Stepping back to last year, I shared my motivation for a new beginning and the bare bones of the house that I just purchased for me and the kids.
Talk about vanilla. The walls were an off-white, with matching off-white doors, and matching off-white ceilings and lest we forget, the off-white molding and carpet. (Except the kitchen which is this gold tone paint, which I do not like at all.) On one hand, it was a clean palate to work with and no serious decorating issues to overcome…… yet, I felt like I was apartment living again.
The previous owner left me some brown sheers in the living room/dining room windows and they matched well with my dining and office furniture, so I kept those and decided that espresso was going to be a key accent color in those rooms, but that is the only decision I made for months.
I guess you can say I was looking for inspiration. My previous home was entirely painted with Sienna Sand from Monarch Paint, which I had the builder do before we moved in. It gave the house an immediate warm feeling and helped the high ceilings not look so cavernous.
I did not want to replicate that look again. Especially since this house is much smaller and the ceilings are fairly normal in height. Maybe a cooler look on the walls was in order, warmed up with wood floors and darker accents, like this……
After many months of watching dirty handprints accumulate on the chalky off-white walls, I found this picture on Pinterest and was immediately in love with this look.
Owner of this internet picture was kind enough to post the color of the wall paint (Martha Stewart’s Coir) and so it began. (I’ll share the paint color details and the adventures in getting this paint in my next blog.)
I loved the wall color, the black doors, and the bright white molding. It was classic and low key at the same time. I thought it would be a good fit for my new smaller home.
Here is another pic I found with similar features…
I picked a wall in my home that had a door and some molding and I decided it would be my ‘test’ wall.
First, I painted the door with Black Semi Gloss. I started with sanding the door to etch the existing paint and wiped it down with a damp cloth. The first coat was not pretty.
I sanded between coats, wiped it down with a wet cloth and let dry after sanding. I completed 3 coats and let each side dry for 24 hrs before handling.
Since I was also changing out the hinges, I removed the door from the frame and just painted them in the living room on top of saw horse and plastic sheeting underneath.
The original hinges where painted off-white and were a brass color underneath (there was no saving them for this project). The door knobs are brushed nickel, which I love love love, so I bought matching hinges.
Next I painted the wall with the Coir and then the baseboards with a bright white latex semi-gloss (I don’t do oil-based paints if I can help it).
And bam! Here is my test wall!
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
So you don’t have scroll up, here is the BEFORE picture again.
Now, I’m inspired.
Stay Calm and Thrive!