Hello everyone, I’m just so glad it’s Friday! Announcing the winner of last week’s Shutterfly Giveaway, here are the four winners: #6 Barbara Brooks; #115 Laura Sharbaugh; #395 Rebecca Kavan; and #421 Sarah Davenport. Congratulations!
This past Monday evening, I was honored to attend a very cool event in New York City sponsored by Lowe’s, showcasing their line of Hi-Def paints in Valspar’s signature colors.
The evening’s event began in this very cool downtown modern all white loft space brightened with splashes of Valspar paint samples all over the walls.
We were invited to mix and mingle with the other 30 bloggers invited, and greeting us were new quarts of fresh paint and paintbrushes for the upcoming challenges. To me, paint always represents new beginnings and the ability to reveal hidden potential in just about anything.
The always inspirational Nate Berkus was our host, together with Lowe’s. He spoke about the power of color, and how paint is simply the easiest way for anyone to transform their space into one they will love (so true!).
Nate spoke about the fact that whenever he seeks color inspiration, he turns to three sources: nature, fashion, and the exotic places he’s traveled. I love that. Color inspiration is everywhere, if we open our eyes to witness it, study it, and use that inspiration in our own homes.
Nate took a minute to chat, and snap a pic with me and blog buddy Melissa.
Working with Valspar paints was great fun ~ give me a gallon of colorful paint and I’m a happy girl! I’m a fan of Valspar having recently used this paint in my little boy’s room, and their Hi-Def is one of the few brands that covers in one coat.
Melissa and I played along in one of the Lowe’s challenges, but we started early. We were given 30 minutes to use the Valspar paints to turn a piece into something cool, so I opted for a two color chevron pattern. While the others nibbled on the crudité, we sneaked over to the challenge and started on the first coat of paint!
I painted the top and the door first, waited for it to dry, then taped the top off with painter’s tape and used a tip from this article for painting perfect stripes to get that exact chevron pattern on top by painting over the tape with the first color. It worked!
Due to the time crunch, I didn’t think about painting the hinges, (duh) but both Melissa and Nate agreed the hinges definitely needed to be painted, so to save face, I had to go back and paint them *hanging head in shame* The little cabinet turned out a little more funky than planned but at least I got that pattern straight! Nate played judge and we won the ‘Creative Use of Color’ challenge!
As a result, both Melissa and I snagged a $250 Gift Card to Lowe’s, and we’re passing it on to one of YOU! Yep, I’m giving away my $250 gift card to Lowe’s and let me tell ya, it sure is burning a hole in my handbag.
Eligibility to win the $250 Lowe’s Gift Card:
1) Leave a comment telling me what you’d do with a $250 gift card from Lowe’s.
2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, and leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).
One winner, US and Canada only. Winner chosen by Random.org. Giveaway ends Monday May 16th at 10 p.m. PST
Want another chance to win?
Hop on over to the The Inspired Room to enter Melissa’s giveaway too!
The event was fantastic opportunity to sample Valspar’s paints in their signature colors, and I’m so very grateful for the invitation! Thanks so much to Lowe’s for sponsoring this very fun gathering and to Nate, for always being such an inspirational designer and speaker!
Good luck to you in the gift card giveaway . . .
Wishing you a fantastic weekend!