Painting the Guest Bathroom Green

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I’m back with another edition of the slowest blog post series ever seen.  Once the wall paper was removed and the holes patched, it was time to start painting.  For this room I decided on Glidden Hazy Sage color matched in Behr interior Semi-gloss paint with primer.

Choosing paint colors- try lots of samples

I wanted the guest bath to have a calming, spa feel to it.  My inspiration came from this room from Better Homes & Garden.  I love the calm green walls, dark cabinets and open shelving.  Peaceful and clean.

Guest Bath Inspiration 2

So I grabbed a sample can of Hazy Sage and put a spot on the wall to see how it looked .  This is one of the few rooms in our house where a second sample was not necessary.  I immediately knew this was the color I was looking for.

Guest bath medicine cabinet before

On with the painting…I love this color!

Painting our guest bath sage green

Once all the edges were cut in, it was time to tackle the cabinets next. I’ll back back soon with an update on how they turned out!  Anyone else tackling a bathroom facelift recently?

Painting bathroom cabinets for an upgraded look


Painting the Mantel

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As I shared last week, we recently painted our dining room navy.  It was originally a light blue/violet color, so once the three main walls were painted with the rich, deep navy color the next step needed was to paint the ceiling and 4th wall (we planned on having it match the rest of the living room and hallways for flow) and to paint the fireplace surround/mantel.  As you can see, the fireplace now looks out of place being light blue/violet with the bold navy walls. In person it stands out even more.

Dining room fireplace- in progress

I really wanted a high contrast look, so we followed through with the plan of a bright white mantel. Long term I would love to figure out a way to re-surface the entire mantel and surround with wood like this, but with the windows so close it would be nearly impossible without demo-ing the current surround for space.  And right now, that is not a priority for us. So in the meantime, the fast and dirty change was simply to pick a bright white and get painting.

White painted mantel
Stay tuned tomorrow and I will share my holiday decorated mantel, now that the paint has dried :)


Navy Dining Room in Progress

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We have been working non-stop on the house in our free time lately; painting, painting and more painting.  We are starting to see that light at the end of the tunnel with only a couple rooms to go, but let me back up a bit and share some navy dining room progress. Back in September I shared how we removed the wall paper in the arch over the fireplace, which we did immediately, and then nothing changed for a while.

Dining room fireplace before

After going back to view my navy dining room mood board I grabbed a few paint samples and picked the perfect shade of navy; Behr’s Peaceful Night.  And wow, what a difference it makes to this room.

Dining room fireplace- in progress

Before painting we decided to take down the window boxes.  I envision tall white or beige curtains and a more modern feel, so the wooden window boxes were out.  They have been painted over a few times so they did not remove cleanly, but after a quick Spackle job the wall was as good as new.

Prepping dining room for navy paint

Next I quickly taped off the windows and floor board.  We plan on putting in new flooring and in the process also getting new floor boards, but that may be a few months out and I did not want the floor boards to look tacky in the meantime.  We plan on painting the ceiling light grey, so no need to tape it off.

DIning room prepper to paint Navy

Here is the wall after one coat.  As you can see, doing such a dark color required two coats to get the depth of color.  Thanks goodness we opted for paint and primer in one, or this might have been a 3 coat job!

Navy paint needs a second coat in our dining room

I am loving the change in color, so bold but still inviting. And the yellowed map really pops on these walls, so I think it may have found its new home.

Large accent wall in dining room in progress

Still to do:

  • Paint the fireplace white
  • Paint the ceiling gray
  • Re-tile the fireplace
  • Remove carpet and install wood laminate floors
  • Buy a sideboard to replace bookshelf
  • Window coverings
  • Re-paint table (quick fix until we invest in a larger table and plush chairs)
  • New light fixture over table
  • Mirror above fireplace?
  • Artwork on wall
  • Accent wall under bar?  Wood planks? Air Stone?
  • Nice large floor rug
  • Maybe new tall bar bar stools?

Wow….that list was longer than I was thinking it would be!  Quite a ways to go still, but I am loving the progress I see happening.


Painting Our Kitchen Grey

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I am so far behind in posting our home painting progress!!  So far we have worked on the kitchen, guest bath and dining room, but I have yet to post any updates…crazy! So to start off, the first room we tackled with paint after moving in was our kitchen.  We had to decide on the right kitchen paint colors with white cabinets.

Our Kitchen Before

We loved the kitchen from day one and did not plan to do much to it.  The counter tops are beautiful and the white cabinets keep it light and open.  I had always envisioned my kitchen with dark wood cabinets, but more and more I loving the look of white.

Kitchen French Doors Before

I mean just look at that beautiful counter top with the white cabinets!

Kitchen Island Before

To start out with making it feel like our home, we knew that we would want to remove the wall paper back splash border, paint the walls and bring in new cabinet hardware.

Kitchen Before

So tackling the “easiest” project first, we went to work on the hardware. You will understand my sarcasm with using the word easiest soon…

Changing out kitchen knobs and pulls

After a quick trip to Ikea, we were back with new black pulls and knobs.  The knobs were only $4.99 for a pack of two and the pulls were $7.99 for a pack of two; so overall a cheap way to update the look.

New cabinet pulls and knobs from ikea

We quickly went to work removing all the old hardware, simple enough a process to do.

Changing out knobs and pulls

Then it was time to put on the new hardware.  While the knobs went on easily, we ran into a roadblock with the pulls.  Our current pulls were standard English measurements, but the new ones were metric. What does that mean?  Well, it meant that the holes did not quite line up, being off by like 1 centimeter.  So close, but so far.  Plus the screws they came with were too short to go through the cabinet and reach the pulls.  After 5 trips to different hardware stored we were finally able to scrounge up enough metric screws in the right length to work.

black knobs on white cabinets

We debated what to do about the mis-aligned holes, and opted to just use one of the holes as it was and screw in the second side right next to the old hole.  This means that our cabinet pulls are now off center by about 1 centimeter, but we decided that was an evil we can live with.

Updating kitchen knobs and pulls

And yes, there was a few days of debate and searching for screws, leaving us living with half finished cabinetry. During that time we also spent an hour or so removing the wall paper back splash.  I used the same fabric softener treatment to remove the wall paper and again it worked like a charm.

new kitchen knobs and pulls

Once that debacle finally was conquered, it was on to painting.  We decided on a nice neutral gray for the walls and we are planning to add in color in accessories.  I am thinking of citrus inspired colors like yellow, orange and lime green.

Painting the kitchen grey

For the walls we went with a semi-gloss paint being that the kitchen gets a lot of action. Our paint color of choice for this room was Behr in Dark Granite.  I know, I did my painting a little backwards, rolling the walls and then cutting it.  But it still turned out just fine and you cannot see any overlapping lines.

Painting the kitchen

Look at the difference a coat of paint and some new hardware can make!  It was Alex’s idea to go black on the cabinet hardware and I love it.  Makes it feel a little more modern and less country on the white cabinets.  Next on my list for this room is accessories, new rugs and a new light fixture.  We also changed out the hardware on the french doors to be silver and it looks great.

Newly painted kitchen - Work in progress

We still have some accessory shopping to do so I am using the rugs from our apartment, but with new towels, so it is an eclectic mess.  I will be back with more pictures soon once we get around to finishing it off.  Wezley and Augie don’t seem to mind, all they care about is getting treats while I am cooking our dinners :)

Grey kitchen