BEHR Designing My Way Bathroom Update

June 17, 2016

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This past winter we (and by we I mean my husband mostly) finished our basement. It was time to have a space that could be more recreational and a place other than the floor in our family room for all the toys.

Part of the project was finishing the basement bathroom which has turned into my favourite bathroom in the entire house. I think this is because it the one bathroom that we designed ourselves and is really true to our own aesthetic.

We repurposed an old entertainment unit that we bought for our first house as part of bathroom storage. The dark wood colour really didn’t go with the clean white and grey colour pallet of the bathroom so when Behr asked me to be part of their DIY project I knew that I wanted to paint this piece to better fit our vision of a clean white bathroom.

The first step was to pick the perfect colour. I wanted to keep everything clean and crisp so I went with a white but it can be so hard to find the right white. I didn’t want the white to be stark and cold, but a bit creamier and warm without being too yellow.

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Behr has this great ColourSmart® app that allows you to pick a colour and see what it looks like in actual rooms. In fact, I picked a number of different colours that were all similar and then placed them on the different walls within the picture to really compare what they looked like. This made it so easy to see what whites were closer to beige, which were too stark white and which was exactly what we were looking for. Because of this app and being able to compare and contrast the shades I was confident sending my husband to The Home Depot® to pick up the paint colour without me going along!

The shade of white we picked was Ballerina Beauty (MQ3-8) and it is part of the BEHR MARQUEE® One Coat Hide Collection.

behr marquee paint reviewWhat makes the BEHR MARQUEE Collection special is that it is a paint and primer in one, promising one coat hide **. After painting the entire basement with primer and two coats of paint I welcomed a chance to quicken up the whole painting process. BEHR MARQUEE is also a durable paint looking freshly painted for longer which, with two young kids at home, is a great feature.

That said painting furniture isn’t the same as painting new drywall. The finish on the wood unit needed some prep work before we could go ahead and paint with MARQUEE.

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I set up my workspace with a drop sheet and used my husbands power sander to sand all the surfaces I was going to paint. Some of the faces were not really conducive to power sanding so I did my best to hand sand these sections.

Then it was time to paint with MARQUEE. We used a mini paint tray with a small roller brush for most of the project. We also used some sponge brushes to get at the corners and any other harder to paint sections.

The paint is extremely thick, even thicker than other Behr paints I have used. Where I had done a really good job sanding I can say without a doubt this was one coat painting.

I have done furniture painting projects before and usually I am looking at about three coats of paint to get good coverage, especially over darker wood. Where I had sanded properly I was able to get the same coverage with one coat of BEHR MARQUEE. The finish even looks like you have spent a lot of time painting multiple coats!

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I am really happy with the way the project turned out. Now we have extra storage right in the bathroom for towels and toiletries without having to run upstairs whenever we need shampoo or toilet paper. Plus, the unit now looks like it is part of the bathroom instead of standing out as something we just had hanging around.

behr marquee paint reviewDo you have a home décor project on the go? Or one that you want to get started? Would you try a bold colour? We have some dark grey accent walls that I love!

Which Behr Marquee colour would you use in your house that you might think is a bit bold but want to try anyways? Share it in the comments* (be sure to leave your email) and get entered to in a $100 Home Depot Gift Card (BEHR MARQUEE is sold exclusively at The Home Depot).

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*Open to Canada only, excludes Quebec. Giveaway ends on June 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.  Prize is (1) $100 The Home Depot Gift Card. The winner will be selected by and notified by email via Mode Media and will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. Mode Media will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. Please allow 6 weeks for your prize to arrive. If you have not received it after the 6 week mark, please contact Mode Media. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Mode Media has the right to terminate giveaway at any time. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Mode Media. They will not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Void where prohibited.

**Limitations apply. One-coat hide excludes ULTRA PURE WHITE®, colours outside of the MARQUEE Interior One-Coat Colour Collection and all other colours that have not been selected as one-coat hide from other BEHR palettes. Not valid when painting over uncoated, porous or repaired interior surfaces; over woods that contain tannins such as redwood or cedar; or when painting over heavy stains, which may require spot priming, multiple coats, and/or longer drytime.

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  • ivy pluchinsky
    June 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I would choose the color shy smile S130-2

  • Gail Butler
    June 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Deep Fire!!

  • sage
    June 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I would pick rainwater as an accent

  • Amy Heffernan
    June 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I would just LOVE to try the Vigorous Violet in my bedroom!!! Thanks!

  • Jonnie
    June 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I would love to try the dramatist shade

  • Elena
    June 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I just painted our bedroom in iron gate. I was impressed with the marquee paint and did one coat for the most part, only having to go over some spots. I used the gateway gray. I’d love to tackle our ensuite next in a similar shade.

  • Laurie
    June 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I’m looking to do something drastic, like Catwalk, in my bedroom and Totally Black in my powder room. Because sadly my entire house is a work in progress. 🙂

  • Florence C
    June 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I choose Orange Liquor.

  • Jenness M
    June 17, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Aqua Rapids is a gorgeous shade!

  • kristen visser
    June 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    The color that I think is a bit bold but would totally do anyways is the Tahitian Breeze. love that color. how beautiful

  • charityk
    June 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    i would try january garnet for my entry way bold and an unexpected design element

    • charityk
      June 17, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      i was looking at he wrong section of paint , i would pick ‘red my mind’ from the marquee collection. thanks

  • Brenda Penton
    June 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I’d love the colour Velvet Rope. I’d love to paint my guest bathroom this colour.

  • Maria
    June 17, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I would choose Creamy mushroom

  • Marjorie Collins
    June 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    would love to win

  • lynn clayton
    June 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm


  • Josh S
    June 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I like Planet Green. Would be great for in the basement. Thanks

    June 17, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I like Key Largo very very much, would love to do my bedroom in this bright, happy colour.

  • Kim Tanti
    June 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I would like the apple blossom for my bathroom when we redo it.

  • Rhonda W G.
    June 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The color Windgate Hill would be lovely on my front door!

  • Bailey Dexter
    June 17, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    i would love to use the CAICOS TURQUOISE! Love this one in my kitchen with off white cupboards & sand colour floors! I would be baking & thinking of the beach!

  • Lisa
    June 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Excellent colour choice. I really love ‘Secret Society’! lisaleesaa at gmail dot com.

  • Choo Choo Li
    June 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Nice job w the cabinet! Our whole house is a boring white except for our baby’s nursery. Would love to paint our bathroom w a calming bluish grey like Flowing Breeze to add some interest.

  • Elizabeth R
    June 18, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I prefer neutrals, so I’d go with the weathered white.

  • Courtney
    June 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I’d totally choose deep fire. I love it!!!

  • Seham M
    June 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Papier blanc! ,

  • Tainan Lu
    June 18, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I would pick the Tahitian Breeze.

  • Suzanne G
    June 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love Island Aqua as it is a gorgeous calming blue which makes me think of vacation time.

  • ginette4
    June 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    The Prophetic Sea MQ6-34 is a bold colour but I would love to try it in my bathroom

  • Judy Cowan
    June 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I would love to try the Smoked Mulberry in our bedroom. A little darker than I normally choose but I like it. (

  • Elsie Macleod
    June 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I would like Island Aqua in my bathroom, such a pleasing colour.

  • Susan
    June 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Courtyard blue. Thank you

  • jessica s
    June 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Glamorous is a beautiful colour! I’d love to try it!

    June 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love soft buttercup as an accent colour for my bathroom .

    Kay Burke

  • Doreen Lamoureux
    June 19, 2016 at 7:55 am

    The Agave Plant colour would rock in my entrance way.

  • Wonryang
    June 19, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I would love to try the Raspberry Smoothie

  • Meekyung
    June 19, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I would choose the Drama Queen

  • Tiesha
    June 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I have always wanted to paint a bathroom the color of Summer Dragonfly….

  • Valerie Soltis
    June 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I would choose any shade of my favourite colour -“PURPLE”

  • thomas joseph rusinak
    June 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I like Orange Liquor

  • Nate
    June 19, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I pic Orange Liquor shade

  • wilson king
    June 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Island Aqua

  • DebP
    June 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Kimono Violet, with white trim.

  • Anne Derkat
    June 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I like the Aqua Rapids shade.

  • Sarahj
    June 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love dark colours right now. I think chocolate swirl is very nice.

  • Nancy J Montgomery
    June 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Caribbean Sky BIC-09 is about as bold as I dare given the lack of light in the apartment.

  • Stephanie LaPlante
    June 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I absolutely love Aqua Rapids

  • Margaret H
    June 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I like the Vigorous violet not sure anyone else in the family would like it but I do

  • Theresa C.
    June 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I’d pick Proper Purple 😉 – my email is luminousangel13 AT hotmail DOT com

  • K Yee
    June 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I like the look of Tasmanian Sea.

  • gloria konelsky
    June 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm


  • SarahJ
    June 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I love dark colors. Chocolate Swirl looks great.

  • Jen Sproat
    June 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Love purple so would be Vigourous Violet

  • Claire
    June 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Ballerina Beauty, like in the pictures, would look lovely in my kitchen.

  • Cairine
    June 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I like the green Cricket Field P370-4.

  • Piroska
    June 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I would love to try the Haute Couture. Beautiful colour!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  • Christina
    June 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I would choose Cinema Screen

  • joyce s.
    June 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I would like tropcis.

  • Sandi Tymchuk
    June 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I would like to try a rich purple in my living room, perhaps PPU1-20, Spiced Plum

  • liam
    June 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Love the bathroom…great stuff

  • Cathy Oppedisano
    June 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    The Behr Marquee colour I would use in my house is Yaght Blue.

  • Leanne Cobbledick
    June 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I am loving Chicory Root BXC-21

  • Audrey Skinner
    June 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I would paint my bedroom in pagoda. Love it!!!

  • ChristineB
    June 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I actually just painted my kitchen in a colour I would not have thought of before. I used the Behr Marquee Honey Tea (yellow) on my kitchen walls. It looks classy, inviting and cheerful and it only needed one coat of paint.

  • Toni Eletu
    June 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    apricot freeze

  • Wendy hutton
    June 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    turquoise bic-53 I would love to try I have an old wooden trunk I need to redo

  • Samantha S
    June 19, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I love Aztec Sky, it’s such a bright and happy colour. I’d want to try it out in one of my rooms.

  • Wilma van Oort
    June 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I love the Aqua rapids. Makes me think of sitting by the ocean which is a place of tranquility for me.

  • Alyssa Regnier
    June 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Cameo White!

  • SheilaR
    June 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Really like Smokestack N220-3

  • Alison Braidwood
    June 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I’d go for Galapagos – a rich teal that would look fab in my bathroom.

  • Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    June 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I LOVE Cherry Juice for my bedroom – its such a nice shade

  • Sue Kirkpatrick
    June 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I think Aqua Rapids is lovely color

  • Jenny
    June 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I would choose Cinema Screen

  • Steph F
    June 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I would love to try Catwalk N550-7 for an accent wall!! Its such a beautiful colour and would match almost anything!

  • Anu Chopra
    June 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I would choose scene-stealer MQ1-22

  • Nicole
    June 19, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Celestial light looks beautiful!

  • AD
    June 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I am actually re-doing and re-painting my guest bathroom this summer; for this space, I want to create a tranquil environment with a classic look (that will not date itself quickly), so I would use the Behr Marquee Taupe Tease colour, with highlights of Pale Cornflower and Smokestack.

  • Edmond
    June 19, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I choose Cinema Screen. . Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂

  • Cheryl MacPhail
    June 20, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I would pick Bubble Turquoise M450-6 🙂

  • Ming
    June 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Aqua Rapids would go will in my bathroom

  • lisa bolduc
    June 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I would love to paint a wall in my bathroom aruba blue

  • eric
    June 20, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I would try Island Dream

  • Holly OGorman
    June 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

    For my living room, I would love Clay HDC-NT-04A 😀

  • 409cope
    June 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I would like to try Cabaret.

  • Alyssa Scott
    June 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I would put lovebirds p140-5 in my bedroom!

  • Erin Lewis
    June 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The Dark Truffle would look great!

  • Vanessa L.
    June 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to try Ash Blue in my living room.

  • Krista M
    June 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Perfect Penny would work nicely in my bedroom to bring some much needed richness to the space, & would look polished with some neutral accents painted in Alpaca Blanket.

  • Nicole B
    June 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I would love to try Tart Orange!

  • Heather W
    June 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I would like to try the summer green! thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  • Kim Stenner
    June 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I have a concrete wall in my basement that I think needs some Garbanzo Paste on it

  • Margaret Huitema
    June 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I like the Aqua Rapids

  • Mark Cascardi
    June 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I would paint my guest room in Tsunami (S-4507).

  • Erin McSweeney
    June 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    oh I adore Island Aqua P450-5

  • Jaclyn Mercer
    June 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I love Raspberry Crush for a bathroom. I an very open to bright colors!

  • Matt P
    June 20, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    creme de la creme!

  • amy s
    June 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I would love to try Tropical Waterfall! Such a relaxing and beautiful colour

  • Jana Liu
    June 20, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Dynamite Magenta would look amazing in the bathroom

  • Liberty
    June 20, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I like the Tropical Sea HDC-MD-22. I would use it in the office.

  • Aarone Mawdsley
    June 21, 2016 at 12:06 am

    the smoked mulberry in my bathroom
    cherry _ 251 at hotmail dot com

  • Sara Rai
    June 21, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Fell in love with the Aqua Rapids shade💕

  • Vcitoria K
    June 21, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I love the Island Oasis

  • angela m
    June 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I would try the cricket field shade.

  • Monique L.S.
    June 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I like Island Aqua, P450-5. It would be a great accent wall for my daughter’s room.

  • StanL
    June 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Ballerina Beauty (MQ3-8)

  • Angela September
    June 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    ooh so much fun! i really like the Mystic Turquoise P450-7 that would be great in our powder room

  • Kate
    June 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I like the blue gray colors like urban mist or light drizzle!

  • Lauraleigh
    June 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I’m looking for a colour for the Master Bedroom, and I really love Lollipop- P210-4 !! I Think it will look awesome in our bedroom 🙂

  • David P
    June 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I would paint it Island Aqua

  • Doug
    June 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I like the Old map

  • Al
    June 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Aqua Rapids is a good shade

  • wai man
    June 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    old map. entry pls

  • Jenn
    June 21, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I adore the colour teal. I would love to paint our office in Teal Motif. xx

  • Heather Swanson
    June 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Wild cranberry

  • pam
    June 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I would love to try the English Daisy.

  • nicolthepickle
    June 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I really like the Napa Winery colour. I don’t have any purple in my house. It’s lovely though.

  • Gee Jones
    June 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I choose joie de vivre

    June 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I cant wait to try
    Island Aqua P450-5

  • Laurie W.
    June 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I have just started redoing my bathroom and I think Night Club N500-7 would work really well with my colour scheme.

  • Laura B.
    June 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to try the colour Tropics. I have a lot of red accents and I think that they would look great together.

  • Lori Sexton
    June 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm


  • Melissa Black
    June 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I would choose Aqua Rapids in my bathroom

  • Robyn Bellefleur
    June 22, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I would chose Deep fire.

  • Tracey
    June 22, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I would like to do an accent wall in Black Lacquer T13-3

  • Jen L
    June 23, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I fell in love with Free Spirit – such a pretty and light green!

  • Maria-Teresa Andreacchi
    June 23, 2016 at 6:16 am

    The Cameo White is such a cute colour and can be used year round. Also love that it’s a soft pink, kind of like the colour of the year!

  • Kim M
    June 23, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I would love to try the dramatist shade

  • Craig Gudlaugson
    June 23, 2016 at 11:11 am


  • Aimee
    June 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Rainwater is a great choice

  • Megan McGuire
    June 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I would love Tropical Sea, it would look beautiful for a bathroom!

  • Sandy Couzens
    June 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I love the color Island Aqua P450-5. We are going to start painting this Fall. I have to admit it’s not my favorite job, but I’m always Soooo happy when we are done 🙂 Thank you for this Great giveaway and all the info.

  • marla
    June 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    i would love Aloha in our bathrooms

  • Bagum
    June 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Deep Fire is what I would like to try

  • heather sibley
    June 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I would choose Surfboard Yellow for my ensuite bathroom

  • Winnie B
    June 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I really like rainwater

  • Rebby
    June 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I would love the bright Clover Patch (P400-6) for my living room! Such fabulous colour optoins!

  • Amber Y
    June 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I really like their Island Aqua colour and I’d love to paint our bedroom in it!!

    ayoung3360 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Robyn Bellefleur
    June 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I really like Lunar Surface and I would use that color in my bedroom.

  • Ellen H
    June 29, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Sultry smoke