Since the drywall finished we have been moving really fast at finishing everything up. The last two weeks we got the house scratched and browned and all that is left is to put the last coat: color. Then M and I will put the siding and trim on the front, paint and be *eeek* done! haaahaa. At least with the house. We still need to put our front yard back together. And it’s a mess. Anyone like digging ditches? I didn’t think so…

I’m a sucker for Benjamin Moore paints. The paint levels out and looks amazing. It’s worth the extra cost and it never has disappointed me. They’ve been around since the 1800s and have thousands of colors. All those choices can be good and bad – I can be pretty indecisive. Especially with color. In school I spent an entire year studying the color spectrum. It took me days just to pick the white of our ceilings and trim…I let E pick the color of her room just because I was sick of picking out colors. It took her five minutes to pick it out. Her room is very colorful.

The pics don’t do the paint justice, but I didn’t feel like taking photos with my nice camera since I’m going to be taking more when all the finish work is done. Hope you enjoy the transformation as much as I do!

The entry, living and kitchen and main body of the house (also known as the default) is painted in BM Stonington Gray in eggshell. It’s a light gray that reads blue/gray in early morning light and then true gray to greige in afternoon light. It’s crisp/clean and a great backdrop to art and family photos. I’m really loving it paired with the crisp white we chose for trim and ceilings: BM Decorator’s White. I’m a rebel and I like to break rules – especially when you know you are breaking them. The ceilings are not flat, they are eggshell and they glow. It makes them seem higher and really makes the whole space feel alive.
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The stairwell is painted in BM Decorator’s White eggshell on the walls and the ceiling is BM Iceberg in eggshell.
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BM Iceberg is beautiful. It has a hint of gray but is a sophisticated, neutral, barely there blue. It’s like sky on a bright summer day. I used this same color on my closet walls paired with BM Decorators White on the ceiling and in the playroom.
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Red’s room: BM Decorators White eggshell walls and BM Iceberg eggshell ceiling. Red loves neon colors and wants all of her accessories to be neons. She will have a chandelier over her bed painted bright yellow and I am toying with the idea of adding neon pink polka dots on the Iceberg part of her wall. There will be a chair rail/ledge between the Iceberg and the Decorators White.
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E’s room: BM Sea Mist Green eggshell walls and Decorators White eggshell ceilings. E’s going to have built in bookshelves/daybed/storage on her main wall and it will be Decorators White. I think the Sea Mist is going to really make the bright white pop. I’m also planning to add some matte gold accents to her room.
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The Jack and Jill bath: I wanted a warm off-white for the walls. I ended up mixing a few of my sample pots in with my leftover BM White Dove so this color is a “custom” color. Good luck making it. It’s BM Mayonaise, BM Snowfall White and BM White Dove its a mix of eggshell and satin sheens – so it’s closer to their pearl. And because it didn’t cost me anything extra and is just about what I was going for, I love it. I also made vinyl polka dot decals (tutorial) with matte nickel spray paint for the walls. The ceilings are BM Decorators White eggshell.
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The Master Bedroom: I painted it BM Nimbus Gray eggshell. I’m not totally sold on this color – but it’s pretty popular – so I figured that would be good enough and at this point I was tired of being indescisive. It’s blue with gray, surprise – as if the name wasn’t telling enough. I think it will look great with our white built-in coffee station and chrome accents. The ceiling is again BM Decorators White in eggshell. The funny thing about Nimbus Gray, BM has a Nimbus – which is actually very gray and Nimbus Gray which is blue. Go figure. It’s like they’re messing with us.
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The Master Bath: BM Decorators White ceilings in eggshell, BM Stonington Gray main body.
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Toilet room: BM Stormy Sky in eggshell.
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Back downstairs in the old master bedroom/new guest room we painted it the same color is was before, not because it was the most amazing color ever. But, because I had a gallon of it left over from the last time we painted it. It’s BM Rockport Gray in eggshell, the ceilings are BM White Dove in eggshell, the bathroom is BM Stormy Sky (yes I had a gallon of this laying around). Rockport Gray is a very true greige. It’s a gray that reads green/brown/gray depending on the lighting, time of day and colors around it. I like it. I’m hoping this will one day be a nursery and I’m planning to pair it with bright orange. In the meantime it’s a great guestroom color. Stormy Sky is just as it’s name suggests: it’s how I would paint the clouds 30 minutes after sunset just before a hailstorm. It’s dark gray. Infact, if pressed, I’d call it a midnight gray that reads blue in bright light. It seems fitting for toilet rooms.
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Last, but not least, is our “Fancy Bath”. When I first moved in, I’m not going to lie, I hated this bathroom. I think the tile in the shower is HIDEOUS. The wonderful thing about paint is you can take an element that is *ahem* not your favorite, but semi-permanent, and highlight it so that it seems more of a choice/statement rather than an “oopsie”. So, paired with BM White Dove on the walls and ceiling made the tile look fabulous. I’m actually happy with the bathroom now. I’m probably going to paint the vanity (eventually). I can live with this bathroom for a long time and M and I now refer to it as the fancy bath. I bought the mirror from someone on Facebook for $20.
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While I painted M followed behind me and installed the switches, wallplates, register trims, vent trims and light trims. With painting done it’s time to move on to flooring/tiling the showers and I’m so excited!

One Thought on “Painting, electrical, and stucco, oh my!

  1. Sue St.George on April 11, 2014 at 6:41 am said:

    Nice job guys

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