Hi, friends! Today I’m excited to share with you our latest fixer upper home makeover project… NEW PAINT!!! This week marks 7-years in our home! It was about time we stopped procrastinating and painted — we’re SO happy with the end result! Luckily, we haven’t had to do much with regards to remodeling since we moved in July 2012. Last year we tackled updating our master bedroom/bathroom with fresh paint and new furniture and we spruced up our backyard with a playset and paver patio.
This Summer, Ryan and I were both itching for a project and we agreed to tackle some painting together. The walls were looking a bit outdated and dingy with age. Throughout our entire house was this beige/taupe color… while there is certainly nothing wrong with this color as it is versatile throughout our home… it just was becoming a bit boring and dated… plus our living room was a dark, dark green that had to go! We had a contractor quote us how much it would cost to outsource the whole thing (because… toddlers!)… he told us $3,200 which included labor and supplies… So!… we decided to save the cash and do it all ourselves! Talk about an arm workout!
We started this project thinking that it would take all summer long… we weren’t really in a rush to get it done (since we procrastinated for almost 7-years now!). We were quite proud of ourselves that we tackled this project in only a few weeks and we strategically painted our entire downstairs… the downstairs foyer/hallway (and the upstairs hallway), family room, kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom. We figured while all the paint supplies were out… and we were motivated… that we just kept going room-by-room primarily during nap time… because paint, wet brushes, tape, and ladders do not mix with 2 toddler boys running around the house!!
When it came to choosing paint colors for the entire downstairs of our home it was quite a daunting task! Will all the colors blend together? How many colors is too much? While I’ve heard that you can paint the interior of a house in all one color… I wanted to mix things up a bit! I began scouring paint ideas on Pinterest, reading blog posts, all things Chip & Joanna Gaines, and made several trips to various paint stores. As a wife, mom, and party planner that loves to entertain… I wanted the color palette in our home, along with the accompanying furniture, to feel cozy, inviting, and uplifting. I was on the hunt to find a calm, serene color palette. The pressure was on the find the perfect neutral and timeless blue/green/gray color tones to give our home a fresh and airy look! After consolidating all the colors and testing out samples on the wall we decided on the Sherwin Williams color palette above. We touched up the trim throughout the downstairs, refreshed the photos in all the frames, and polished the furniture along the way too… the rooms feel so much bigger now… it truly feels like a brand new home!
I went back-and-forth on which gray to pick for our foyer, family room, and upstairs hallway! I’m not exaggerating that I compared roughly 12 gray swatches on the wall before narrowing down my choice. I wanted a classic, crisp gray that did not have too strong undertones… Repose Gray is one of the top-selling colors with Sherwin Williams. While Repose Gray isn’t a true grey… it is technically a “greige” color (a slight mixture of grey and beige)… but it’s a very, very subtle warm grey. I love how it pops with our hardwood floors too. Many homeowners will paint this color throughout their entire home before putting it on the market because it’s so neutral and versatile for every room. The SW website is really helpful in offering various tools to gather room inspiration, finding and exploring colors with the visualizer tool, and you can even take a picture in your home and upload it to digitally put various paint colors on the wall. We are incredibly pleased with Repose Gray!! It’s bright and airy which lightens every room.
Now to my favorite part… showcasing the before photos (on the left) and the after photos (on the right)!! Hope this home renovation makeover inspires YOU to put some fresh paint on the walls in your home. Now it’s time for me to plan a dinner party to show this house off! 🙂
Foyer + upstairs/downstairs hallway
It was quite challenging reaching those high ceilings!!
Fresh paint: Repose Gray, Sherwin Williams
Fresh paint: Repose Gray, Sherwin Williams
Fresh paint: Sea Salt, Sherwin Williams
Fresh paint: Smoky Azurite, Sherwin Williams
Still need curtains in this room… but what a difference!!