Hidden Art Friday: Paint

We have spent the last six weeks painting every single inch of this house. I’m kicking myself, because I really didn’t take too many good before pictures. All the befores here are ones that I took during the final inspection, so still have all the old homeowner’s furniture in them. While we’ve painted every single room, I’m not including them all here–I’ll save some of the more extensive projects for a future post 🙂

The rooms in this house were either really warm, to the point that I felt like I was suffocating, or florescent. I’ve had many people tell me the yellow was really not too bad, but I just couldn’t stand it. It was upstairs and down, in hallways and the living room. Just too much. I’ve loved the new grays that have become popular lately, so I couldn’t wait to try some in all these yellow rooms.


If you look at the back of this picture, you can see my samples on the walls:


We settled on Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter for hallways and living room. (It’s also in the master, after we tried no less than 4 different colors in there and hated them, and then decided that since I had extra of the Revere Pewter, that was the winner. Pictures of that one later.)


The stairwell still needs some work, probably involving some unsafe painting practices and borrowing a friend’s extendo ladder:


My baby bedroom was neon green.


My daughter was so excited to get to help paint it. IMG_2376IMG_2578(Another good garage sale find: blackout lined curtains from Calico Corners.)

If you look in the top left corner of this picture, you can see the old color in the dining room. The change here was not dramatic, but since I was doing so much gray in the hallways, I wanted the dining room to be a beautiful saturated brown. This is BM’s Maryville Brown.



(Also, note my craig’s list score of the year: really cool hutch!)

You can’t see much of the den color here–but it was a faux sponge finish in a very warm orange. Ugh.


With all the beautiful white trim in this room, I opted for a deep blue. BM’s Phillipsburg Blue.



Most of our bathrooms are still a huge work in progress, but the kid’s main bath is pink. Pink tub, pint toilet, pink vanity, pink tile. Because the layout works for the kids, we won’t be redoing it anytime soon, and I knew that I had to cover up the pink paint (really? why?) with something to cut the color of the fixtures. Sorry for no before.

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My son’s room was the color of the closet door behind the three boys. IMG_2379

When we were done, I let them put their handprints on the inside of the closet door. These are my son’s best friends, who flew out to help us move and paint and work. Having their imprint on the door is a fun way to start a new era in his new room.IMG_2382

There are many more rooms that I painted–guest room from florescent green to white (that took forever!), master, kitchen, big girls’ room, but I’ll save those projects for another day.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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2 Responses to Hidden Art Friday: Paint

  1. Bethany says:

    Love all those grays and blues! I couldn’t imagine the brown in the dining room but it is AMAZING! And the hutch!!! What a piece!

  2. Emily says:

    I love all the colors you picked, especially the Phillipsburg Blue, and I’m going to remember the hand prints on the closet door idea for whenever we own a home we’re allowed to paint.

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