Category Archives: PAINT COLORS

May 7, 2013

It’s Not White

Let’s talk color scheme. And if you haven’t figured it out already, it’s not white. Why do I mention this? Because nearly every house on our block (all 1950’s ranches) have white trim. Which I love. Well, loved. Now it’s more of a distant friendly relationship. Like, hey girl.. I like that polka dot shirt you’re wearing. Mmmk. See ya later.

Anyway. When we first bought our house I was all gung-ho about painting all the trim white. White trim around the garage door, white trim around the front door, white trim around the windows. You get it. One problem. We have black windows. Call it what you will, but someone was obviously a little house-smitten and committed some serious overlooking in that department.

Now, I’ve mentioned these windows before when designing our kitchen. Long story short, I despised them, and now I’m hopelessly in love, and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Black windows for the win. Plus, ironically they’re making quite the comeback on Pinterest, which has me a little happy and a little mad. You know the whole… “but they were mine first”. It’s whatev.

Sorry, it’s a rambling kind of day.

Moving on to the color scheme. I pinned this next photo over a year ago and never looked back. I’d never imagined an all-dark color scheme could look so good. And we were in luck, our home was nearly the exact same shade of red brick. Alert – DO NOT bother trying to find the paint color names behind this gorgeous photo. They do not exist. Take my word.

Gorgeous Charcoal Trim & Red Brickvia

Β We played around with a few test swatches and finally landed on this color combination. It’s rich, moody, and dare I say.. sexy? Yes. Yes, it is. Heyyy there.

Rich & Moody House Exterior Color Scheme |

Here’s the plan: We’re going black (Black Magic) on the shutters, garage door, gutters and roof. Charcoal (Ashwood Moss) on all the trim, soffits, and to frame out the peek above the garage. A medium gray (Sabre Gray) for inside the “triangle” above the garage and possibly for window boxes. Then, we’ll bring in pops of vibrant color to really lighten things up with a bright yellow door, modern green landscaping, and various shades of purple with flowers. That’s definitely not an extensive landscaping plan, but we’ll get to that part when we get there. We just have a basic idea in mind for now.

Now, here’s my lovely photoshop rendering πŸ˜‰

Rich & Moody House Exterior Color Scheme |

It’s going to be quite the transformation. Hopefully..

Rich & Moody House Exterior Color Scheme |

I’m thinking paint alone will do wonders for our house. And maybe get the neighbors off our backs for a week or two.

Psst – The painting process has officially begun, so we’ll be sharing more progress this week as we go!


April 11, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

When we first began contemplating Ikea’s Adel cabinets for our kitchen remodel, I’ll admit I had a few reservations. One of those being, the glass upper cabinets. With Ikea’s cabinets, the specific door style/color determines the type of glass. And with each color, comes a different glass type. Check out their styles here to see what I mean. And with the Adel cabinets that we preferred in the white finish, that glass style had a ribbed/bubble-ish finish. It’s not good.. at all.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

In fact, I despised it. But we convinced ourselves that we’d eventually swap out the glass (somehow) and took the plunge.

One year later, and we finally worked up the courage to make the switch. This project definitely falls into the category of those “Why didn’t we do this earlier??” changes. And I really want to emphasize how crazy easy and inexpensive this was, because I know just how awful that glass appears and how quickly it can turn potential buyers down. We were almost those buyers.

First, let’s take a look at the back of the cabinet.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

Basically a small piece of wood trim (maybe z shaped?) holds the glass in place, while disguising the unfinished edges of the cabinet.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

When you look up close in person, you can see a few small nails holding that piece of trim in place. They’re a few inches apart and super tiny. Removing them was about as easy as it gets. I just used a small knife I had on hand, but anything strong with a very slim blade will work, and slid it under the trim.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

Gently bend it inwards and the trim slowing begins to detach. Once you have a few nail sections removed you could probably just use your hands to pull it away, but since we were planning to reuse the material I stuck with the knife, in fear that I might snap the trim.

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Here you can see just how tiny the nails are. They are impossible to grip and remove, so we just hammered them in a bit, level to the surface.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

Once you have all the trim removed, which took me about 15 minutes for all four cabinet doors, they’ll start to look like this. Then you’ll want to use a razor knife around the edges of the glass, to separate it from the silicone adhesive.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

Replacing the old glass with a clear glass is just about as easy as reversing the previous steps. We picked up our new glass doors from Home Depot for about $7 each (they’ll cut them to size, free of charge, if you have your dimensions handy). The employee that we spoke with said that this specific glass is typically used for frames, so it’s definitely thinner than the previous glass. We aren’t particularly rough on the cabinets, plus they have dampers (no slamming), so they’re working just fine for us. Just something to consider if that’s not your case.

We used this clear silicone to reattach the new glass to the cabinets as well as reattaching the trim pieces back to the cabinet. You’ll want to go slow with this step, as not to over glue, but you can always chip away excess with a razor knife after everything dries.

Now, before I show the after pics (with a spoiler), let’s talk about the second half of this post! I’ve been dying to get my hands on the back of these glass cabinets ever since we first purchased them. And replacing the old glass with a clear version was the perfect opportunity to showcase something fun. So we went with painting the backs with color! I mulled over a few options, but ultimately decided that I preferred the look of only the back of the cabinet painted, versus the sides and shelves as well.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |

I simply taped off the edges and rolled on a few coats of paint (I used the $6 sample pints from Sherwin Williams).Β And for the sake of keeping things real, I’ll show you my first attempt at a fun color… SW-Melange Green. I thought green was the way to go, and maybe it was, but not this shade.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |

It was fluorescent. Not exactly what I was going for. The next day I quickly painted over it with a color I already had on hand (go figure)Β from painting our kitchen step stool – Ben Moore’s Yellow Brick Road. I’m fully convinced that yellow works better in the space. There are already a number of green accessories, so the yellow is a nice break. It actually look a little brighter here than the green, but that’s just the camera playing tricks on you. Plus, it tames down when the doors are closed, shelves are in, and dishes are in place.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |

Speaking of, we also swapped out the glass shelves with solid white ones.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |


Andddd…. Here’s how we’re looking now!

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |

I’m in love with the white dishes popping off the yellow background. And hello! You can finally see into the cabinets! The left cabinet has all of our daily dishes in it, and the right is more for larger mixing and serving bowls.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |


I’m not really liking the color on color of the right cabinet, so I’m thinking of mixing in a few white pieces with a few colorful pieces on each side. We’ll see. I’m sure it’s something that I’ll play around with over time.

Paint the Backs of Kitchen Cabinets |


Either way… SO much better than the before pic.

Replace Adel Cabinets With Clear Glass |

March 14, 2013


We painted the laundry room… and oh. my. gawd.

It’s so good.

Dark Teal Laundry Room  |

(ignore the unpainted areas – they’ll be covered with trim, cabinetry, etc.)

The room, as a whole, is a bit of a disaster still, but let’s focus on the walls.

The color is Ben Moore’s Summer Nights. It’s a tealish/navyish/peacock blue… Yes, that. And it’s perfect. We went back and forth for quite some time, weighing out all the possible paint selections. On our must have list: something dark, something moody, non-neutral, and it had to have that ‘bam’ factor. Check, check, check, and check.

Dark Teal Laundry Room  |

My instincts had been telling me to go navy ever since I pinned this pic, over a year ago. But after painting our guest bath in Hale Navy, I thought it was a little boring to use the same color. Weird side note – after finally recognizing that teal was the way to go, we realized that Summer Nights was our second color choice for the bathroom. So, we figure the odds are good that we’ll still love it in yet another year.

Dark Teal Laundry Room  |

And I’m such a sucker for paint colors that change tones throughout the day, and this one does just that. In the early morning it looks the most like a true teal, in the afternoon it’s more of a dark teal with hints of navy, and at night, under artificial lighting, it’s almost a dark royal blue. I’m obsessed with it.

Dark Teal Laundry Room  |

As for the process, last time we checked in we’d just wrapped up drywall and were ready to get our paint on. We started with one coat of primer and then three coats of Sherwin Williams Duration in a satin finish. Yes, three. Our go to paint is SW Harmony, but this particular color required an ultradeep base, so Duration was the only way to go. I’ll just say that it wasn’t my best paint experience. Not the worst (by far), I just expected less than three coats on top of priming. Maybe I’m just not used to painting in such vibrant hues. Either way.. I think I’m going to expand my paint brand horizons next time.

Psst- The flooring is officially installed! Can’t wait to share the deets πŸ™‚

December 19, 2012

Coral Painted Ceiling

We painted Zoey’s ceiling this past weekend and it. is. adorable. When it comes to kid’s rooms I’m usually not a huge fan of color explosions. I like to keep things about half neutral, half subtle colors. However, as Zoey’s room has been slowly coming together, I’ve been thinking that it’s missing something special.

No-Sew Curtains via Cape27 Blog

We’d made plans to DIY a headboard for her bed and I was really hoping to find the perfect coral-colored fabric. Well, turns out that’s easier said than done and during the hunt I completely changed my mind anyway – to gray. Yea, I know, more gray. But, when it comes to large pieces of furniture and other major elements in a room, I like to keep things versatile. Sorry coral, you’re not very versatile. And although making a headboard won’t cost us the big bucks, I’m willing to bet it’s not something I’m going to want to do over and over every time I switch up the color scheme.

So, since we now have gray walls, plans for a gray headboard, white bedding, and white furniture, I began to worry that it’d feel a little blah. Insert coral-painted ceiling! We started by stripping down the room and covering the floors with a drop cloth. Painting ceilings can be extremely messy, especially with a textured ceiling like ours. Protect your belongings!

Coral Painted Ceiling |

(we just moved the bed around as we painted rather than moving it out of the room all together)

And here she is all painted!

Coral Painted Ceiling |

Unlike the rest of the home, the bedrooms have popcorn ceilings. They’re not terrible, but we’d change them if it were in the budget. It’s not. You’ll also notice a pretty fantastic paint job where the ceiling meets the walls. Do you sense my sarcasm? No worries, we have intensions of installing crown molding in all the bedrooms at some point that will cover all of this. Probably sooner rather than later in Zoey and Lizzy’s rooms.

I’m in love with how the ceiling turned out. I really struggled in choosing a paint color, fearing that it would come out too pink, or too dark, or too orange. We finally decided on Benjamin Moore’s Pink Polka Dot. It’s the perfect light coral.

Coral Painted Ceiling |

It’s dark enough to really pack a punch, but not too dark that it weighs the ceiling down and makes the room feel smaller. And despite the color’s name, it’s really not a very traditional pink.

I’m so anxious to get that crown molding up there to really finish things off. Here’s a poor attempt at photoshopping some crown in. Eeek! Love.

Coral Painted Ceiling |

Now, lets seriously do something about that awful ceiling light. Get on it.

June 25, 2012

Bath Updates

When we were rushing to move into our new home (before baby arrived) there were a few rooms that were at the top of our priority list. A functioning bath being one of them, next to the kitchen and a bedroom for the girls. Although the bath has been functional for months now, we’ve been slowly working away at a few last minute updates for a “progress post”. A few decorative touches are still in the works like artwork and we should have a bath rug in the mail any day, but other than those we’re about ready to call this room DONE!

Before we fly into the updates, you know I love some before pics. Unfortunately, we only have one πŸ™ But you get the idea. Outdated, run-down, far from functioning, and holy cow this room was ugly.

We took this space back to it’s bones and rebuilt it from scratch. If I haven’t mentioned it before, our home doesn’t have a basement. It sits atop a crawl space, which I could write an entire weeks worth of posts on. We’ll get there eventually. However, point of the topic, the existing bathtub was completely open to the crawlspace below. Hello, duh. It was mold central. Including the surrounding walls. We ripped out and replaced all the drywall after removing and treating the affected areas with a bleach solution.

We installed new hex tile flooring as well as subway tile in the tub surround, which we chose to take to the ceiling. Love. We used horizontal bead board around the rest of the space just below a chair rail height. We purchased and installed a new tub, toilet, and chrome fixtures. My Dad built us our vanity (best dad ever award right here!), which we later added a vessel sink to and stenciled numbers on to resemble Anthropologies’s Ordinal dresser. An upcoming post will share more details on the vanity and how we saved some serious cash.

Now, onward with the after pictures πŸ™‚

We painted the upper half of the walls using Sherwin Williams No-VOC paint in Eg-Shel, tinted to Ben Moore’s Hale Navy.

We loved the look of individual planks but loved the ease of ‘by the sheet’ Horizontal Plank Bead Board from Lowes even more. So easy.

Horizontal Bead Board |

Well have an upcoming source post including everything from the specific tile used to the accessories found throughout the room.

We had white subway tile in our last home’s master bathroom and didn’t think twice about using it again. There’s just something so serene about a nice clean bright white space.

Subway Tile Bath Surround |

For a little glam, we chose chrome fixtures.

And a detachable shower head for giving the munchkins an easy bath time.

Along with three chrome hooks in a coat and hat style for hanging bath towels.

Chrome Bath Hooks |

Since this will ultimately be the designated bath for the kiddos, we decided on placing theme at their height.

We removed the existing door on the small bath closet for easier access. We tend to keep things fairly presentable behind doors, so we figured an open concept wouldn’t be anymore difficult to keep up with.

Large baskets help group like items and control any clutter. We kept the interior closet shelves that came with the home, but added a thicker trim piece to the fronts to beef them up. And although it’s a little tough to see in this pic, we also painted the closet walls in a contrasting grey color.

Now, que the only picture that captures the new lighting.

Bath Remodel on a Budget |

We had plans of using a pendant here, but after learning that our ceiling height would only allow for a few inches of cord, we opted to go the sconce route. We love love love our new barn light. It brings an entirely new feel to the room. You know we can’t go without some industrial piece in each space. If you can consider a barn light industrial? I say yes.

Barn Light |

It was our splurge. Believe it or not, every other element in the space cost less individually than this light. Pretty good considering we still only spent $199 on it πŸ™‚

In the end our new bath came out fairly close to our original plans in this mood board post.

As I said, we’ll have a few bath posts to follow up this one. A definite source list, a detailed vanity post, and a cost breakdown for sure. Check back for those soon πŸ™‚

How about you guys? Any bath updates lately? We’ve seen some amazing DIY vanities out there in the blogoshere. Share, share!