Basement Progress: Paint

That was fast!! I told you all how efficient these painters are. They were in and out of our house so quick, and their work looks like they spent a month on it. So worth the delay and hassle.

Since the ceiling is so low, we thought that Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace would be the perfect color to brighten up the space. We went with Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue for an accent wall behind the bar and builtins. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The basement looks like it comes from a completely different house, it’s crazy how much paint can do to a room.

Now that the paint is done, we are so excited to organize and decorate so that the kids have a clean, safe, and open place to play.

Reusing Eli’s Crib

Not knowing the baby’s gender this time around has been a lot tougher than I anticipated. When I was pregnant with Eli, we knew we wanted a gray and white nursery.  We purchased a white crib and everything else was easy to buy regardless of gender.  We knew Dax was going to be a boy, so that took care of all of our furniture worries for him.  Since this is most likely our last baby, we decided keep the gender a surprise.  We enjoyed the experience and the surprise more with Eli than we did knowing Dax was a boy(sorry Dax). The only problem this time around, is if our last baby happens to be a girl, I want some pink in that nursery.

We decided to keep the room black, white, gold, and pink if it is a girl, and make it black white and gold if it is a boy.  Since we don’t want to wait until the baby is born to order all of the furniture, we thought it would be a good idea to paint Eli’s perfectly good crib that he used when he was a baby.  I love the crib, and it is in pretty good shape.  We decided on a pink that we loved for the walls, and David painted the crib the same color.  We went with Benjamin Moore Gentle Butterfly.  I am not into girly things, so this color is perfect because it is not too pink.  The crib turned out gorgeous and will look so good in this room once the walls are painted pink!

Now, if it is a boy, we decided to purchase a whole new crib all together.  Since Eli’s was white, and Dax’s is black and white, we went with an all black crib. It’s actually the same crib as Eli’s.  We figured that it is inexpensive enough to just return it once the baby comes if it is a girl, and if it is a boy, it’s here and ready to go!

We are getting closer and closer to meet this baby, and we can’t wait to see if it is a he or she!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Paint

How is it already Monday?! Did you all have a good holiday weekend? Since the 4th was on a Thursday this year, David took Friday off and we headed to the city for the day with the boys.  We are trying to take in everything we can before this baby arrives here soonish.

Obviously, the other reason I love long holiday weekends, is because David gets stuff done.  He finished painting Dax’s room and it looks so clean and bright.  I am really happy we decided to do moldings instead of wallpaper and keep it all white.  I know white can be boring, but I think it looks super cool in this room.

We went with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and I really think this is my new favorite white.  We are going to do our entire basement in this as well, but more on that later.

With the painting being done, all that is left to do is clean up and move Daxxy into his new room! He is so excited, but it is definitely bitter sweet for me since it means he is that much closer to not being my baby anymore.

Master Bathroom Reveal

Ok, so as you probably know, our bathroom was the first room that we renovated.  This began in September and they finished in November, however they didn’t complete their punch list until December.  No words can describe my love for our new master bathroom.  Even though it is a lot smaller than I anticipated, and we decided against the gold hardware and finishes, it still is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are wondering why it has taken so long for me to post this reveal, it’s because David finished painting it last night.  I talked about this before, but we were 100% set on using Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  We used it at Compass Pointe, and just assumed we would love it as much in this house.  Before even sampling it in the bathroom, we told our contractor that was the color we wanted.  So they painted the entire bathroom Repose Gray, and it ended up looking really beige.  We tried to live with it for a few months and realized that we really needed to change the color.  We decided to go with Gray Tint by Benjamin Moore.  This is also the color we used throughout the entire house.  The new paint makes such a difference, it’s crazy!

As much as I am loving the new paint, the floors are my favorite part of the bathroom.  We went with zebra marble and they are definitely a statement floor. We went simple and clean with the mirrors, the light fixtures, and the faucets and shower head.  I am really happy with the overall look and probably wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again!

It’s been so nice walking and showering in a clean and pretty much brand new bathroom.  I shockingly even have used the tub, so David is really happy about that because he didn’t want to put one in.

Enjoy!

Pantry Paint

I was really hoping that I would have more progress to report today, but unfortunately you just get to read about pantry paint. Yippee!

Originally, the plan was to hire a painter to do the entire house.  The contractors ended up painting the master bathroom and our kitchen, so that they could take pictures for their website.  Since things are going a lot slower than we hoped, there are certain rooms that need to be painted immediately in order for them to get completed- specifically the master walk-in and the pantry.  We can’t clear all of the rooms were our clothes are being stored until the closet is done, and we can’t get all of the food out of our kitchen, and the appliances out of the family room and dining room until the pantry is done.  That being said, David had to paint the closet and pantry.  The closet is just primed right now, but the pantry is pretty much done and ready for shelving and floors! We went with Benjamin Moore- Gray Tint and I think it looks great.Have a great weekend!!

Gray Tint

First of all, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Our threenager made it difficult to fully enjoy ours, but the food was amazing.

We are in full on remodel mode now that the holiday is over.  Apparently our house will be done in two weeks.  Not sure I believe this, but fingers crossed I guess. Things are a little stressful as we have people working on every floor in the house.  No place to hide! Our room still isn’t complete which is a little frustrating. No, that’s a lie, it’s really frustrating, but I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. At least I am able to shower in my new bathroom, and let me tell you, it is amazing.

Since the bathroom is about 98% complete, and the floors in our room are also about 98% complete, our contractor agreed that it was a good idea for David to start painting our bedroom.

I think I talked about my love for Repose Gray before, but if not, let me recap.  I love Repose Gray.  We used it in our last house and it was amazing.  Unfortunately the natural light in this house isn’t great, so Repose just doesn’t work.

We decided on Benjamin Moore Gray Tint for our master bedroom.  It is not too light not too dark and it is the perfect shade of gray with our lighting. I am loving the paint and we are just one step closer to the master being completed! Since my family was here last week, we did move our mattress into our room, so we have been sleeping there and it’s a complete mess with all of the paint supplies and not having our closet finished.

Our goal, or my goal, is to start really moving in this week and be officially moved in by next weekend.  We finally ordered our window treatments, our light, some bathroom accessories, sheets, towels, etc.  I don’t want to show it off until it looks complete, although with us nothing is ever complete because I am constantly changing my style and my mind on how I want things. Poor David!

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All About Lighting

First of all, I cannot believe that it is already Monday.  These weekends just go by way too quickly! I also am in denial that it is going to be November this week, but I can’t wait for Halloween.  Eli and Dax are going to look so cute in their costumes and even though it is going to be freezing, we will still take them trick-or-treating.  Well, at least Eli will go, Dax is only 5 months old and probably shouldn’t be out in the cold weather. Anyway, let’s talk renovation progress especially since I am writing this in a house that is so unbelievably loud right now because so much is getting done. More on that later.

Last week our contractor put up some paint samples. He gave us three options, I loved one and David loved another.  The problem was that David really didn’t like the one that I loved, and I really didn’t like the one that he loved and neither of us liked the third option.  We absolutely loved the paint that we had throughout Compass Pointe.  We used Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray and it was seriously the perfect gray.  There were no undertones, just gray.  I was obsessed with it, so when we were deciding what color we would do the majority of this house, we really didn’t even need to discuss it.  I told our contractor that there was no need for other color samples in the bathroom, we were just going to paint everything Repose.  His crew actually isn’t doing our painting because their quote was higher than David thought it should be, but they offered to paint the master bathroom because there is such little wall space, so why not?  The bathroom looks amazing, I am seriously so happy with it, but the paint doesn’t look so amazing.

David and I were shocked that when we walked in, our beloved Repose looked beige, not the beautiful cool gray we remembered or looked back at in pictures.  We made sure it was the right color on the can, and sure enough it is.  After stewing on it during the weekend, and researching more about Repose Gray, we came to the conclusion that it looked beige because this house has the worst natural lighting ever.  I can’t even tell you how dark the house is and how little windows there are.  Compass Pointe was full of natural light, there were many windows and huge windows as well throughout the house, it makes sense now why Repose looked like the perfect gray  there and like beige in this house.

So, we spent Sunday paint shopping.  We got some colors that were recommended on multiple blogs and on Pinterest, and we headed to Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore and picked up five or six paint samples.  David painted the samples on many areas in almost every room, but it became a bit frustrating because every room has such different lighting that it is diccifdult to choose one color to use throughout the house.  One color might look gray in our bathroom, but beige in the hall, or vice versa.  Finally, we decided on the perfect colors by Benjamin Moore called Gray Owl and Gray Tint.  These two are the ones that don’t seem to have any undertones regarding the light situation.  I am so excited to get rid of our dark walls and to get this house brightened up, but in the meantime I can’t wait to replace the Repose in the bathroom with the Graytint.  It is going to look gorgeous! Until the bathroom gets repainted, take a look at what got done last week.  IMG_4062IMG_4074IMG_4076I have a feeling I will have a couple more progress posts this week, fingers crossed!