I forgot to tell you about painting the stairway to the basement and the dining room down there. I did it before my sister’s wedding…(for those of you who are new – my little sis got married at our house last September and we did a bunch of reno-ing to prep for the shindig….like making the bathroom finally functional, working on drywall and painting, and improving the look of the patio)…so it was forgotten that I even painted the space with all the hulabaloo.
Yesterday I showed ya the foyer…and that glass paned door leads to the basement.
Before the walls of the hallway and the landing area and the dining room were just like the foyer – all toothpaste colored. A refreshing minty green….not the worst color in the world…but definitely doesn’t look right with tan trim and reddish tiled floors.
Oh and just so you know – basically all these photos are cruddy. Dang me and my lack of white balance.
But the real problem wasn’t the color. I could have lived with the color. The real issue was the dirt. Every wall was covered in fingerprint marks, scraps of dirt and general uncleanliness. I swear I found like eight boogers on one wall. It was like where boogers go to die. a booger graveyard if you will.
But the even bigger issue was that the paint that the former owners used was flat paint. Unscrubbable, show-everything flat paint. That’s why it is $8 cheaper than eggshell people…because you can’t get the evidence of gold-digging off the walls without leaving a giant streaky booger-wash mark. Yum.
So we decided to throw up some paint on the walls and hide the dirt from the masses that would be descending upon us for the wedding.
Here is the little landing at the bottom of the stairs. We have all sorts of weird little nooks in this house that aren’t straight.
And the look from the dining room all the way back toward the stairs.
And this is the view from the entertainment room…the one that we had already tackled.
So we headed to the store, picked up some paint swatches and headed home. Immediately I was drawn to the Allen + Roth paint color called Portico. Yes…mostly because of the name. I found this online swatch of it…which looks strangely similar to the existing paint color we had down in the basement. Weird, huh?
But in reality, it is much less green and minty and more blue…kinda similar to our office wall color. Again – excuse the terrible photos…they were taken during a brain fart.
Now the downstairs is a much bluer (but not baby blue like the photos show)…
And SO much cleaner.
This is just to show you the view coming down the stairs….
And the view going up the stairs. Yes, my friend Brook helped me paint down here and I give her all the credit for cutting in the ceiling bits on the stairs….I did the second coat and cried the entire time. It was terrible. Apparently my fear of heights is like my complexion and is getting worst with age.
Probably not the best way to pick paint – based on the name….but in general, it worked for what we needed.
Honestly – now I can’t wait to start tackling this space…dining rooms are so fun to me…and this one, with a smaller footprint is much more my speed than some of the larger rooms upstairs.
I’m thinking I need to get some fabulously large frames to hang on the walls…and maybe some mirrors to bounce light around (since this is one room that has zero natural light)…and that hanging boob light has already bitten the dust….more on that soon…and how ’bout some fun in here?!? Maybe funny face photos like in the movie The Joneses….except…well, I would totally steal Demi Moore’s photos and just pretend they are my own 🙂
That’s been our project – a year late. I gotta get on this procrastination thing. Said with an english accent. Some of you may actually get that joke 🙂