Monday, January 14, 2013

Wall Be Gone! *Poof*

I'm done painting the paneled wall and the new column, and even though there's still some trim work on both sides and some wall patching and texture in the kitchen that needs to get done, the difference the paint alone has made is huge.


I feel like that horrible mini wall, the one I hate because it disrupts the flow, has disappeared. Or disappeared as much as a wall that's still really there can disappear. Painting it the same color as the surrounding walls in both rooms has made it fade into the background and my living room feels larger, brighter and more open. Win.

Remember what my living room looked like on Saturday? Of course you do; disturbing stuff like that gets burned into your memory for years.

Without that jarring wall of knotty pine, the entire space feels roomier and all the windows really pop -- have I mentioned that I love the dark mullions with the white trim? I didn't know how I would feel about them when I first decided to paint, but now I'm 100% on board. Kind of quirky. Lots of charm.

 
Even with the work that still needs to be done, I'm so over the moon with my "new" space. Tomorrow I'll be back with the list of things that still need to be done to finish the little kitchen makeover!



This little project just goes to show that no matter how much we all dread painting sometimes (and come on, even I do -- it's not on my top 10 list of favorite things), in the end it is so, so, so worth it.

Kitchen cabinets, you're next. (I just have to keep reminding myself "it's worth it, it's worth it, it's worth it...")

17 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the difference the paint has made!!! Can't wait to see what your cabinets will look like...however, if you're painting them white again, maybe online viewers won't be able to tell? But yes, it'll all be worth it for sure!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! And they are going to be white... they're not really white right now. A very creamy off white -- so I'm hoping it's noticeable enough on here -- it should feel brighter at the very least.

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  2. You're awesome, Anna. I hope your kiddos know how lucky they are to have such a talented mom -- and to get to live in a super cool house.

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    1. Aw Jo, you're sweet. And no, they don't -- we moved so often for a few years that my 7 year old keeps asking when we're going to move to a new house, because he's "tired of this one" ;) Hugs!

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  3. This looks FANTASTIC! So light and bright - what a great difference! LOVE!

    Emily

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  4. I came home from my run yesterday and Tony was painting the trim we installed in the sunroom.... 8 months ago.

    He had never looked so sexy...

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    1. Haha, somebody should pass that tidbit of information along to my hubby, who avoids anything handy or DIY-esque like the plague ;)

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  5. I love it!! I have a basement full of knotty pine that we primed over 2 years ago and stopped. Did you have to fill in the knots with wood filler? I did as many as I could before I got lazy. So our primed boards have little yellow spots of wood filler too. Awesome. Can I ask what color that is on the paneling? We're still up in the air about what color to do...

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    1. Thank you :) I didn't fill the knots -- there was one that was sticking out so I sanded it down a bit with a random orbital sander. After I primed the boards, I caulked the seams between the paneling because there are spots where there's a visible space in seam and spots where there isn't, and I didn't like how that looked. But I didn't care if it was perfect -- most of those little details disappear once you prime and paint. And any little spots that bug me I can spot fix later on. I say just get it done, you'll be happier with it painted even with some visible knots. I even have a couple spots where knots came out and I have a hole along the edge of a panel... it doesn't need to be perfect :)

      As for the color, it's Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray color matched in Sherwin Williams paint.

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    2. Thanks for getting back to me and for the info!! :)

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  6. I love what you have done! It's amazing.

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  7. Gorgeous! The space looks so open & modern now.

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  8. I love it! Bright, open & cheery! But I have to know-where did you find the flying pig? I have been looking for one!

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    1. Thank you! I found the pig years ago at Tai Pan Trading in Salt Lake City. :)

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  9. Omg! It is looking so good!! What a difference that paint made! We have some projects on our list like that for our 1922 bungalow's kitchen... feeling overwhelmed!! :-/ Thanks for making it seem achievable!

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  10. this looks fantastic. good for you!!

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  11. oh it looks nice but my heart twinged a little bit because i love the look of natural wood so much!

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