Our house is very neutral. Except for the office and the laundry room, we haven't done much in the way painting. After talking to our neighbors this past weekend, we learned that the previous two owners didn't do much either. Or any, by the sounds of things. In the ten plus years our home has existed, it sounds as though nary a paint brush or roller has touched the walls since they were first painted. Is that typical? I'm not sure, to be honest. When we first looked at the house it didn't scream "Paint me!" It looked, and was, well-maintained and clean. Now that we know it hasn't been painted for so long, well, it's encouraging us to do some refreshing! Want a hint of the color we picked?
Is it worth it to wash a roller if you're out of paint and it's such a dark color? Or is it better to just let it dry out and toss it? I pondered this as I spent who knows how long working the paint out of this roller. I'd love your opinions on this question!
Back to our neutral walls. We thought we'd start reducing the amount of beige in our bedroom. Yes, the walls and the ceiling are all the same color
I get that this is an easy way for builders to get in and get 'er done. But really, it's a bit drab. And I love me a white ceiling. It makes everything feel brighter and breaks up the wall color, even if the wall color is not far off of white anyway! We'll get there some day. For now, we focused on this wall.
My apologies for the pictures. It is really difficult to get good photos in this room because there is so much natural light. Also, we tend to do much of our DIY projects after the girls are in bed, so sometimes the light is just, well, difficult.
We've got textured walls. Raise hands for a show of knock-down walls? I love it and hate it all at once. Just like our neutral paint color, our texture is everywhere. It makes painting a bit more of a project because it seems no matter how well you prep and tape, there is usually some kind of bleeding of paint under the tape. We did our best though and luckily, somehow, we ended up with some pretty crisp lines! Sigh of contentment inserted here :)
So, did you guess what color did we went with? If you read about my husband's office transformation, you know that we are big fans of Farrow and Ball. The colors are gorgeous and the paint is so thick it's like Greek yogurt. It goes on and coats really well. For our textured walls, we used a 3/4 inch nap to help fill in all the gaps and crevices. For the office we used a mammoth 18 inch roller, but for this one wall, we went with a more standard 9 inch size. We loved both the Down Pipe and the Black Blue, but ultimately went with the later. Since it was only one wall, we went dramatic.
This color is funny in that the first coat looks almost green and rather spotty. Yes, we are painting by the light of the moon. How romantic, no?
We actually managed to get the first coat done in one evening and the second coat the next afternoon. Our neighbors are fabulous and their girls kept our girls busy while we finished the wall and got everything cleaned up! Can't beat that.
Now we are in need of some trimmings. Our wish list includes:
The space is still a work in progress, but at least it's in progress! Now that we've got the wall done, the rest will come along much more easily. We are definitely open to suggestions, so please feel free to share any you have!
I'm Tonia, a Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado. I'm a mom of two lovely littles, a yoga instructor, DIY-er, teacher, stay at home mom, and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. I blog about a little bit of all of these and everything in between!
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