Summer Tour Of Homes
Since there isn’t much else going on now, I decided to join in with the Blogger’s Summer Tour of Homes. Since our current (rental) house isn’t permenant, you wouldn’t want to see pictures of it – boxes everywhere, etc. I do have a lot of good pictures of our old house though, so let’s tour it!
It was a builder’s spec house that we bought shortly after it was finished. The entire house was yellow when we moved it except for the hall bath, master bedroom and master bathroom which were sage green. (Our rental house is almost the same yellow and I hate it.) We repainted everything except the garage. The interior style is very typical for this area, but very different from how our new house will look. The floor plan is the Frank Betz Chapman with some minor modifications.
We used the formal dining room as the piano room. We painted the walls with the Valspar Brushed Pearl faux finish and I made the curtains since the window was so big.
We originally painted all the main living areas Sherwin Williams Window Pane – a pale silvery blue. Everyone loved it. A big debate while we were selling the house was whether we should paint it a more neutral color. No one ever complained about the color specifically, but we did get comments about the house feeling “cold”.
After 14 months on the market, we finally painted it Behr’s Perfect Taupe. We sold the house 2 months later. Can’t say for sure that the color change made a difference, but it did completely change the feel of the house. While everyone liked the blue, the Taupe was really popular too.
The kitchen had maple cabinets with a cherry stain and mocha glaze. The countertops were Uba Tuba granite with a tumbled marble backsplash with matching granite accents.
The foyer chandelier was originally hanging over the kitchen table. That window gets full morning sun and it was always unbearable in there. Ceiling fans may not be popular, but this one was always on and much needed.
The Kid had the back bedroom which was the largest. David and I made his bed, the dresser is from his crib furniture. The wall color was SW Fleur de Sel – a very pale gray.
The hall bathroom was painted SW Reticence.
The middle bedroom was our second guest room. I made the bed and nightstands. This room was really small, but had a walk-in closet.
The front bedroom was our office. We put shelves and outlets in the closet so all our network gear (router, modem) and printers were hidden in there. We will have something similar in our new house, but they will be in a walk-in closet. The wall color is SW Mindful Gray.
The master bedroom was on the other side of the house and HUGE. We don’t spend much time in our bedroom so the space would have been better used elsewhere. The walls were painted SW Tavern Taupe and the tray ceiling is the 2 shades lighter than it – SW Stone Lion and SW Loggia. The ceiling fan was a Casablanca we brought from our old house.
Both the family room and master bedroom had rope lights in the tray ceilings.
The master bath originally had an awful fiberglass shower. It had 2 seats in it which left about 1 square foot of space to stand. The door was also hinged so it partially swung in, which made it even worse. We should have done it a lot sooner, but we finally tore it out about 2 years before we moved. We used the same tile that is on the floor and tub surround, but accented it with $5 glass mosaic from Home Depot. I painted the walls a pale green to match a glass bottle soap dispenser I bought. I believe the color was Valspar’s Ocean Buff.
We put the Ikea Pax system in the closet with the Komplement interior organizing pieces.
The laundry room paint was SW Sprout – a pale silvery green.
The stairs to the bonus room:
The bonus room was painted Valspar Smoked Oyster and we painted the staircase one shade lighter – Valspar Oatlands Subtle Taupe. We used this space as our main guest room. It worked out great since all of our family was out of state. They had their own space, including their own bathroom, upstairs away from the rest of the house.
The door on the right was a walk-in closet.
The bathroom was painted Valspar Oatbran.
To view virtual pictures of our new house, click HERE.
Which color did you use for the valspar brushed pearl? I want the same for our living room
It was BP25 Warm ‘n Cozy (I just happened to come across the paint chip the other day). I don’t know that it is still in their Brushed Pearl colors, but they may still be able to mix it. This was the closest color to brown they had at the time. The base coat ended up being a burnt orange so we put extra coats of the pearl on to tone it down.
Hi. I absolutely LOVE your cabinet color. What brand of stain did you use on the cabinets? It says “cherry stain with mocha glaze”. Just curious which brand. Thanks.
The builder didn’t tell us the brand name, so I’m not sure (We bought the house after it was finished). Most the builders around here use Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams, so there’s a good chance it’s one of them.
What is the color of the kitchen?
Same as the Family Room – Behr Perfect Taupe.
Do you know what brand/color is the backsplash in the kitchen?
I don’t have a specific brand or color for the backsplash, but it was just the typical 4″ tumbled marble tiles you can pick up almost anywhere (including the big box stores). The diamond accent pieces are squares of Uba Tuba granite, like the countertop.
hi ! My kitchen is so similar! Looking to replace tile – what is the name and brand of the kitchen tile featured? Thanks 🙂
The floor tile is Ilva Pietre Travertine Beige in the 14×14 size.
I just want to thank you for posting before and after photos of your living room. Based on your color choices and photos, I chose the Behr Perfect Taupe for my master and guest room, Behr Silky White for ceiling throughout house and the trim. I absolutely love it! And best yet — I had two offers within 3 days of putting my house on the market.
So thank you for all of your help and sharing your success stories. Keep up the great work!
Catherine 6/2015 — Georgetown Tx
Wow, that’s awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing!