Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Up to my Elbows

I have been up to my elbows in paint recently- though I suppose the biggest (and most expected) is that we finally have the living room completely painted. I batted around a lot of colors for this room- I even debated about some serious tape-ege after being inspired by Kenz's master bedroom.

Last you saw the room, it was a couple paint samples up on the wall and some curtains.


We also had already done the seal against the fireplace.


The two paint samples that were on the wall already were Ice by Behr and Mermaid Song by Behr. I loved the mermaid song because it perfectly matched the leaves in my recliner, which has been a serious pain in the ass to decorate for (apparently I love the colors, but normal stores don't carry much in the way of Mermaid Song accessories...)

But at the end of the day, I thought about how much wear and tear has already been put on our poor Karlstad sectional and thought that given the opportunity to get a cover that was not dry clean only (which they have now, but they didn't when we purchased it) , I would hate to have to redecorate/paint over a crazy paint scheme, if said cover wasn't a color that went with the Mermaid (like, let's get crazy, kelly green or something)

So, I threw up a splotch of some left over Nimbus Cloud that we had in the basement. We love how Nimbus looks in our dining room and since the rooms flow together, we thought it might be nice. After staring at it for awhile though, it seemed a lot darker than it does in the dining room. So, we did a 50/50 ratio of Nimbus cloud and White to see how we liked it.


The living room faces North, and the front covered porch/is 5 feet away from our neighbor's house, so not a lot of light comes in. Plus, the little light that does come in is usually blocked by the blinds because Bridget get's rambunctious and attacks the window if she can see the street.

So, long story short, we went with the lighter shade.

Remember in our Q&A video, someone asked us how we do projects with the dogs in the house? This room was a prime example of how much a pain in the ass dogs can be sometimes.

This room has no doors, so it's quite difficult to keep them out. I was only able to paint when Nate was home so he could keep them occupied and away from me. I also hate painting rooms that already have furniture in them, the rearranging is irritating to me.


After several nights of painting, and putting the room back together, we finally have a fully painted and warm living room. I'm slowly getting rid of all this builder beige (who painted builder beige in a 107 year old house, I don't know...), and it makes me happy.

May I present, the living room.



I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Did Santa bring you anything fantastic?

12 comments:

  1. It really goes wells with your sassy curtains. And I think the recliner looks great in it!

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    1. Thanks! The struggle for the curtains was all worth it!

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  2. Looks great! I think it makes the chair look more at home in the room, even though it's not mermaid song. I'm not sure why....it might just be the angle you took the picture from, actually--but, either way, I like it!

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    1. Awww thanks, Gretchen! lol No matter what, the recliner rocks my world, it's so comfy!

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  3. I LOVE it! I am always amazed to see how neutral and gray rooms can look so bright and lively with the right rug and accessories. So pinning!!!!

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  4. The new paint looks amazing! Paint on the walls really does wonders! Our walls are white and lonely - we need paint! I think I want a light gray color =)

    Have a happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year! Gray really works well, especially if you're like us and have lots of orange/red wood!

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  5. Looks great! What a warm looking room.

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    1. Thanks very much, we still have a long way to go, but it's getting there! (As you can obviously tell by the fact that the coffee table only has ONE piece of glass...whoops)

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