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.

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

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:

Gray or Greige? (Paint!)

The Quail House is currently 100% … let’s call it a light beige. My best guess is they never had painted it, just stuck with white, based on their decor sensibilities (ie none). And then when they went to sell, they were told to have the place painted, so went with all beige. In the entire thing!

So, we’re left with a pretty blank palette to spice things up.

We’re going for a more luxe look, or as we like to explain it, a place modern day, cool vampires would like to live. “Vampy” if you will. But not Dracula vamp. Confused?

Well then let’s start with the search for the perfect gray – leaning toward greige to be on the warmer side. After doing a ton of gray research, and there a ton of blog posts dedicated to this out there, I decided to test:

BM Revere Pewter, the internet sensation. – 6.
BM Affinity Thunder – 7.
SW Repose – 4.
SW Agreeable Gray – 5.
Behr Silver Drop (one of my old tried and true faves) – 1.
BM Silver Fox – 2.
Behr Toasty Grey – 3.

Here they are (not the crispest pic, but you can see the tone):


gray or greige paint

In this case, we are painting our dining and living room first so we wanted a more saturated color with a bit more drama than what we might choose for the rest of the house. So we went with Thunder. (7)

Here’s where the debacle comes in. We went to the Home Depot paint department, where we had gotten our test samples and simply color matched the above colors. Well, for our testers, we used Glidden as I had so many testers I asked for the cheapest. When i bought the real deal 2 gallons, I got mid range Behr. Took it home and it was a different color. Close, but so GREEN. (below above the tests) My husband said it was “institutional green.” Not good. I spent all night ready to go in for a fight with Home Depot to get my $60 back!


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But when I got back to Home Depot the next morning, they were so nice, returned it and made us a new batch. Stuck with Glidden to be sure we could get the color we fell in love with.

We LOVE how it turned out. Will probably use this color again in the house, either a bathroom or bedroom.

Thinking Agreeable Gray or Silver Drop for our “main/great” room and entry hallway and up the stairs… any votes!?

Home Renovation Begins

This weekend, we truly began our home renovation project. My brother came to visit, and was a HUGE help. There’s only so many things Andrew and I can do alone, partially because (as Patrick put it) I have “ninny” arms. Sure, these things are solid but I simply couldn’t lift the huge island granite with sink stuck on, etc.

So, check out what we accomplished on the most fun days of a renovation: DEMO DAYS!

  1. Carpet tear out in dining room + living room. This is huge because this is the room we’ll start to lay wood floor in first (typically rule here is the longest wall in the house is what you start with).
  2. Kitchen island and bottom cabinets tear out (almost there…)
  3. Kitchen floor tear out.
    1. Check out that long crow bar looking thing? Kind of like the cat’s claw, but just a huge version. This was a life saver for the wood floor and tile tear out. Highly recommend!
  4. Tile tear out in entry!

And now for getting things started to get put back! Starting with the living/dining paint. What better time to paint than when there’s no floor to drip on?! See next post for that debacle… project turned out great.

Don’t forget your safety sunglasses, er… safety goggles. I knew I kept these for a reason…

The Quail House

We have finally picked a house to make a home… we selected one that needs work and are pretty excited  to start a home renovation project. We’re calling it “The Quail House” because there are literally Quail running around everywhere. They seem to really come alive in the evening, and we hope Cash the Labradoodle treats them kindly!

Here’s to a fun home renovation project to make this place ours!

As you can see, we have great views, but a lot of work to do inside and out… these are “before” pictures – prior to our move.