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Master Bath Paint…Choosing a Color

Here is the master bathroom before the blinds were installed. Check out this fancy-dancy window treatment here. I know, you’re jealous. Try and calm down though because for about $1.99 this gorgeousness can be yours too.

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Below you can see the honeycomb shade that I installed and then the process of picking a paint color begins. I’ve learned my lesson with neutrals and have resorted to buying samples of paint now. Picking the right tan/gray/beige or combination of the three is very difficult. So here are the before shots of my bathroom.

If you’re curious what color I chose you’re just going to have to wait. Is the suspense just killing you!? I know, probably not but it’s still fun for me to have a teaser moment. I have a few minor touch ups to do before I post the final product. It’s amazing what a difference paint makes. I LOVE the new color. Buh-Bye boring builder paint!

New Kitchen Paint Color: Oyster Shell

I recently painted my kitchen. In case you don’t remember here is a picture of some of the different paint colors I was deciding between. In person each of these colors are very similar to one another and unless you were in really good lighting deciphering the difference between them might be difficult. Each was only slightly different, more green, more blue, more red etc. I was going for a color that would be relatively neutral as I like to change my decor and table settings often. However, I didn’t want Plain Jane tan. I also wanted to pick a color with a depth of saturation; one that was pretty dark as far as paint colors go because I think dark paint colors add drama to a room.

I picked the top swatch of paint for the kitchen.
I picked the top swatch of paint for the kitchen.

I picked the color on the top: Oyster Shell. It’s a funny color. Sort of green, sort of taupe and sort of gray. Depending on the time of day and lighting it looks a little different. Here is what my kitchen looked like BEFORE. This is the yellowish tan the builder painted throughout our entire house (that we didn’t pick). I’ve lived with it until now because I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do.

Spring/Summer Kitchen Decor 2014
Spring/Summer Kitchen Decor 2014
Wall Art from Home Goods
Wall Art from Home Goods
Hobby Lobby Candlesticks
Hobby Lobby Candlesticks
Hobby Lobby Decor
Hobby Lobby Decor

And here’s what the kitchen looks like newly painted. I carried the paint into the entry off of the garage which is connected to my kitchen.

New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
New Paint Color: Oyster Shell
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I had alot of questions from people about how I was going to stop the kitchen paint color without continuing it into the foyer. My foyer and my kitchen sort of share some walls. The most logical thing for me to do was to stop when the wall ended.

How I Stopped the Paint from Continuing into the Foyer
How I Stopped the Paint from Continuing into the Foyer
So in this picture I painted the wall along the ceiling on the side facing the kitchen and the underside of it. The wall with my collage frames in the foyer is the original builder paint which I didn’t change. The wall that my kitchen pantry is on is painted. This picture also helps demonstrate how much DARKER the new paint is from the original color. I am absolutely in LOVE with it. It looks so much richer in there. It’s hard to tell in the pictures because the flash makes it look a little lighter than it looks in person.

This wall is mostly in my kitchen so this wall did get painted the kitchen color. DSC_0854

What do you think?? Not to shabby! I actually like the color so much I almost wish I painted the living room the same color lol.

A New Paint Color for the Kitchen…Decisions…Decisions…

I’ve been mulling over paint swatches for my kitchen for quite some time and after my living room paint debacle I’ve decided swatches aren’t good enough lol. Since I only plan to paint my kitchen ONCE and I intend to like the color the first time, I invested in some sample sizes of a few of the paints I was considering.

Testing Paint Colors for my Kitchen
Testing Paint Colors for my Kitchen

The color on the very bottom was a sample I already had on hand from testing my living room (after I hated the color the first time). I painted that on the wall first wondering if I would like that color and then not have to buy any more samples. I think it was called “Lindhurst Tan.” It read slightly purple to me in my kitchen so I had to go buy more samples at Lowes. Thankfully, I had a gift card from a return I made so they didn’t cost me any additional money which was nice.

The color second from the bottom is called “Windmill” and in this space it reads a bit yellow–probably because of the cherry finish on my cabinetry. BUTTTTT I tested it in my master bathroom and I actually really like it for that space. Just above that sample is “Eiffel Tower.” I originally wanted to paint the kitchen a grayish blue color and I thought this was going to be the color I ended up choosing. However, after seeing all of the samples on the wall I thought it was a bit too cold of a color to stand up to my cherry cabinetry. So that leaves the winning sample on the very top. It’s called “Oyster Shell.”

I never had plans to paint the kitchen this color. Oyster Shell was a color I was considering (along with Windmill) in my master bathroom. However, in my master bathroom it looks REALLY gray which is so funny because it looks green/brown in my kitchen. And while Windmill looks too yellow in my kitchen, in my bathroom it looks like the perfect shade of brown.

What I was going for in my kitchen was something that looked homey and warm but had a little bit of color to it. I didn’t want it to look tan or taupe but I still wanted it to be very neutral. I often change my table linens and flowers and seasonal decor so I didn’t want a color that would clash when I decided to change things up. So this is just slightly green/gray which I thought was the perfect amount of color. I also didn’t want anything that would accentuate the red of my cherry cabinets. I actually DON’T like cherry cabinets (even though I know there are many people that love them). I thought choosing something with blue undertones really made the red in my cabinets stand out. I also chose colors that are pretty dark for most people’s comfort zones. Anyone who sees swatches I pick for paint allllways questions me with how dark I’m going but then after it’s painted they love it. Trust me, you can go darker than you think most of the time.

I’ve never had to buy samples before but when picking colors in the tan/taupe/neutral type of families I think it’s sort of necessary. What you think looks tan in one room looks green in another or gray or yellow or blue or pink. So save yourself some time and money and buy samples. They’re about $3 a piece and you actually get a good amount of paint that you can save to test out in other rooms or use on other projects.

I bought my paint today and plan to get the kitchen done sometime this week. I’m dreading taking down the wall hanging I just put up over my pantry. That thing was SOOO hard to hang and I really don’t want to do it again. It has holes cut in the back of it and it’s super heavy so when you get one hole around a screw and hooked in the other falls out. It’s really annoying. OHHH, the joys lol.

I’ll post pics as soon as I’m done painting 🙂

Do you think I picked the right color based on the samples?? What color is your kitchen??

—Robin

New Living Room Paint Color!!!

It has now become a priority for me to get some of the rooms in this house PAINTED!! Not only because all of the walls in our house are the same color, but also because it’s a bit bland and it’s crappy builder’s paint that can’t be washed. We do have some marks on the walls from moving in furniture and it’s just time. I’m also gradually changing all of the trim in our house from white to cream/off-white. The trim the builder put in is absolutely stark white (no warmth at all). It also needed to be painted because it had marks from the nail gun and I think it was the pre-finished moulding that just comes already white so it was a little dinged up.

I decided I wanted to start with the living room because the ceilings are low enough for me to handle without purchasing a ladder (yes, we don’t own a ladder yet lol). It’s also the room we spend most of our time in.

First step was moving the couch so I could get to the walls and can I just say, “ewwwwww.” It was dusty and I found some missing dog bones and whatnot. Marshmallow certainly had a good time investigating the debris though. DSC_0712DSC_0711DSC_0713

I had paint swatches taped to the wall for a few months before deciding on “River Bed Brown.” It’s a paint from Menard’s. It was a beaufitul color on it’s own but after I completely painted the entire living room and wasted a whole can of 30-some-dollar paint I decided the shade was exactly what I wanted…however it looked like it had a purple tint to me. My couch is olive green, the pictures on my walls have greens and yellows and oranges, the olive vase in front of my fireplace….everything seemed to clash with the pinky/purple tint in the paint. Here it is with some of the original paint color and River Bed Brown.
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First Paint Color. River Bed Brown.
First Paint Color. River Bed Brown.

I lived with the room being this color for about 24 hours before deciding I just couldn’t take the pink tint and set out to find the exact same shade but something that didn’t have any pink/purple tint and that would go with grays as well as browns. It couldn’t have too much warmth (yellows) because it wouldn’t look good with my gray accessories, but I wanted it to read overall as “brown” by anyone who looked at the paint. You’d be amazed at how many different browns there are that all have the pink or yellow warmth to them. Something I also considered (and you can call me crazy) but I also chose the paint color knowing that my Christmas decorations are chocolate brown, cream, gold and olive green. I want my decor to look beautiful with every season so I didn’t want to pick anything that would clash with my existing decorations. I went to Lowe’s and took my original swatch of River Bed Brown and found three new colors that looked almost exactly the same but that had just a different undertone to them. I took the samples home and painted them each on different walls of the living room so I could see the way the colors looked with the lights hitting them differently. Eiffle Tower looked like it had a blue tint, Lyndhurst Tan had a pink tint (slightly less pink that River Bed Brown) and Toll Booth looked like it had a gray cast. Toll Booth it is!!!

Here you can see the difference between the River Bed Brown and the Toll Booth with is on the left side surrounding the window moulding. I used Valspar brand paint in a Satin finish for this room. I chose Satin because I wanted a pearlescent finish and I wanted it to be as washable as possible because it’s such a high traffic area (not to mention we plan on having children soon so durability was important.)

The Difference between Toll Booth and River Bed Brown
The Difference between Toll Booth and River Bed Brown
I think here you can really see how the original color had a bit of a rosey undertone compared to the new color.

You may or may not be able to tell there was a change in the trim color. It’s difficult to see the way the room photographs but it’s so much warmer and homier in here. I’m seriously IN LOVE with this new paint color. I know alot of people are afraid to choose dark paint colors but DON’T BE!! They add such richness to a room. Everything pictured was already in the room (although you may notice a silver tray on the mantle that wasn’t there before. I recently inherited that from my Aunt Jan who is no longer with us, but little things like that around my house make me think of her. I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep it there or if it makes my mantle look cluttered but I’m going to live with it for awhile and see how it fits. Anyway, here are the before and afters.



With my original paint mistake, the new paint and supplies it cost around $90 to update the paint color and trim color. I think it was well worth it. What do you think?

Craft Room Before and After Paint

So, we have lived in our house for a year and a half and I just recently got around to doing something with my scrapbook room. Up until now it has literally been a catch all storage area for all the things that we didn’t create a place for. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to do something with this room considering I’ve waited probably 15 years to have a room specifically dedicated to all of my projects. And trust me—I ALWAYS have some type of project going on. Therefore, having a place that I can just shut the door on the mess is CRUCIAL to keeping my sanity as well as my OCD husband’s lol.

Here are the before pictures…there was some “dirty” paint color that the builder put on the walls and also on the ceiling. It wasn’t tan, but it wasn’t white…..a dirty white maybe. Muck white? Anyways…

This is me painting the ceiling…disregard my awesome Old Navy PJ pants that I’ve had since middle school (I wish I was kidding about that). The have become my “painting pants.” You can see the difference between the puke color the builder put on the walls/ceiling and the new white that I’m putting on. The color I used for the ceiling is Behr’s “Swiss Coffee.” It’s more of a soft milk color white, rather than a bright white or a ceiling white.

Painting the ceiling with Behr's "Swiss Coffee" white...It's much brighter than the before
Painting the ceiling with Behr’s “Swiss Coffee” white…It’s much brighter than the before

By the way…I bought some canvas drop cloths from a hardware store a few years ago and I have used them for countless painting projects. My mom always buys the really cheap plastic drop cloths and I absolutely HATE the plastic ones. For one, I like to paint barefoot and my feet stick to the plastic. Even though the canvas is more expensive initially, I always know I have them on hand– whereas with the plastic I just toss them after one use. Finally, I like that the canvas kind of soaks the paint in rather than just sitting on top of it. If you spill or splatter the paint on plastic it takes forever to dry and consequently, it is alot easier to step in wet paint during your project.

Another painting tip I have is NOT TO TAPE. That’s right—I said it. DO NOT TAPE. First of all it takes FOREVER and by the time I finish taping I’m no longer motivated to actually paint. On top of it, the tape always “leaks” and paint somehow gets through even if you are meticulous. I much prefer to just paint with the roller everywhere I can and then go in with an angled brush after and do the trim free hand. It’s not as difficult as you may think.

The wall color is Sherwin Williams “Enigma.” It’s a really PRETTY smokey purple. I describe it as “smokey eyeshadow purple.” It’s not a deep color at all. It has a rich base but it’s muted in a way that makes it not only tolerable to be in but I actually LOVE it. I was concerned at first it would be too dark but the gray undertone really makes it liveable and dramatic at the same time. I couldn’t be happier with the color actually. I picked it based on a wall paper sample I found that I plan to buy and add to the CEILING in here after I can afford to put in crown molding. I didn’t want to put wallpaper on the ceiling before crown moulding because if I ever wanted to remove the wallpaper I didn’t want to have to go in with a razor blade and cut it out from underneath the crown. So paint only for now. (boo).

After painting the walls I decided to paint the trim and the doors in the room with the same color I painted on the ceiling only in semi-gloss. The bright white that the trim/doors came in just looked too stark next to the rich paint color. Not to mention it just needed to be painted because it had some dings from the nails used to put it up and all of that. Once I softened it with the Swiss Coffee paint I liked it much better. You may not be able to tell from the pictures but in person I’m very glad I decided to do that.

Here is the finished product!!!