But the color turned out really great, so you get to hear about our new paint anyway.
We painted our living room. I told you that. The process was….I mean, relatively painless to me, but I know Jay will tell you it was the worst thing in the world and I’m so indecisive and OMG. It’s kind of true but also kind of legit, because if I had rushed and chosen the wrong color then he’d have to paint all over again so REALLY me taking my time to pick a color was a favor to him.
The painting had to happen. When we bought the house three years ago, the entire thing was one color: Contractor Beige. It was fine, and looked good because it was freshly and professionally done when we moved in, but after a year I got the itch for a new color, and we painted my office charcoal. Then a year later we painted the kitchen and dining rooms. And, now, we have painted the living room. The common areas of our house are almost completely redone, the bedrooms and bathrooms are still untouched. I’m ok with it. One step at a time, all that.
We started with all the swatches, and narrowed it down to 4. I got those little samples and we slapped them on the wall, and then I hated and doubted all four of them, so we bought 2 more. 6 swatches on the wall! And then I chose one of the original 4 colors, AND the color that everyone had said was THE color from just the teensy little paint square. Of course. The problem was that from the samples everything looked too blue OR too white, and I didn’t think there was a good middle ground. I wanted something light and bright, but not beachy, but still saturated and earthy, but not too gray. Easy, right? Riiiiiight.
So we picked, and we picked right, and it was great. Lowe’s is our BFF for paint, and luckily we did this on Memorial Day when the paint sale was happening! Buttttt it was a paint sale that wasn’t really a sale, you have to submit your receipts for a mail-in rebate, which I still have to do. So Lowe’s is kind of our paint frenemy I guess.
We went with Valspar’s Glass tile: kind of blue, kind of green, light but not too light, bright but not too bright. Look how good Jake looks scratching his neck for the entire 10 minutes I was trying to take this picture! The color was actually a teeeny bit for my preference right at first, but then when we got all of our dark and neutral accessories back out and on the wall I actually loved it. I’m not crazy about the curtains (see above picture with old paint) – they went fine with the old paint and go fine with this, but I’m thinking I want something new. Any suggestions?
So there you have it – a great new color for relatively little money, which is my favorite thing about painting. In a weekend you can have what feels like a new room for under $100, and it forced us to get rid of some ugly/dated/old pictures and accessories that we just didn’t love anymore. A lot of what we had working with the tan was brown/red/yellow, and I was just OVER the warm stuff. The brown and gray couch now looks decidedly cool, and I’m super obsessed AND wanting to change a few more things to make everything look even more intentional, but I haven’t the foggiest idea how to accomplish that. Can someone please come re-decorate for free so I can learn a thing or two?