Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hello, Goodbye

When we first saw our new house, there were several features we fell in love with.  The house was well located, had good bones and tons of storage.  What we did not like and in fact hated, was the color scheme. It was dark and dated.

So our first order of business as new home owners was to get the house repainted while it was empty.  We had roughly a week between closing and when the movers arrived.

At first, we thought we could do it ourselves but after a realistic inventory of the overall square footage and the vaulted ceilings we hired a painting crew for the upstairs and figured we could handle the downstairs ourselves.  Say hello to Juan.  He and his crew of 2 other guys did a bag-up job in a very short amount of time.  I honestly don't know what we would have done without them.

Suddenly, we turned into me when Matt pulled a hip muscle while shoveling snow.  Oops, what was I going to do now?

Kade and Minda to the rescue!

It was a long week of priming, painting, cutting in and touching up but it was definitely worth the effort.

Goodbye, ugly red and tan...

Hello cool, neutral grey.

See ya, dingy khaki sitting room...

So nice to meet you elegant, pewter library.

Cheerio, dark brown nightmare in the master bedroom and bath...

Come to mama dreamy, blue & cream haven. (The red counter tops have still got to go!)  

Toodle-oo, unwelcoming guest beds and baths...

Greetings gracious, calming sanctuary.  

Good riddance dank cave of a basement.  Don't let the door hit ya on your way out!
Tell me,  why on earth would anyone paint an already dark basement navy blue!?!

Welcome light, airy family-friendly room.

I cannot begin to tell you the difference a little paint can do.  Before, the jarring colors in every room made this house feel disjointed and choppy.  Now, with the new neutral colors, it all seems to flow together making it unified and cohesive.

The colors we used were all from Benjamin Moore and they are:
Abalone-Great room, kitchen & family rooms.
Woodlawn Blue-Master Bedroom
Pale Oak-Master Bathroom
Stonington Gray-Guest beds and baths
Library-Revere Pewter

Well, that huge job is now under my belt and I have officially hung up my painter's pants.  The mover's came on Monday and I am now knee deep in boxes.  But, more about that in my next post.