|Our open floor plan is all painted!|
Challenge 1: Picking the paint palette. With the fabrics, carpeting and artwork as our guide, we picked one color for the main living area, another for the bedrooms and a 3rd for the hallway bathroom. Because this house is going on the market, we wanted something neutral, but with enough color so the beautiful new moldings we've installed will 'pop'!
|Sherwin Williams 'Rice Grain'|
The main living space, however, was supposed to be Sherwin Williams Softer Tan. It looked great on the paint chip, great with the cream colored cabinets and all our fabric choices. But, when we painted the test sample in the kitchen next to our new cabinets, it just looked drab and muddy ( Of course, that's why we always buy a sample to try in our lighting, on our walls!) So, back to the drawing board.
Several years ago, we lived in a house with walls painted a beautiful soft green/gray/beige. I know, it seems odd to call it three colors at once, but as the light shifted in the room, the color constantly seemed to change. I LOVED the color, but it didn't match any color chips on my pile of paint decks and we never learned what the color was. But, when we did some remodeling, I kept a piece of painted drywall, because I knew I wanted to use the color again.
Fast forward several years and I whipped out my tired piece of drywall and took it to my friends at Sherwin Williams. They mixed it up for me and I named it 'Cream of Celery Soup' (does anyone still eat Cream of Celery Soup anymore? My mother always used it to make casseroles when I was growing up! Hmmm.....does anyone even make casseroles anymore?).
I put up the sample and it looked beautiful!!! With the same color shifting qualities I remembered from our old house. And a nice neutral backdrop for everything else. Hooray - we're ready for the painters!
Challenge 2: Color Consistency. The folks from Backman Painting got right to work priming the walls and ceilings. Next, they did a fantastic job spraying all the doors and molding to create a fabulous, flawless finish. Remember our nice new fireplace surround and mantle? What do you think, now that it's all caulked and painted. Isn't it beautiful?
Next step was the wall color. The Rice Grain color in the bedrooms looks beautiful.
|Master Bedroom - front view|
|Repainting the Stairwell|
They quickly finished the rest of the space and all the details (and enjoyed a little bit of our nice spring weather!).