Home is Where the Paint Flies

Without meaning to I’ve taken a one+ month hiatus from our little ol’ blog. It’s been a busy summer but now that we’re basically settled in I think it’s time to get caught-up! First things first: we closed on the house on Friday the 13th last month and immediately brought in 6 gallons of paint and got right to work that same day. A total of 15 gallons later we’d finished most of the painting and moved in. I could not be more relieved the painting phase only lasted a week thanks to the help of several dedicated family members… Meghan was a downright animal with paint roller in hand. I COULD NOT have done it without them! No joke.

I’ll ease into this house tour with the biggest transformations first and leave the other parts of the house for later. Who doesn’t appreciate a good before/after shot? Operation ‘clean slate’ began in the living room and two coats of Edgecomb Gray later, there was one less yellow room in the house. I hate to ‘hate’ on yellow as it’s one of my favorites, but in this case enough is enough. I also did a coat of white on the ceiling which surprisingly made all the difference in freshening up that room.

BEFORE
LIVING ROOM BEFORE (photo courtesy of MLS)
AFTER
LIVING ROOM AFTER
AFTER
LIVING ROOM AFTER
AFTER
LIVING ROOM AFTER

Edgecomb Gray eventually overflowed into the kitchen and hallway — I liked it enough to let it flow throughout the main rooms of the house and have already forgotten how the walls felt like they were closing in; although it was very warm and cheery. Nonetheless; I think a cleaner, calmer vibe was accomplished without debate. You’ll notice a wall of yellow still holding on in the kitchen…. I haven’t found the ambition yet to trim around all the cabinets/appliances. Soon.

BEFORE
HALLWAY BEFORE (photo courtesy of MLS)
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KITCHEN BEFORE (photo courtesy of MLS)
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HALLWAY AFTER
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KITCHEN AFTER
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KITCHEN AFTER
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KITCHEN AFTER

I knew the master bedroom needed some toning down if I ever wanted to sleep…. at all. So it got the grey-blue slate treatment and I have to say I’m loving the high contrast against the white trim. It’s basically midnight in there all the time — great for sleeping (in).

MASTER BEFORE
MASTER BEFORE
MASTER BEFORE
MASTER BEFORE (photo courtesy of MLS)
MASTER AFTER
MASTER AFTER
MASTER AFTER
MASTER AFTER

Two other bedrooms got some attention as well: the office/guest room and Emerson’s room. Both rooms started off the same color, which I liked well enough to buy a gallon in an eggshell finish and do a quick once-over in the office to amp up the existing flat finish (thumbs down). It’s a darker tone and so covering Emme’s walls with Vanilla Milkshake took more like 3 coats…. plus the ceiling. Totally worth brightening up those walls and making it feel a lot larger though. We also replaced the closet doors in each bedroom to match the other interior doors throughout the house. Once we get some fun stuff on the walls it will really be a fun room!

EMME'S ROOM BEFORE
EMME’S ROOM BEFORE (photo courtesy of MLS)
EMME'S ROOM AFTER
EMME’S ROOM AFTER
EMME'S ROOM AFTER
EMME’S ROOM AFTER
EMME'S ROOM AFTER
EMME’S ROOM AFTER

That concludes the ‘one-month-in’ tour. If only I could find my camera and get a little truer color sampling than what my phone can do for me… There’s a vision for many projects to come, but those can all wait until summer is long gone! All in all, we love it here and can’t wait to see how things evolve given a little time.

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I enjoy keeping track of my daughter, who is the sunshine to my cloudy days, with this blog. This is my chronicling of life into the unknown: the joy I find and lessons learned along the way!

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