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Color With Confidence — a DIY Challenge with Lowes, Valspar + Pantone!

hello NYC

A couple weeks ago I had the FUN opportunity to travel to New York City – one of my favorite places. I lived in upstate NY and CT in my teenage years, so NYC has always held a special place in my heart.

pantone color of the year

Ever since I can remember I anticipate Pantone’s “Color of the Year”. So when I was asked to attend an event put on by Lowes, Valspar AND Pantone – I was super thrilled and excited. The first day Letrise Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Elaine Griffin (amazing NYC interior designer), and fabulous designer Nanette Lepore told us all about color from their different perspectives.

pantone ladies

Photo: Pantone FB Page

pantone color trends spring 2013

We were also lucky enough to preview Pantone’s NEW paint line is coming to Lowes!! Pantone,  the world’s color authority, has teamed up with Valspar to create Pantone Universe Paint Collection and it’s available exclusively at Lowe’s. The paint colors are gorgeous — super saturated and RICH colors.

pantone universe colors

Aren’t those colors yummy??  

pantone universe paint

Here I am with my color picks from the new Pantone Lowes Colors.

my pantone colors

We also had some hands-on classes. I thought I knew pretty much everything about painting, but I learned several new tips!!

10 diy painting tips

Ten DIY Painting Tips: 

  • Prep – Never use plastic sheets to protect your floor, use dropcloths instead. Plastic doesn’t let the paint absorb and you will end up tracking the paint all over. Always use painter’s tape to mask off areas and use the handle of a paintbrush to “seal” the tape.
  • Be sure to “cut in” first — apply paint to the sides and edges of the wall before you start painting the middle.
  • To maintain an even coat, always maintain a wet edge- which means new paint should be applied next to a wet edge.
  • Paint in 4×4 sections. 
  • Use a “W” shape when painting and then fill in the edges. 
  • Don’t skimp on paint, load up the roller. This will save you time later when you won’t have to apply a second coat.
  • To avoid paint dripping on the walls, roll the loaded roller on a piece of cardboard each time to even out the paint on the roller.
  • To maintain an even look, “strike” each section by going over the paint in long even strokes from the top to the bottom of the wall.
  • Remove the painter’s tape before the paint dries to avoid peeling any dry paint off and to maintain a perfect edge.
  • Clean up — Use a roller scraper to get paint off the roller. To avoid paint drying in the lip of the can, pound small nails through the lip so the paint will drain through. Put a layer of plastic wrap in between the paint can and lid – this will keep the paint from drying out until you use it again. Rinse out the paint brush and roller to use again. Keep the paint brush in the original packaging to maintain the shape of the brush.
  • Store paint in a cool dry place. 

There were many things I didn’t know or I was doing wrong. Whoops!! 

the venue photo edelman
photo: Edelman

Then the next day, Saturday, we began the challenge. We were able to go to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and pick out a piece to paint with one of Lowe’s new PANTONE colors. How fun is that??

hells kitchen flea market

I picked out this tea table with a tray that fits on top. You can take the tray off, fix tea and then bring it in and it fits right on top of the table. The reason I picked this piece was I loved the oval shape, the detailed feet and the little round ball details around the top of the piece. I thought it would be so pretty painted.

We took our finds back to the Pantone space and got right to work painting up a storm.

yellow cabinet before and after

Of course, I painted the piece yellow to go in my little 1905 Cottage I am renovating. I love the bright POP of color it adds to the entryway!!

painted yellow cabinet at tatertots and jello

painted yellow table at tatertots and jello

I was really impressed with the quality of the paint. All of the colors are super vibrant and saturated. I have a few places that need a little touching up, and I plan to paint the inside white and wallpaper the bottom of the shelf. I think it’s going to be so pretty!

pantone blogging event

It was also so fun to meet the other bloggers who attended this event:
Design Crush
A Dose of Delightful
Casa Diseno
House Beautiful
Country Living



Do YOU have any painting tips you can share?? 

Let us know in the comments!! 


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PS — I have a really fun giveaway from Lowes and Pantone coming up tonight with my Weekend Wrap Up Party. I hope you can stop by for the fun!! 

Disclosures: Travel and hotel in NYC provided by Pantone and Valspar. All opinions are 100% my own.

I linked this up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party – be sure to check it out!


  1. It was such a pleasure to meet with you and the other bloggers. It has been several weeks of travel for me and I am just getting an opportunity to stop and visit your blog. The yellow makes that tea table a great focal point. Job well done! I look forward to seeing what fun projects you are working on. Lee

  2. Always paint barefoot, because you’ll know if you stepped in wet paint and you won’t track it all over the house when you leave the room.

  3. Kimber Gill says:

    Love that!! Where is your lamp shade from?! It’s adorable!

  4. So cool!!! What an amazing opportunity!!! My dad just had his interior flawlessly repainted, and my son was enthralled watching the painters, and I can tell you that they did all of the things on your tip list! I especially noticed the “cutting it” and the sealing the tape edge and taking it off while it was still wet. Of course, I have never painted a room (true story….we’ve been in apartments and not allowed to), but I am going to soon b/c my dad agreed to letting me do fun redos of my kids’ rooms! :) I LOVE your table!! What an amazing find! And a GREAT color! I am dying to see your cottage in person!!!!

  5. This is so gorgeous Jen! I am so tempted to paint a piece of furniture yellow….I just have to make up my mind what piece! Lol! Angie xo

  6. That sounds like such fun! Thanks for the paint tips and I love the piece you found at the Flea market – I am on the hunt for a piece similar to paint!

  7. OMG what fun! I have been a Valspar hoarder lately. I am doing a lot of painting in my house so Lowes and Valspar have been getting a lot of my money. I love the table! Can’t wait to see the giveaway tonight.

  8. I adore that table!!! The oval shape is so fun! Excited to see it with the wallpaper & white on the inside!
    Thanks for all the painting tips…I learned a lot! Man I was missing the boat on quite a few things!

  9. I’ve been doing a LOT of painting lately on my new house. The biggest thing I have learned so well is to definitely spend the time on the prep work. It’s so important to spackle and sand down any imperfections on the ceilings and walls before painting. I learned the hard way with the first coat on my ceiling but now the ceiling and walls are all set to look beautiful! Just need to get the paint on them… :)

  10. Jill Davis says:

    Jen – Enjoyed meeting you and LOVE your piece! Turned out fantastic!

  11. I love this whole thing Jen! The colors are fabulous. The trip looked like a blast. And I’ll be using those tips for sure. Thanks! xo

  12. Looks like a blast! Your table turned out gorgeous!

  13. That sounds like so much fun! I love what you did with the table. My only tip is to prime with black before painting with red. Red can take multiple coats if it’s painted over a light color.

  14. How fun! The table is DARLING!

  15. kristinfrombliss says:

    That’s so AMAZING Jen!! What a cool thing to attend! I always look forward to Pantone’s color announcements! So fun! xo Kristin


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