Revere Pewter in the Dining Room

Chalk it up to a year of apartment living, but I forgot what a difference a can of paint can make in my life. It didn’t come easy, with dark red walls to start off with, but y’all – we officially have our first painted room checked off the list. And it feels SO much more like us! We decided to paint the Dining Room one of our tried and true classics, Revere Pewter.

This is what we were working with on move-in day.

Dining Room with Built in

And this is what we have now! Nothing too Earth shattering, but definitely better with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter on the walls.

Dining Room After

I wasn’t able to wait very long before the paint brushes came out, and I’m super glad we decided to tackle this room first, since it’s the room you enter right off the bat when coming into the house.

Here is a view of the hall that leads from the Living Room down into the Dining Room/Entry. Still thinking of ways to decorate the walls a bit – I’m thinking some matted family photos may fit the bill.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

This is how the entry looks now with Revere Pewter up on the walls. I still need to find a big console table to put in the window. I have a lamp I scored on Craigslist that I think will look perfect in this entry – I just need a piece of furniture to put it on! Oh, and we need to paint that door something other than red (charcoal, perhaps?)

Foyer Revere Pewter

And for a before – this was the entry on move-in day.

Entryway landing

This is how everything looks coming down from the steps.

Foyer Revere Pewter Paint

Here is another view where you can see the Revere Pewter paint color a bit better. It’s super soft and soothing and it brightens up the space a ton. I’m in love ๐Ÿ˜€

Revere Pewter in Dining Room

So anyway, I think that Revere Pewter is definitely staying in my back pocket as a look to love (evidence here and here). Share with me your go to paint colors, y’all, I still got LOTS of rooms to paint ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dining Room Plans Are Served

As soon as we found a house I was (of course) immediately drawn to the corner of the interwebs I think we all know too well, full of all types of juicy things to look at. Yes, pinterest, my fellow house renovation addicts. This is the land of obsession and alllll kinds of inspiration.

Ever since our offer was accepted, I started thinking about how I wanted our Dining Room to look once the space was finished. It’s the first room you see when you walk into the house, and right now – it’s screams 1992.

Dining Room with Built in

I LOVE built-ins. I do not love these built-ins.

Dining Room Built in

That being said, even though they look sorta funky, I’ve found even after just a few weeks of living here that they’re functional. Really great storage and with a small kitchen, they’re a perfect place to store those huge casserole dishes you pull out like twice a year.

So although I know we’ll be getting rid of these particular built-ins, I do think I’d like to keep the concept going with our new dining room plans as we continue to renovate down the road. So with my pinterest obsessed way, I stumbled across this gem and it’s officially become my inspiration for what I’d like to do with the space.

Built-ins in Dining Room

I mean – if I ever find this style table on craigslist, I’m going to literally die and stop whatever I’m doing to go and get that sucker. I swear, it’s just the loveliest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. And truly, as much as I love those linen chairs, with a one-year old, that’s just not happening. Unless your going for a modern tie die effect via spaghetti sauce everywhere.
Grasscloth in Dining Room

We’ve also got chair rail in this room, so this dining room photo caught my attention, too. ย Eventually we plan on adding in some nice trim beneath the chair rail to make the room look a bit more polished and finished. In the more immediate term, we’ll just plan on painting it white though.

If my budget allowed for grass cloth, I’d be all the heck over that, but alas, a gallon of paint is a whole lot cheaper, so for now I’m thinking Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter which should give the room a similar look. Not nearly as classy, I know, but hey – it’s the look for less, right?!

Since this room also opens up into the foyer, I want to keep the color consistent in both spaces.

Entryway landing

My heart is so drawn to entries like this. Swoon. That picture is enough to make me want to buy a country farmhouse with 200-year old pine floors.

Farmhouse Entry Way

Or something like this … an old dresser off craigslist with some sweet little lamps on it?

Entry Way

So these days, you’ll find me with paint brush in hand, doing some hard core craigslist searching on the side ๐Ÿ˜‰ Next up I’ll have some after photos of our Dining Room. It’s in progress now – can’t wait to share the changes with y’all!

Most Revered Hallway

This little hallway of ours has come a long way since day one in our NCย abode. Let’s travel back, shall we?

Foyer Before

Blue and white and orangey floors all over. Whew, people. Am I the only one that feels a little dizzy taking all that gloriousness in?

Good news in our neck of the woods, we no longer have pink walls. They’re officially pewterย walls!

Revere Pewter in Entry

Since this is the first room you see when you enter the house, I wanted something classic and understated. After using Revere Pewter in past houses, I knew it would fit the bill.

I’m seriously smitten. I especially love how it looks against the crisp, white wainscoting!

Revere Pewter In Hallway

Now that we have a few more rooms finished around here, you can see how the entry looks from the Living Room, looking out onto Rachel’s room.

We’ve got Edgecomb Gray in the Living Room, for reference.

Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray

I can tell you one thing – painting stairwells = a serious pain in the bondonka donk. Jay had to actually get our outside ladder to edge the top, and then use a go go gadget arm movement to get in on the rest of that action.

I watched. And took pictures. And cheered him on. ๐Ÿ˜€

Painting Tall Stairwell

Now that it’s done though, I feel pretty good temporarily checking the foyer off the to-do list.

A few things still drive me bonkers – like our mismatched floors…

Provincial Floor Stain

And our vintage chic light fixtures…

Antique Hall Light Fixture

But ya know, what the hey – it doesn’t look like this and I’m going to come out and say it – that’s progress amigos.

Removing Wallpaper on Steps

Oh and a bit fat THANK YOU – for all the kind words on our exciting announcement yesterday. A nursery post or two will definitely be in the works over the next few months ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™

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!