Painting the Guest Room Navy

Dutch Licorice. I’ve never tried the candy before, but I must say it is one heck of a pretty dark color. And it just so happens to be the navy paint color we chose for our guest room!

dutch-licorice-guest-roomLast we chatted about this space, we had the wood wall up (part 1 & part 2) and had chosen our favorite color out of 4 navy paint contenders. Today, let’s discuss how we got the color up and on the walls in this space.

valspar-paintI’ve painted lots of rooms in my 27 (almost 28!) years, and have always found painting to be kinda fun. In fact, in college I was a “maintenance worker” for our town and my friends and I would spend our days painting offices, rec centers, and other buildings in town. I wasn’t the best painter, but I learned a lot over those summer months.

Bridget, on the other hand, had never painted in her entire life! Which does seem kinda crazy, but her father is a professional painter so there’s never been a need for her to ever paint…because he was always willing & able to get the job done perfectly. So I think she was a little nervous/anxious about painting a room in my house. Luckily, she is a natural. She must get the painting gene from her dad.

Back to the painting. Here are the supplies we gathered before starting…

  • 2 gallons Valspar’s Dutch Licorice (Sheen: Eggshell)
  • Paint rollers & covers
  • Paint tray & tray inserts
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder
  • Paint Brushes (we love Purdy brushes. They’re the best!)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Small “hot dog roller” & cover

The first thing we did was remove all of the outlet covers. We recommend grabbing a ziploc baggie and throwing all of the covers and screws in there. That way you won’t lose them and they’ll be right on hand when you go to put the room back together.

taped-ceiling-paintingWith those off, we went around and started taping everything. Basically that meant the ceilings, baseboards, outlets, and around the window and doors. Because we were painting such a daaaaark color, we were both super nervous about paint bleeding through to the white ceiling or white trim. So we were very precise with our taping, and made sure to press it down tightly.

3M-painters-tapeOn the ceilings, we used this new Platinum painter’s tape from 3M. It’s a bit pricier than your regular painters tape, so we only got 1 roll of it. But because we didn’t want any bleed through on the ceilings…where it would be super noticeable and we would have to re-paint the entire ceiling white (ugh!), we decided to go with the good stuff. The tape reminded us of electrical tape, and was super strong.

taping-ceiling-3m-painters-tapeSo strong that the entire roll could hang from the ceiling…crazy right?!

Rookie Tip: Make sure your baseboards are clean before you apply the painter’s tape. If they’re dusty (I hate dusting…) then the paint won’t adhere and paint can bleed through to the other side.

With everything prepped, it was time to pop open that can of paint! I already shared our little time lapse video painting a portion of the room. Here it is again if you missed it.

You can see in the video, Bridget & I started on the wood wall and teamed up to get it done. We alternated with cutting into the corners, and using the small roller to cover the space in between all of the wood squares.


My mom then joined us in the afternoon and helped us paint the remainder of the room. Between the 3 of us, we knocked it out in just a couple of hours.paint-guest-room-one-coat

one-coat-painting-guest-roomThe first coat didn’t cover completely, but by the time we made our way around the entire room…the walls were dry and ready for their 2nd coat.

dutch-licorice-paintThat one did cover. In fact it covered really well! So much so that we didn’t even do a third coat of the paint.

Looking back at the painting process, I would have done a few things differently. First, I would have brought another ladder into the room. Bridget & my mom focused on the bottom portion of the walls, and I slowly made my way around the top. But because you have to get down and move the ladder so much, I was way behind them. So having 2 ladders would have made things go even faster!

Also, I wish I would have remembered to get one of these little paint holders that has a magnet to hold your brush. Much easier to use this instead of going up and down the ladder to get more paint.

The good thing about going so dark is that any areas that weren’t covered were very visible. So it was easy to touch-up small areas as we went. Sometimes it’s hard with light colors to know if you’ve covered an area well enough, but the Dutch Licorice made our job easy.

diy_wood_wall_painted_navy_progress_office2 coats, a couple of touch-ups, and a few hours later..the walls were dry to the touch! We cleaned up all of our supplies and left the room for the night to reaaaallly dry. Even though I desperately wanted to peel up the tape and get the room back in order, there was no way I was going to chance any wet paint from bleeding through on the ceiling or baseboard. So I shut the door and waited until morning.

At that time, I peeled off the painter’s tape (no bleed through!), put the outlet covers back on, and took in my new dark & moody space.

It went from this….guest-room-wood-wallto this…

dutch-licorice-paint-colorIn the span of 24 hours. Pretty crazy, right?!corner-guest-room-paint

paint-guest-room-closetTo say I love the new color would be an understatement. I’m honestly obsessed with it. I think it looks so good against the white doors and trim. Really makes the white pop!

dutch-licorice-paint-color-guest-room wood-wall-guest-room-paintingThe girl who was so afraid to make a bold move is now understanding why people paint their walls colors other than gray! Ha, who knew it would happen?!

wood-wall-guest-room-diy-dutch-licoricepainted-guest-room-closetWith the wood wall up and the room painted, it’s now time for new lighting. But that’s next week my friends! This guest room is really coming along…diy_wood_wall_tutorial






  • Erin

    huge fan of the navy!! i did do my living room accent wall navy, so i’m a fan!!! it’s just a different change from the gray!

    • Thanks so much Erin! I’m converted…loving the dark colors now.

  • Love how the color turned out! I’m SO excited for the final reveal of this room πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and somehow convinced myself you were sisters. I read Bridget’s dad was a painter, and was like, ummm, what?”. Anyway, the room looks great!

    • hahahaha that is HILARIOUS! Definitely not related, but as close as sisters πŸ™‚

  • Trang

    That is my biggest fear is bleed through at the ceiling! Having an old house and the bumpy wall texture, it’s such a challenge. I must try this new tap you speak of and see if it work for me as wonderfully as it did for you Casey. The room is lovely and yes, bold – I love it.

    • Thanks so much Trang! Yeah bleed through is the absolute worst…and it’s especially hard to avoid on a textured wall.

  • I am SO jealous of this. We painted our downstairs the lovely Passive as so often used and loved by you. But in addition to that, I painted 2 smaller accent walls Web Gray to give the downstairs more dimension. It looks amazing… but the BLEEDING! I thought we used good tape and we left it taped up for daaaaaays. I’m so disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do about it now. Bummer.

    That navy looks amazing. I am so impressed with you ladies – even more now that I’ve spent forever painting my house and dreaming of drowning in paint haha

    • Isn’t passive the best? Such a pretty color. I’m sure it looks gorgeous Kimi. Ughhh so sorry about the bleeding. Not fun at all!

  • Austin Schneider

    GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love just how CRISP it feels with the navy walls, the clean white trim, and the dark floors. Y’all did a fantastic paint job! Question: is there trim missing from around the door or is that just what it looks like from the inside?

    • Thanks so much Austin! So that is actually the closet door without the trim. The door to the room does have trim. I never actually really noticed it, but now with the new color it is soooo noticeable! I’m thinking about DIY’ing some crown molding in our bedroom, so maybe I’ll finish off the closet door at that time too.

  • It’s gorgeous!! I love it, and can’t believe how big it makes the space look. Can’t wait to see how you style the room πŸ™‚

    • I was so worried it would make it look teeny tiny…but so happy that it actually looks pretty spacious with the new color!

  • shawnna griffin

    This looks amazing! great job!

  • WOW – It looks amazing girls! And I love that color. I was going to use Hale Navy on our front door, but I might have to give this one a shot too! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Shelby! And a new door color? Love it! So exciting.

  • Kara D

    Amazing! So glad you picked the right color and that you’ve broken out of the “gray-zone” (not that it was a bad place to be! I still love all the grays!) Looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to come together!

  • This is amazing!! Love how the white trim pops with the dark walls! Looking forward to seeing how you style it!

  • BSantos

    Beautiful!!! Seriously re-thinking my colour scheme for my new home… Thanks to you!
    Love your blog, by the way.

    Greets from the Netherlands!

  • Alycia Poloni

    Hi there! LOVE the blue! I’m thinking about painting my master bedroom a bold color like this on 3 of the walls with a brick accent on the 4th wall but to be honest I’m scared! I feel like the typical thought about dark colors is it makes a room look smaller, did you experience that with this room? Also good tips on keeping it from bleeding through, I’m also nervous about getting it on my trim or ceiling and with a dark color it seems like it’d be obvious. Hoping I can get the courage up to actually do it!!

    • I say go for it Alycia! This room is really small, but it didn’t make it feel any smaller. If anything it’s just more moody & regal! Love it. I say go for it.