Monday, November 16, 2009

Paint Reveal!

Finally!!! I have been waiting for my camera to get back from being repaired to take pictures of the paint we did in That 70's House.

I have to give a shout out to Maria Killam at Colour Me Happy. She is a professional color designer (? I think that's her title!), and she was willing to open up her blog to color questions one day. I jumped on the chance to get some advice on what color to paint my living room, since I have such awkwardly colored furniture that I don't want to replace yet.

Originally I was looking at some dark sage greens and beiges that would have been waaay too dark for our front room. Maria pointed me towards Bleeker Beige from the Benjamin Moore paint line. I love it!

I ended up color matching my Benjamin Moore sample with the color scanner in Home Depot, and came home with Gobi Desert from the Behr paint line for about half the price. We're on a budget since we are still paying on 2 houses at this point!

The camera does not do this paint job justice. We hired a friend to do the painting, and here are the results...

We even painted the front door!

Maria recommended painting all of our blonde wood. I was a tad hesitant to cover up natural wood, but I hated that blonde with a passion so we went for it. Such a good decision!

What are those spots?? I thought we got the camera fixed!

Maria also helped me out with our mess of a wall. She recommended covering the closet with paint, and we even got our friend to continue the white baseboard on the bottom of the door. It makes that wall look much more seamless.
Here is the progression of work on this wall...

Do you think I should paint the hinges and knob?


We even continued the paint down the hallway and covered all of the blonde doors. Looove it!
So that's our paint job in the living room... We still have the pictures to hang in several spots, and then we are off into the bedroom!


Melissa said...

I think it looks awesome! I love how beige is always good and timeless. Great job!

Maria Killam said...

That looks so amazing! Wow you just jumped on my advice and went for it, so great. . . I might have to see how I can weave this post into my blog somewhere!

Mo said...

Looks awesome! Nice work! MIL would go all apeshit happy and crazy and call those "spots" "orbs" and tell you you have good spirits all over your house.

She purposely takes TONS of pictures just to try to take pictures of "orbs".

DesignTies said...
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DesignTies said...

Everythink looks great! And look how terrific Bleeker Beige (Gobi Desert) looks next to your front entry tiles... perfect match! Isn't Maria fantastic?! Painting the wee closet door the wall colour was a great idea... and how perfect does it look with the faux baseboard trip across the bottom?! Your painter/friend did a wonderful job :-)

Victoria @ DesignTies

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Sweet! Painting the wood was the right choice, for sure. Also - I love your hallway light! Where did you get it?

Jen said...

Maria is amazing, and how clever of you to follow her advice. Love the new look

Tammylee said...

looks great, i would try painting out some of the "necessary boxes" i.e. - looks like thermostats, door bell box??? in the hallway, make all the ugly things that we have to have fade away

Irene Amundson said...

Wow our house was built in the 70's and looks soo much alike! Crazy!