The Painting Begins
The office began the first room to be completely painted yesterday. I had painted the trim last week and we painted the walls yesterday. We went with the same color we repainted our last house shortly before we sold it – Behr’s Perfect Taupe (PPU18-13).
It’s a good mix of gray and brown and I thought it was a safe choice for the office between the combination of woods in there and not knowing what furniture will ultimately end up in there. I thought it was going to seem darker in there, but it’s actually quite a bit lighter which is nice.
For some reason, I had a hard time getting the white balance correct on these pictures which is why the color looks a slightly different in each one. Despite the way it may look, there is no green, yellow or any other hues in the paint color – it’s pretty straight grey/brown.
On a side note, this is the desk I would LOVE to get for the office. The wood and the metal go perfect with the office ceiling and it’s black metal braces. Unfortunately, the price isn’t even remotely considerable and I lack the welding skills to make it myself 🙁
I wasn’t planning on painting anything else this weekend, but David said we might as well. We were actually done with the office around noon on Saturday so it didn’t take as long as we expected. After tossing around some ideas, we decided to paint the foyer and living room ceilings. It wasn’t fun, but we got it done. There is quite a contrast between the ceiling (Behr Silky White – PPU7-12) and trim (match of Sherwin Williams Linen Cloth – SW1150) now.
After a couple recent discussions, we had decided it was best to paint the ceiling of each room first, then the walls, then the trim. That ended up being a good decision because it was near impossible to keep the ceiling paint off the crown molding. I’ll paint the walls next, which will also inevitably get on the trim too. Saving the trim for last will save me just having to touch it up again later. The picture below has the crown molding in the old trim color surrounded by the new ceiling and trim color.
There is a glimpse above of my other task this week – to pick a color for the main part of the house. I picked up a sample of my first choice – Behr Mineral – earlier this week and painted a couple patches in the living room and kitchen. It is a very light warm grey, but it kept having a slight pink cast once I got it on the walls. It never looks that way on the chip, but it does on the wall. I finally decided it was going to drive my nuts, so I started looking for other options. Everyone online swears by Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter as being a great grey-beige, so I tried to find something similar by Behr. I bought samples of 4 more colors and painted more patches on the walls and on a board with the trim color as the background.
The paint chip on the middle right is the new office color for reference. BM Revere Pewter is on the bottom of the left chip. The bottom right patch was my first choice, Mineral. I ruled out the bottom left patch, Aged Beige, because it has too much yellow in it. That left the top 3 colors.
I painted those 3 on the walls and surrounded the living room swatches with the trim color so they wouldn’t be touching the current wall color (which makes everything look really grey in comparison).
The kitchen swatches are next to the back door, so they have the old trim color on one side and the new on the other. (The paint chip taped to the wall is the new office color.)
I really like the Cotton Grey, but am worried it will be too “cold”. The Wheat Bread keeps giving off a pink cast similar to the Mineral I had considered, so I’ve ruled that out. That leaves the Sculptor Clay which happens to be the closest match to BM Revere Pewter. I keep questioning if it’s grey enough, but I’ve seen enough pictures of it and I think once it’s alone on the wall, it will be fine.
*CLICK HERE to see the after pictures of the new paint color.*
I’ve been really dreading all the painting that now needs to be done, but I am more motivated now that we’ve gotten started. It was nice to see the office come together and now that the living room ceiling is painted, I want to get the trim done so it will match. The trim and wall colors are going to make it so much brighter in here and I’m anxious to see it.