Bye Bye Builder’s Beige {Hello Dynamic Greys}

Hey all,

It’s happened. The living and dining rooms are no longer builder’s beige. And before you start laughing, I have to tell you: I am not kidding!¬†Several posts ago, I wasn’t sure I could even complete this task. And let’s be real with each other for a second, I barely made it. With all the trim and special little nooks, it was so much more time consuming than I expected. Not only did it take way longer than expected, it also required way more paint than anticipated. Lowes became my second home, and embarassingly enough, it was the same paint department guy and cashier each of the (THREE) times I went. It would have been a lot easier if I went in for different paint each time, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. But anyway, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the project.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

 

Supplies I used for the dining room:

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One “mini” or half sized roller

One 2 inch angled brush

One quart AND one Sample (half-pint) of Granite Dust by Valspar

One paint tray

Total Cost: about $30

 

Supplies I used for the living room: 

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One roller brush

One 2 inch angled brush

One gallon, one quart AND one sample (half-pint) of Notre Dame by Valspar

One paint tray liner

Total Cost: about $65

So at almost $100, this is a slightly more expensive project than I typically tackle. But let’s be honest, it was completely necessary. The builder’s beige was a neutral, but oh so boring. . Plus, once I got going, I realized how poorly the details of the job were done the first time! Lots of missed spots, dirty drywall, and plenty of inherited dings. So I decided to go two-toned, a darker shade in the dining room and lighter in the living room. The differences are definitely subtle, but at certain times during the day, the light really strikes the contrast and makes the colors quite dynamic. Ah, anyways, enough talking, more proof!

 

Here's a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

Here’s a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

 

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

 

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

 

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

 

So, what do you think? I’m so happy with it. I made Scott come in and ooh and ahhh just to make me feel better. I think my body has finally recovered from all the random twists and turns I’ve had to do to get all those hard-to-reach corners, though it may have needed a couple naps to feel better. Now, if only I could find a new tv stand with way more storage in a mid-century modern style…

XOXO,

Ashley

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Treasure Hunting {I wish I was a picker}

Once a month, I head out with the hopes of finding some new interior inspiration or cheap finds to add to the house. And though I didn’t buy anything TODAY (I may head back tomorrow…), I did find some fun things to ooh and ahh over which I thought that I would share with you!

What a gorgeous vintage owl print. It looks like something from an antique book’s pages. But, it was a bit out of the budget at $55.

LOOK at that pillow. I mean, LOOK AT IT! It’s great. It was squishy and comfy for a bolster pillow, but it was also a bit too much money ($42). Come on though, wouldn’t it look awesome in our living room?

Another fantastic accessory! These two vases are so graphic and awesome, it’s hard not to take them home with me. But again, the price wasn’t there for me. The one on the left was $28 and the right $39 (not sure why there was the price difference).

Now he’s just adorable. This may be one of those things that I go back for tomorrow. He was just jumping out at me from his small spot on a shelf.

These were BIG floor pillows in black and white. I’d love to have them, to just toss them around on the floor, but…they were about $69 a piece. Yikes!

Now, some of those things above may have to eventually find their way into my house. Or at least I will take the idea and try to make my own version (huge floor pillows? printed vase? hmmm…). I’ll do whatever it takes. But there were some things at the sale that were, for sure, way out of the budget. These are the splurges that were too gorgeous to NOT take a picture of, but did not (and will not) come home with me.

This sucker was about $300, but wouldn’t it look AWESOME on a wall in the family room?

Entrez et buvez un Coca Cola. So beautiful! I’ve seen a lot of old Coke memorabilia but never a French sign. Too, too cool. And too, too expensive ($289).

So it was a fun morning searching for inspiration. And it may have to happen again tomorrow. I just love searching for new/old things to add to the home. What do you think? Is $300 reasonable for that Coke sign? I think so!

 

XOXO,

Ashley