Are you ready for the before and after photos of the century?! I mean….this is up there with when Ashlee Simpson got her nose job and everyone lost their minds. Do you remember that? I even considered calling her plastic surgeon. kidding. sort of.
The best way to get an understanding of what needed painting was to see a floor plan….oh look, here’s one right here…
The living room and the foyer and the stairway all needed trim, walls, and ceiling done. The original color on the walls was closest to Valspar’s Cucumber Peel and the original trim color was close to True Value’s Irony.
The second floor also had some areas that needed painting….the stairway was completely finished but then the whole upstairs hall ceiling connects to the living room ceiling and so that needed completed as well.
Like I have said before….Carlos and his wife get all the credit for this huge job and we HIGHLY recommend him as a contracted worker. If you are in Georgia, he does free quotes and is very reasonably priced.
Let’s get to those before and afters….
This is the upstairs hall…I call it the catwalk and before it was very blah….
After the paint job, it looks SO MUCH CLEANER. We actually do have the bookcases back there now but I have a little art project planned for above the shelves so you will have to wait 🙂
This is how it currently looks….
Our foyer is so big and honestly a complete waste of space. BUT before it would make me angry because it was also the first impression that someone would get of our home. I mean…ugly!
And now it is so much better….clean and happy. (do you see the frames from the stairway gallery wall in the dining room? I’m kinda digging the clean look. I am not sure though what I should do? Put it up or keep it down?)
The foyer from the other side is so much better too. Before I was attempting to cover up some of that toothpaste colored walls with the art and I hated the tan stair risers.
Now even the wood floors look better. I can’t wait to tackle this area!
The biggest difference was definitely the living room. Talk about the power of paint!
Here it is from the other side of the room….
The big wall in the living room has tons of windows and do you see all that trim?
Now it is bright and light and clean and white! All that trim is not generally my style but I totally dig it more with the new paint color!
And this wall always stumped us before but now we are so inspired to add artwork and decor! Before it was just an old map….
Now it is a clean slate for a gallery and new furniture (I CAN NOT WAIT TO BUILD THIS!)…
Here are some other shots of the room. As you can see, the paint color really does change with the light. Sometimes it is a muted latte color and then others it warms up for a creamy beige. The name of it is Stingray by Benjamin Moore and it definitely is grayish beige.
Oh and do you see that little bookshelf area in the picture below? That’s our diaper changing area. Yup. Keeping it real. We have three babies in diapers and so we take that blue mat and lay it down up there and then the kiddos get cleaned up. The little basket has our diapers and wipes and booty ointment and all that. I think I might just get a bigger basket because it would look better….right?
So that’s it! A wrapped up living room paint job. I can’t wait to finish up some of these rooms and get to final reveals! It’s amazing…the other day I told Jeremy that it feels SO good to have every room on the first floor painted. Isn’t that crazy? It took us over four years but we finally got each room with a coat of paint and now it comes down to decorating and finding the right furniture (picture me with my hands together while doing spirit fingers….that is my furniture pose….like crazy person eyes and a too-happy grin!).