt tight and dark up here.
This past spring we finally had some extra money (yay for money!) so I had a solar tube installed in the hallway (see top picture), right over the stairway (by this guy, whom I highly recommend if you live in the Phoenix area). That might be the best 600.00 we've ever spent on a house project. Finally some light up here!
Only now I could see just how shabby our walls had become since I'd painted them about 8 years ago.
I did a little research and ended up buying a nifty power painter and quickly started kicking myself for not buying one years ago. I'm always painting something and I find myself putting off projects because I know how much labor is involved. Joey loaded up this sprayer and had a quick layer on the walls within 2 hours. I had him spray two more layers over the Fourth of July weekend and it looks top notch beautiful upstairs now. And I didn't do any of it, Joey did it all!
The paint I got was Behr Ultra (with primer) at Home Depot and I asked them to mix Sherwin Williams Spare White. I'm sorry but I really like Behr and it's so much less expensive than Sherwin Williams (which is nice paint too, just not amazing enough for me to justify the cost). It was 152.00 for 5 gallons but, as with all holiday weekends, Home Depot had a 20.00 rebate offer. The Power Painter (by Wagner) was 99.00 and we are very happy with it. Plus we got a can of Rust-Oleum Hammered Black spray paint for the doorknobs and light fixture.
I picked the Spare White paint because it was the next lightest shade up from our lovely Sea Salt color downstairs. I normally don't go that light with paint but the goal was to completely brighten the upstairs hallway and it worked (floors next!).