As I mentioned in this post awhile back, it was high time to do some work in the living room, beyond moving around the furniture. I started with the ceiling and once that was looking better moved to the walls.
Note, the ceilings are not perfect. I doubt they’ll ever be but as you can see in this pic the difference between the popcorn, scraped but not sanded and sanded and painted sections it’s a big improvement.
With the new light going in above the living room, I knew the space would feel lighter but I wanted to do something more.
So out came the paint, first to prime and then a new wall color!
I decided to go with a nice neutral and started looking at gray paint. Trust me, people fret and worry for months over the “perfect gray” and there is none. It depends on your space. Grab a few samples (I used 3) and go for the best one.
Can you guess from the pic which one I chose? While I liked the top one I thought it was too much like the current brown in tone. The bottom left one was a nice color but in the light it looked blue. So I went with the third one, middle right, called Dolphin Fin from Behr.
Painting can be a huge chore but when you focus on the result it makes it easier to stand. I love finishing a room, even if it did mean going back on the ladder for hours at a time to get in the corners, prime, paint and touch up.
These peaks were oh, so much fun to handle:
While I will eventually paint the hallway to match first I’ll need to relocate 4 bookshelves and remove the pictures on the wall.
Probably the most impressive thing (to me at least) is that I did the room without taping or putting down drop cloths. I used one old sheet to rest the can on as I moved around the room but other than that it was just being careful and not letting the brush or roller drip.
The door to the garage needed a bit of love so I grabbed one of the darker gray samples on a whim and painted the door and frame and LOVE how it works together:
When the new dining room light is installed I think you’ll see how everything fits together per the vision in my head.
1) Front door frame – caulk then fix up the paint
2) replace the air vent return
3) replace the cable plate cover
4) touch up ceiling paint in a few places
You know what’s coming up next, right?