This time last year, I was finishing the design for the new home we were going to build. We loved the design and the details, but other important things – like the builder and the right land — just weren’t coming together. A few months later, we found this house on the third “shopping trip” 1000 miles from our Ohio home. (Thanks so much to my patient, hospitable and helpful sisters and families for their help and support!!!!) It was quite similar to the design we had planned — except we wanted a big front porch. Instead of building a new house, we’ve been painting this one. Probably could have built a new house in the same amount of time 🙂 But we are done with the big paint projects. Happy dance! Here’s what we’ve done most recently:
Wheels is putting a coat of primer on the back entryway. We had a discussion on the proper name for this space between the coat closet and a bench. I’ve been calling it a mudroom. He informed me we don’t have mud to worry about so we should call it a foyer. I said it was too small to be a foyer, we’ll just call it the garage door space. Well, it doesn’t matter, he said, just as long as it is not a mudroom. Then it dawned on me. That’s the door he uses most often and he was taking offense at being considered a mud tracker in-er. Okay, foyer, I said. We’ve called it the back door ever since. Unless we want to get really specific. Then it’s the mudroom.
The basement bathroom above was painted a warm gray (Sherwin Williams Popular Gray), perfect for this windowless space.
The laundry room before. The mirror hangs above the sink. All of the recently painted rooms were this same gold color. It was the lightest color in the house and still took a coat of primer and two coats of color to cover.
Love, love, love the pure white of the cupboards against the blue green of the new wall color (SW Tidewater) in the laundry room after painting.
The guest bath got a new color too (SW Cay). The blue makes the copper glass top on the vanity stand out beautifully. We needed new hardware in here so chose black ringed with copper, repeating the sink color.
Bytes office was painted SW Bubble to reflect as much light as possible. Yes, the top of his computer monitor is the same height as the closet door. The monitor is enormous and sets on a standing desk. Definitely dominates the room!
We painted the walk-in pantry at the last minute. It was a huge job, but finishing it meant all the rooms were freshly painted. Bytes sprayed the walls, which saved a ton of time. The walls are SW Biscuit and the shelves are SW Interactive Cream. (Appropriate for the pantry — biscuits and cream!) The ceiling paint is indeed yellow — Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow to be exact! Just for fun. It looks like a bit of sunshine peeking through the transom above the pantry door.
We’re done with the big jobs. But there is more to come. . . this shiny, yellow, shiny, metal painted to look like oak, shiny door in the foyer/mudroom is just begging to fit in with the new blue (SW Topsail) walls. Did I mention it is shiny? Really shiny. Not that it bugs me or anything. Really, really shiny!