A few weeks ago I showed you what our house looked like when we first moved in! It’s only been three months since our closing, but it’s already looking SO different thanks to a few coats of paint.

The first thing we wanted to tackle was painting the living room, dining area, and the kitchen since they are what you first see when you walk into the house. Paint is my kind of project because it is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact without having to spend a ton of money, and I was dying to get rid of the creamy yellow that was in almost every single room!

 

So let’s chat about paint colors real quick. I decided to do a shade of white to take advantage of all of our natural light and give the room a fresh look. We also wanted to paint the fireplace white, but have just enough contrast between the brick and the walls. So now we were faced with the dilemma of choosing not only 1 shade of white, but 2! And if you know anything about white paint colors you know there is just waaaay too many to choose from.

Every time we would go to Lowes I would stare at the wall of paint chips and pick up a bunch to add to my growing collection. I started narrowing them down until I had 3 that I liked. We landed on Sherwin Williams Pure White, Valspar Mineral Ash, and Valspar Cool Gray.  Next step was to get samples of each to test out on the walls.

Paint samples are a MUST! Paint colors can look so different once you put them on the wall, and even look different wall to wall depending on the lighting in the room. So we got our three samples and I went to town testing them out on a few different walls.

Here is where we landed. We ended up painting the fireplace the same white as the trim. The previous owners had left a few gallons behind so not only did they save us a few dollars, but by keeping only 2 shades of white in the room we could avoid colors clashing. Then for the walls, we went with Valspar Cool Gray. It had just the right amount of contrast against the fireplace and didn’t feel too stark.

Here’s a look at the before and after, and a few behind the scenes shots.

Fireplace

(Before)

(After)

Living Room

(Before)

(After)

Dining Area

(Before)

(After)

My Office

We had a ton of paint leftover from the living/dining areas, so I decided to use it in my office as well. Here’s how this space turned out.

(Before)

(Before)

(After)

(After)

Guys, I feel like we are in a completely different house, and all we did was PAINT! Of course we’ve got a ton of other projects on our list, but watching our house turn into our home over these past few months has been a dream come true! Nothing makes me happier than being able to gather with family around our dining table, or lounge in the living room with friends for a movie night.

Now I’m off to our next painting project…the front door! Have a great weekend friends!