Okay-if you read yesterday's post then I know you're wanting to see how we changed the paint colors in our new house. To catch you up, here are some pictures of what we were working with, starting with the dining room painted in a deep burgundy just off the front entryway:
The dining room from the other angle:
The kitchen was a similar dark color, this time red:
A view of the kitchen with the eat in kitchen taken from the living room which is painted in a light green color:
The living room taken from the kitchen, the entry is just to the left.
This TV alcove was probably a great upgrade when the house was built 16 years ago but wouldn't work at all with today's TV dimensions:
The other side of the living room with the stairs to the second level. The kitchen is just to the left and the entry just to right.
The master bedroom was a rusty orange color. I love the big windows and molding.
The master bath is huge (especially considering the entire family shared one tub/shower for the last year in England!) It was also the orange color:
Seriously loving that shower, and loving not sharing my bathroom with three little boys anymore!!
Lastly, the upstairs bonus room which was a huge selling point for me with the house. I picture this area as a place where my three boys can grow and hang out with friends as they get into their teenage years. Also a great place to watch family movies, etc.
All of the paint colors were the very "on trend" colors by Sherwin Williams 16 years ago when the house was built, but I felt it was time for an update and wanted to give the house a more modern, neutral color scheme. I decided on the following colors from Sherwin Williams:
I had originally thought everything in the main living areas would be Agreeable Gray with the exception of the dining room and master bath which would be Dorian Gray and then paint the master Chelsea Gray. Our painter who has a huge amount of experience kindly suggested we do the kitchen the deeper Dorian Gray as well to give the room transition more of a subtle contrast rather than it being the same color as the living room next to it. We happily agreed and the house looks markedly different now!
Before I show you all the after pictures let's address this little eyesore:
This TV alcove was such an akward shaped for modern TVs...I turned to some of my favorite blogging friends for suggestions and as usual they did not disappoint, offering everything from making it hidden secret storage to shiplapping the entire mantel! In the end our painter offered to disconnect the electrical and drywall over it for a very reasonable price and we opted for that-best to get it done and taken care of all in one swoop with the painting!
(For anyone in the Savannah area we used TM Specialty Painting & Remodeling Services recommended by our realtor Carol Anne Hazelman and the level of quality was beyond expectation. Highly recommend both the painters and our realtor!)
So the afters-these are all iPhone photos, no staging, you may see boxes because we just received the items we stored while we were in England for a year, but hey-this is real life folks!! First our new improved mantel with no gaping TV alcove!
Then on to the kitchen, it's amazing to me how different the finishes look just with the change of paint! You can see it is a slightly deeper gray than the living room in front of it.
The stairs too look very different with the different paint, we also opted to paint the recesses on the wall (that will later hold art?) the same color as the walls to reduce the appearance of dust at the suggestion of our painter.
The dining room...I love how the moldings pop against the gray. We may end up using this as an office for my husband as we don't really use a formal dining room much in normal life.
The master bedroom (yes, that is an air mattress and yes, we will be sleeping on that for about two months while we wait for our things to arrive from England. Military life is very glamorous I assure you!) We asked for the tray to be painted in the ceiling and it turned out beautifully. We did this in our house in North Carolina too and loved the dimension and height it gave the room!
The master bathroom was an even more drastic change. The finishes in here definitely looked much better with the cooler colors!
Upstairs the bonus room also had a huge makeover and overall looked much lighter and brighter after the updated paint.
So please let me know what you think of the paint if you've made it this far through the blog post!! Too much gray? I wondered if it would be but I think once we have all of our belongings here and pictures on the wall I think it will look a lot different. (We'll see in September lol!)
And in case things haven't been hectic enough, last week I also bought a new minivan:
And next week we will add a new little member to our family! (If you follow me on Facebook you know our previous cat went missing in April over in England and despite our best efforts we never found him-we were heartbroken, especially after losing our dog last year as well. We've had no pets since then and we're all looking forward to having a furry friend in the house again as soon as she's spayed and ready to come home with us!)
(Any name ideas? It's a girl!)
Thanks for reading, let me know what you think of the paint!
sharon S says
Love the gray in all the rooms..It's a beautiful house..All the best in it! I'd go with Gypsy as the name for the adorable kitty
Thank you Sharon! We ended up naming her Jinxy and she's amazing, we love her so much! ~Melissa
Kittie is adorable -- how about Kiana (Hawaiian for Divine, Heavenly)! Love your redo!
Thanks Penny! We ended up naming her Jinxy but I love that name, will have to hold on to that one for the next kitty! ~Melissa
Deborah F Proctor says
Wow...It looks really good!!! I have agreeable gray in my master bedroom and bath. Also in my formal dining room and foyer and I just love! I'm on the way to Lowe's now to get paint for the Family room, Sunroom, and Kitchen. Im going to look at the other grays you used.
I like the subtle change in color, I was very happy the painter recommended it. I'm about to do my office next and I think I'm going to go bright white, we'll see how it turns out! Good luck with your painting! ~Melissa
mickie mclaughlin says
WOW what an amazing transformation. I've been considering repainting my interior rooms in grays and now that I can see what you have done, I am now ready to do it. you have a wonderful home. Show us the gardens next. (SMILE) BTW.....kitty name - Patches.
I love the gray walls in the house. It looks very elegant, and accentuates the beautiful trim. I wish we could do the same in our house, but with gray walls in the gray Pacific Northwest winter, I'd be so depressed, I'd go out of my mind! Not a good choice around here! Your kitten is adorable. I'd name her Cleo.