Picking La Paint

Jump, jump around. Jump up, jump down and touch da ground. Dance with me people – cause we’ve got some paint happening over here. WOOOOOOTTTTT. Yeah – you could say I’m excited. 😀

So y’all know we’ve been busting our big old booties over here to get some of the rough work done in our attic so we can finally paint. I can’t even put into words how happy it made me to grab my paint brush this weekend and start cranking it out. But weeks ago actually, I took a trip to the local Benjamin Moore to see all the pretties lining the wall and to start sleuthing out my favorite colors. Here are some of the beauties I came back with.

Benjamin Moore Greige Colors

I decided to get a bit more scientific about my paint hunt this time, and slapped some of the color contenders down on paper so I could move them around the room a bit easier and see the colors in different light. Here are the main colors I was considering for the room, this is a shot of them in natural light, with no overhead lights on.

Best Greige Colors

I also did the same thing in our bathroom. We tested out Kendall Charcoal and Revere Pewter.

Best Greige Paint Colors

In the end, I really, REALLY wanted to go with the Kendall Charcoal and make the space moody but my hubby told me to go with Revere Pewter. I totally blame it on him 😀 Although I do like the Revere Pewter, as I started to slap that paint up on the wall I kept thinking nostalgically about the paint that got away. One of these days, Kendall Charcoal is going to make its debut and it’s going to be epic.

Since our bathroom is so teeny tiny (4×5) we opted to paint this room first. Sometimes it’s best to go for the low hanging fruit.

Walls Primed for Painting

Per the usual, I edged everything out while Jay did the roller (we pretty much had to paint in shifts in this room since it’s so small), but within a half hour, we had this!

Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore

Notice only half of it’s painted …. ? We’ve got some big plans for the bottom half that I can’t wait to show you. We got cracking on it this weekend, but it’s not quite finished yet, so I’ll have to hold off on the final reveal. It looks might fine though, mighty fine. 😀

Things were going along swimmingly, when I suggested that we pop in our beautiful lights since I wanted to see how they’d spiff up our space. And it was getting kinda dark in there, too. 🙂 Par for the renovation course, we hit a few kinks here. First, the lights we ordered were actually too tall for where we mounted the circuit boxes, so I had to go with a runner-up option instead. I’m not as in love with them as the first pair I ordered (these ones), but they’re considerably cheaper (half the price) and they were in stock at our local Home Depot, so we could install them right away.

Here is a close up of the first one installed.

Whitford Polished Nickel Sconce

And then, we hit our second kink. Jay forgot a wire in the second junction box. We went the hook up the sconce and it just wasn’t there. Whoops. So, sad day, we had to cut into our newly laid drywall and go on a wire searching hunt. Noooooo!!! Needless to say, both of us were pretty bummed about it. No fun. No fun at all.

Also, notice the chunks missing around the side of the first light? Well our drywall guy only put mud there (no drywall) and it cracked through. We’ll have to patch that up along with the section we had to cut out to get to the electrical. One step forward, two steps back. 😉

This is what our little light situation looked like after we gave the wall it’s exploratory surgery.

How to patch drywall

Luckily, it only sets us back a day or so in finishing the space, but still, pretty sad. 🙁

For the main room, we decided to go with Edgecomb Gray. The main thing this paint color had going for it, was the fact that we had 3/4 of a can sitting in our basement from when we painted the Kitchen and Living space. Although I liked Ballet White just a hair more, the pragmatist in my won out in the end. Free > Run to store, spend money, maybe like other color better in the end.

Here is the color up close in action (mind you, it’s still drying and it’s 10pm at night = bad, bad lighting)

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Can I get a heeeellllll yeah on the fact that there is paint up in this joint. It’s a long time coming, but by George, it’s here.

For reference, here’s what the same color looks like in our dining room, with better lighting. I know – a bit boring to go with the same color – but hey, when it’s right there for the grabbing sitting in your basement …

Sisal Rug in Dining Room

Now our list for the attic Master Suite conversion looks like this:

  • Tile bathroom
  • Add trim in bathroom
  • Add door to bathroom
  • Install toilet and sink
  • Install closet doors and add trim
  • Install banister
  • Install carpet

Getting so. much. closer!



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