Gray is making me go gray

As mentioned in a previous post, we decided to paint our living/dining room, and expanded to entry way, with a color match of BM Thunder from the affinity collection. Since it’s not BM paint, it’s probably just a close match, but we love it! Now on to the main room and kitchen color. And I […]

As mentioned in a previous post, we decided to paint our living/dining room, and expanded to entry way, with a color match of BM Thunder from the affinity collection. Since it’s not BM paint, it’s probably just a close match, but we love it!

Now on to the main room and kitchen color. And I am having SUCH. A. HARD. TIME. CHOOSING.

I have literally tested ~11 colors now and have samples coming out of my ears. The colors seem to look very different on different walls, and I don’t want something that is going to go too cool. These are North facing rooms, so I think that is part of our issue with the lighting vs. how easy it was for our first go round. Plus, it needs to look good against Thunder but be lighter, more airy and hopefully a bit warmer.

Here are all the colors I’m considering and our front runner in the “?!”! I know they look so very close in this image but on the wall they look quite different. Any suggestions welcomed!

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Bathroom & Cabinet Refresh

Happy Spring!

In honor of Spring, today, I’m painting our downstairs bathroom cabinets and giving the room a refresh. This is important to me to get done now, because we have our guests stay down here during our renovation, and we have some coming in just a week or so! I’d like them to be cozy and no look at the patched drywall we have from one of many plumbing disasters so far. So… a paint update is in order!

I headed over to home depot, and grabbed a small can of paint and we already have on hand some semi gloss trim paint + primer in one. I’m going to use that for this small vanity and medicine cabinet, then hit the walls.

Supplies:
Screwdriver
Painters Tape
Sanding Block (or sand paper)
Purdy Paint Brush
Foam Paint Roller
Paint of your choice
Recommended: primer (I’m skipping this step)!
Updated knobs if you want

First, start by giving the space a good clean and scrub down. I’d already done this when we moved in but did scrub these cabinets in depth before starting to sand.
Next, you’re ready to sand. Go with the grain.
Once you have done this, you’ll want to vacuum your cabinets with a soft brush and/or wipe down with a wet rag/cheesecloth to get all the loose sand off.
Tape off your walls/areas you don’t want paint!
Prime & wait to dry.
Give a light sanding
Paint!

You want to use a brush on areas without a flat surface or that you can’t get with your roller.
Roll the rest.

Now, I’m pretty good at “cutting in” but in small spaces it’s still best to tape off so I’d highly recommend. If you want a super clean line, apply caulk to the edge of your paint line and then remove tape while paint is still wet!

Before and After images coming soon:

The (Very Important) Home Office

Since we know we’re going to have a lot going on in terms of noise and moving around in the house while we get settled in pre-reno, I want to get my home office set-up asap. Work must go on!

Here is my inspo pic for layout:

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But going for a saturated blue. Here is my inspo for that! (Em Henderson // House & Home, Feb ’14):

First up! The search for 2 bookshelves to go behind desk… definitely going with Ikea as I’m on a budget.

Already have the West Elm Parson’s Desk in white, a non designy ball chair from gaim that makes my back feel great even after a long day of sitting, and several rug choices. Mainly going for clean white on a deep blue.

Eventually we’ll have wood floor in here and debating on white wainscoting.

Paint options in a terrible messy pic… more to come!

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