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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Living Room "50 Shades of Grey" Makeover!

When HomeRight asked if I wanted to try their painting stick, I knew the time had come. The time had come to paint my living room, dining room, hallway and kitchen. They had not been painted in 10 years and I had the finger smudges, dings and food splatters to prove it!
I had been putting it off because I knew it would be like a scene from the children's book, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie." If you are going to paint the kitchen, you might as well paint the dining room. If you are going to paint the walls, you might as well paint the trim. If you are going to...well, you get the picture. It was going to be a big job.
I had tried to be a colorful girl. Really, I did. I love color in other people's houses. My walls were yellow and I listened when the experts advised me to "add pops of color!" 
It just wasn't me. I am a white girl. Wait...that didn't sound right. 
I love neutrals. I love shades of white and grey. Contrary to what my friends think- GREY IS A COLOR! 
Here is what I started with: 
I chose "Incredible White" (which is code for "pale grey") from Sherwin Williams and called in my pals to help me tackle the job! Booze may or may not have been promised.
My friend and designer extraordinaire, Karen helped me pick paint and even did the dirty work of taping off the floors!
Some pals tried to send SOS messages...

Here is the deal with the paint stick. You suction a ton of paint into the wand and get down to business. No dripping or splattering (thank you splash guard!) and no more 872 trips to the paint tray!
The paint stick was so easy to use that my 10 year old daughter got in on the action!
An unnamed friend ditched the paint party and sent her dad to help out! 
The best part was putting everything back together. This was my kind of "50 Shades of Grey" party!
Remember what my china cupboard looked like? Talk about a POP of color! 
It was fun for 7 minutes but I quickly longed for "Serenity NOW!" I painted over the green with dark grey.







My one remaining POP of color is on the back of my dining room chair. 
TA-DA! 
Finally, a 50 Shades of Grey that I can get into.
How about you? Does color make you happy or stabby?
Thank you for helping me get my serenity on, HomeRight!

Link Par-taay at:
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com
http://www.alderberryhill.com

16 comments:

  1. You are my hero. I want to do my bedroom in dark grey! What color us that? Love it! I like color- muted color. Except in my red bathroom :-). It is actually the kids' bathroom, to be fair.

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    1. I did my daughter's room in dark grey last summer...go for it! Here you go: http://www.housetalkn.com/2012/07/country-living-inspired-bedroom.html

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  2. What a beautiful space you have, I love the new color

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  3. I have tons of bright colors in my house.....but I love this too. Very nice.

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    1. I love color in YOUR house! Thank you for popping by!

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  4. I have a paint stick and I love it! But I haven't been using it since we moved into our current home because I no longer have a utility sink, and I am afraid of what the cleanup will be like in my kitchen sink. Did you clean yours in your kitchen? I have been painting my stairwell this week. Not a fun job at all!

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    1. I clean mine in the bathtub. Stairwells are a pain to paint! Good luck!

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  5. You just couldn't leave the green alone, HA! I'm a warm color girl-USUALLY-but lately I've been liking some blues. I've been putting off painting way too long myself. I hate painting. I hate cleaning up from painting. I hate trimming. I hate taping. I hate it all, but I love how it looks when it's all done. I bought paint for my great room/kitchen, kid's bedrooms, laundry room, both bathrooms and bonus room THREE YEARS AGO (omg...it's really been 3 years...) and I haven't done any of it yet. I'm just about over the colors I chose and I haven't even put them on the walls yet. Pah-Thetic.

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    1. Sounds familiar! I wouldn't have done it if I didn't bribe the help!

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  6. Grey is one of my favorite colors, however I love and need some brights, too. The makeover looks great! Your home is charming and inviting.

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    1. I love grey! I'm sure in a month, I'll start creeping some color back into my life. Thanks, Christy!

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  7. Love it - but I thought the hallway doors turned out the best. :)

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    1. You battled the worst job and I have zero pictures of it! THANK YOU!

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  8. I love the milk glass in the cabinet with the gray backs.

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    1. I love milk glass, too! I was so nervous to paint he cupboards but happy with the POP they give the white. Thank you!

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