How the Paint Really Looks

Are you ready for an update on the house?

Over the last couple of months the house has come pretty far along.
My mind was in a different place for most of that time but it’s exciting to see it coming all together now.
See the window box on the garage? I am so glad we chose the colonial molding above the windows, it adds a lot of character.
The wood under the over hangs have been stained too. 
Loving the contrast!

The exterior is painted in Cocoon SW6173 (RR 19). I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!

The best and worst surprises are THE PAINT!

The interior has been painted too.

 I can’t remember the trim color exactly but the wall is Eider White SW7014 by Sherwin Williams.

On the paint chip it was a pretty white color leaning towards grey.

Did I sample it? NO!

I didn’t even take my own advice! (gah!)

Honestly, I wish I had done my homework on this color.

It looks super pretty in some lights but watch…

When the western sun comes into the foyer in the afternoon…uhm – I don’t like it one bit! I see a pastel almost mauve undertone. I can’t stand pink, even when it’s trendy.

What am I going to do about it?

Live with it!

Ugh, I am so mad at myself. What was I thinking?

The color changes with whatever is reflecting on it. I think that is common with light colors but I didn’t research this one enough. I trusted the builders designer and I had seen it in a house and liked it fine (toured that house on a gloomy rainy day).

I am more familiar with Benjamin Moore Paint and I should have insisted on one I know in that line instead of trying to go with the flow.

I know the builder deals with a lot of difficult customers and I am trying to NOT be one of them. I used to be an agent for a builder and know what a distraction the buyers can be when you’re trying to get the job done.

Let’s move on to better news….the kitchen.

So far so good.

I love the two tone colors of the cabinetry. I really do.

The counter tops are also very pretty.

They compliment the dark Java stained bottom cabinets and the white uppers.

It’s granite in a color called Wiskon White. A white with black running through it.

Making dinner in this kitchen is going to be so fun! There’s even a pantry.

Right now I have about 24 inches of counter space at the apartment and it’s always full. My dinners consist of casseroles and casseroles. (eye roll)

Remember when I wanted a chimney hood over the cook top?  I didn’t do it based on price but…

I am so happy with this accent cabinet featuring a little shelf. It’s a chunky focal point for the large wall of cabinets.

Also, I am so glad that I didn’t go with open shelving. The white uppers blend in great with the walls and provide a ton of storage.

Since the ceilings are 10 feet tall and the room is so very open, it may have felt too bare to have small shelving and may have become cluttered looking.

Small kitchens – YES on open shelving – larger scale? Not so much.

I wasn’t sure about the dramatic staggering of the upper cabinets either but I trusted the kitchen designer on this one and he was right, I love it!

Simple lines like shaker style cabinet doors, sleek stainless hardware (goes with the door knobs and plumbing fixtures) and an eased edge on the island are practical, not too fancy so I can decorate in my own way without the house feeling over done.

I kept the hardware the same throughout the house.

This is one of the sink bases in the master bath. It’s also Java stained. The floor will be grey tile and Wiskon White granite counter tops are coming soon too.

The hall bath upstairs has the same hardware but a lighter stain. This stain is named Stone. I love that the wood grain still comes through. This bathroom is for the boys.

The tops are a bright white marble in a flat finish and the floor will also be the same grey as the master bath. I kept all of my choices consistent through the whole house so it flows.

Let’s see…What else is going on Mazi?

Tile this week. Yay!

Yesterday I started cleaning out my garage. What a messy worker I am. Sadly, I didn’t finish a lot of the projects that I had big ideas for so several things went to Goodwill. Several things were thrown out too.

Sorta feeling like keeping the next house clean of all the dust from sanding and cutting wood. If I don’t get my creative juices back soon, it might just stay that way.

Hope all is well with you and your families!
(and if you are lucky enough to have your Mom around – squeeze her like crazy!)

Until next time…