I present to you, our army green guest bathroom!
The exact color is Basque Green from Sherwin Williams and it was mixed in their line of HGTV Home's semi-gloss paint.
It's amazing and I looovvveee it!
I looked at and even sampled several different army/olive greens before deciding on this one.
I was really worried that the room would feel like a cave after it was painted but it doesn't at all which I'm so thankful for because I didn't want to repaint it haha
I can't explain how it looks in person but it's delicious! It's kind of dark and sexy in a weird way haha
My boyfriend even loves it which is fantastic because he looked at me like I had grown 3 heads when I told him my plans and when he saw the samples!
Here's an accurate representation of how dark it actually is next to our shower surround:
I was really worried it was going to look more like pea soup after I had cut in and was starting the first coat:
It may have been the lights or the light paint color showing through but it was also looking very grass green in some places in the beginning.
Like all of the samples? I had a hard time picking this color. Turns out greens are just as hard to pick as grays and whites are!
I didn't have a hard time painting though because I recently partnered with Wagner and they sent me their SMART Mini Roller to get the job done!
One thing I really liked about the tool was the fact that the instructions were right on the handle! How smart is that?! I don't know about you but I'm forgetful. I can never find where I put instructions to things and half of the time I end up throwing them out on accident so I can see this little sticker being very handy in the future!
I started using the SMART Mini Roller by twisting the top roller portion off of the bottom handle part so I could get ready to fill it with paint.
This little adaptor makes the filling process so easy!
All you have to do is twist it into the top of the handle like so:
This releases the handle pull at the bottom (seen above) and basically turns the roller into a giant paint syringe.
To fill the roller with paint, you insert the fill adaptor into your gallon (or quart or pint) of paint:
Then you pull on the handle and watch the tube start to fill up!
When the tube is full (you'll know it's full when you can no longer pull on the handle), you remove the fill adaptor from the paint.
NOTE: see how I got paint on the angled black piece of the tool? You're not supposed to insert the fill adaptor that far into the paint! In my defense, I was working alone so I was trying to fill the mini roller while also taking progress photos and I accidentally dipped the tool too far into the paint. Whoops!
Anyway, after you remove the fill adaptor from the paint, you carefully turn the mini roller right side up so the adaptor is back at the top. Then you twist the fill adaptor off, remove it from the mini roller, and clean it up for your next use. Make sure you don't drip paint everywhere like I did! Well actually, make sure you don't dip it too far into your paint first and then you shouldn't have this problem ;)
After the mini roller was full of paint, I twisted the roller back in place and got to work!
To get the paint onto the roller, you simply squeeze the black handle grip seen above until paint starts to come through like so:
Once your roller is loaded with paint, you can start painting!
Instead of having to make multiple trips to the paint tray, you simply give the handle a squeeze or two when your roller starts to run dry and continue painting. The handle won't allow you to squeeze it anymore when you run out of paint so you know it's refill time.
The entire first coat of paint took 3 mini roller refills and saved me so much time because I wasn't having to constantly go up and down the ladder to refill my roller.
Why does the first coat of paint always look so awful? Yuck!
Anyway, after the first coat was dry, I started my second coat. I did things differently the second time around by focusing on one section at a time. I cut in as I went instead of cutting in the entire room first and then rolling the entire room second.
I didn't have to do a full third coat but I did have to go over a few areas because the original white paint was still showing through. I don't think that's the mini roller's fault though because I had the same issue when we painted our office and powder room. I think it's our textured walls that makes it hard to get paint in all the nooks and crannies.
I let everything dry for 24 hours before removing the tape and doing touch ups.
We haven't brought anything back into the room yet but here's a few before and after's of the paint change:
I really, really love this color. Have I mentioned that yet? ;)
So good! So green!
What do you think of our army green guest bathroom? Have you ever used a paint tool like Wagner's before?