Dashes, Risk and Imperfection

master bedroom wall diy

I put dashes on our bedroom wall.

bedroom walls

If you’ve been around here for long you know I’ve been in a white phase. After having all sorts of pretty colored walls, and patterned drapes and hanging out on pinterest I just needed a break and white seemed like a logical answer. So I painted lots of walls in our last house white, and this new little house has gone white too. But our bedroom gets so much natural light that I painted one wall a dark grey “peppercorn” by Sherwin Williams.

sunburst mirror

It’s a beautiful gray and cozified our room, but now the space between the top of the bed and the ceiling is really defined and I couldn’t find anything I liked to hang on the short wall space that didn’t compete with our round ceiling light. {Sidenote, ceiling light has yet to work in this house, such is life}.


The book page wreath looks ok in the picture but I didn’t like it there in real life. And I really wanted Chad to be able to keep the little cabinet, that was another piece of competition for whatever went over the bed.


Love the monogram, don’t like it over the bed.


So one Sunday afternoon, on a whim, I pulled out a little can of white paint, a tiny paintbrush and took 20 minutes and dashed all over the wall. If I hated it, it was just one wall, I could paint over it any color I want, right?

white dash wall

It was just the playful feel I wanted, it filled the space, and I didn’t have to find the perfect object to hang over our bed. There are still a million things I’d do if I had all the time and money in the world, like paint the cabinet a non-yellowy color and try to make the stuff on the walls on each side of the bed more balanced, but the dashes put all of that in perspective and suddenly those things don’t matter as much because oh my gosh, we have dashes on the wall!

They are like a hundred arrows pointing away from all that is wrong in our room.

dashed wall

This post is not about me telling you that I think you should dash your walls. And that they are the new style and that you should love them.

This post isn’t about dashed walls at all.

This post is about me reminding myself (and you?) that they are just walls. And they are there to serve me and my family. It’s okay to take a risk and try something, even something I might get tired of and hate.

I can’t think of a better place to take a chance than in the safety of my own home.

I want my boys to grow up in a house where they see a mom not afraid to do something as silly as paint a wall a little crazy. Because all good things in life involve a little risk.

Risk. Take some and pass it on.





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