4.21.2016

ORC Spring 2016: Week 3 - Progress & Paint

First, to those of you who offered kind words of support and encouragement after last week's post/Instagram, I so appreciate it.  Despite some challenges, we have made real progress this week, and even if we are unable to fully finish the room, the biggest changes will have been made, and that is worth a lot! I have to keep reminding myself that this was supposed to be "Plan A" all along, so if parts of "Plan B" don't come to fruition, that's ok - they were never part of the budget or planning anyway. Surely I'm not the only one who gets carried away in this challenge? ;)

I need to give lots of recognition to my husband - with just a tiny bit of experience and a lot of gumption, he finished the frames for the built-ins in just a few days after work! I am so proud of him! They aren't quite complete, but I think by the end of the weekend we will be able to start priming.




While he has spent his time building, I have spent my hours painting.  Both the walls and the trim are requiring a minimum of three coats each.  I guess that's what happens when you are painting white over walls that have previously been green, dark blue, and even black.  I have painted many, many walls in the past - as a military family, we moved multiple times & I painted each home we lived in.  But this time, I have discovered something that has made a difference in the ease, quality, and time in which I get my painting done (which is sadly still very slow, but much faster than it used to be).  Purdy was kind enough to share some brushes and rollers with me, and I am a true convert.   I do not endorse a product if I don't believe in it, and I was so impressed by the quality of the Purdy brushes that I went out and purchased another brush on my own dime.  And having an arsenal of brushes and rollers has come in very handy since it seems like that's all I do in my spare time now.  :)

When I was designing the room, I was hesitant to do white walls.  Almost every room in our home has white walls, but they are white woodwork - shiplap, beadboard, board & batten, etc.  Something to give the white character.  The dining room is one of the few spaces that is just drywall, and I worried that it would read as flat and lifeless.  But I absolutely adore the warm white accented by the gray/blue/green trim, and find myself wandering in there to just check it out and enjoy the contrast.  Next I just have to convince the hubby that the rest of the house needs to be repainted to match.  ;)   If anyone is wondering, the walls are Swiss Coffee and the trim is Fieldstone, both by Benjamin Moore.



And finally, my favorite piece of the room is the giant DIY abstract art that my sweet babies made for me.  Other than choosing which colors of fingerpaint they could use, I let them have free reign.  And while it may not be something that would sell in a gallery, it means SO much to me, especially the tiny handprints hidden in one corner.  I propped it up on the piano in the adjoining foyer while we've been working in the dining room, and ironically, I like it so much there that I think it will probably stay instead of hanging in the dining room as was the original plan.



Lots of changes this week, and even more painting in our future.  Ha! Then on to the fun part of decorating and accessorizing! Be sure to catch up with the other guest posters here.  Have a great weekend!

                    Thank you to Purdy for providing the products used to accomplish the painting
for this challenge

11 comments:

  1. It's looking great! I feel your pain on the wall painting - it took us 3 coats too and really could still use some more touch ups in a few spots. Purdy brushes are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! Yes, professional painters are worth every penny! It may be a while before I am ready to tackle another room, even with the help of the Purdy brushes :)

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  2. It's coming right along! I love the white walls - big fan. And you're girls are future artists. It seriously looks professional.

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    1. Aw, thanks Kate! I love that their little hearts put so much effort into it. Your project is looking amazing!!

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  3. I have no doubt this will be gorgeous. Love that artwork!

    I was just looking at your portfolio. Great style. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! I truly appreciate your kind comments!

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  4. The best artwork ever! What an absolute delight this post is!!! Thank you so very much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I love having a reminder of their involvement in the room. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Holly!! I love the colors you chose for your walls and trim!! The trim is perfection and I love how clean and aesthetically simple it looks! Perfect!! Your daughter's artwork is perfect too!! It does look professional!!

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    1. Thank you Fran! Really glad the colors worked out as I had two people (in the business, no less) try to talk me out of it - happy I stuck with my instincts. Thanks for the compliment on the art; I'm a fan of the artists as well ;)

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