5.20.2010

While the Husband's Away the Wife Will....Paint?

Mark swears the square footage of our house has diminished since we bought it
because I have painted the rooms so many times that they are shrinking.
That being said, we have been trying to sell our house for 16

(yes, 16)

very long months.

I have run out of things to spruce up.
I have exhausted every hole that needed puttying,
trim that needed painting,
closets that needed de-cluttering.

I don't fool myself into thinking that painting one room will sell our house,
but it can fill the room with light,
make the room more appealing to buyers,
and satisfy my need to
DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING
proactive
to get this baby sold.

Even though I have been craving neutral walls everywhere,
we have
loved
loved
loved
our chocolate brown bedroom.
Nothing fancy, nice and simple and pared down,
but it was like a cozy cave, dark and comfy.
The chocolate brown was soothing, enveloping,
and I loved it paired with crisp white and a bit of robin's egg blue.

But when Mark left on Monday on a business trip,
I decided the time had come to neutralize it.
You know,
when he wasn't around to veto the project.

This is the after.  (Surprise, Honey!)
 I have to say - although I was going for a bit more of a beige color,
the color I picked under the flourescent lights at Lowes
(leading to a misinterpretation of the paint chip)
actually reminds me of the almost-white sand beaches of a Caribbean island. 
I'm loving it.  It's so bright and cheerful!
What do you think?

Here are some simple details of the room.
Everything except the wall color is exactly the same
but it all looks so different against a light background.
Keep in mind the house is on the market, hence the de-personalization!


Yes, that is a velvet coverlet in May!  And a winter scene over the bed! 
The colors work, plus I just adore this print by Thomas Dunlay
He is an incredible, well-known artist from the Boston area
that used to live in the neighborhood I grew up in. 
We have about 15 framed Dunlay prints in our house!

I reframed this one when I was in the biz....one of my favorite mouldings.
The moulding really pops against the new wall color.


This is our master bath, painted Fantasy Blue #716 (Ben. Moore)
- pardon crazy mirror reflections.
I love this color next to the new soft sandy white of the bedroom
(and lo and behold, another Dunlay print!)

We have a showing for the house in the morning.  
How much do you want to bet the prospective buyers say, 
"This room would look great painted
chocolate brown!"
Whatever, at least we can enjoy it while we're here!

Thanks for visiting...have a lovely day!

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17 comments:

Michelle said...

I think it looks so much better! So airy! Great choice.

Remodelaholic said...

I actually like both versions of the room too, but I do LOVE the open airy feeling of the new light walls, it just really gave the place a resort on the beach feeling.

I would love to feature it if you are interested. Just send me a reply to this comment! Thanks
Cassity

Marie said...

Hello! I'm a new follower of your blog via The Inspired Room! I love your bedroom makeover! What a difference lightening things up made! I did the same thing to mine. Started out with a very dark brown in hopes that it would be a cozier place for my sweet hubby to sleep since he works the graveyard shift on the weekends. But when he told me the color doesn't make a difference while he sleeps I decided to switch to a creamy Antique White by Behr. It's so much better. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Atticmag said...

I think the new color made your bedroom look twice the size, very airy and appealing. You spent your time well and hope it helps sell for you. It should. Jane

Pine Tree Home said...

I am all about neutrals lately! This looks so fresh and simple. It also makes the room look spacious and like you want to take an afternoon nap. Great work.

Kim said...

I love the new color and the room does look twice as big. I'll be doing a major house reno soon, what is the name of this color? I may have to copy you.

Jacqui said...

(Came from remodelaholic)
16 months?! You poor thing! We've had ours listed for 5 months and the cleaning and showings are killing me. I hope this makeover helps! It looks great, fresh and clean.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

I'm hopping over here from Remodelaholic -- and WOW! I'm absolutely in love with your bright and inviting room! This transformation is amazing! It's totally inspired me to get out the white paint and go to town!

Sarah @ TheUglyDucklingHouse said...

I really like the lighter color, but I'm more drawn to that beachy feel so you have a biased judge here. It's a great change for helping the house sell; the lighter color made it look much bigger and cleaner!

Tiffany said...

Came from Remodelaholic - HUGE difference - HUGE! Congrats on selling. And please tell us the new color, pretty plllllllllease.

Kari @Stone Soup for Five said...

WOW!!! I love the new look! Very bright and airy!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I read your post on Remodelholic, and commented there, but thought I would also comment here. I love the lighter walls. I'd love to know what color you used to repaint your bedroom. We are moving and we'd like to do the painting before we move into the new house. I posted about it on my blog, with the sellers furniture and colors. I am wanting to shift from the gray to warmer beige tones.

http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com

Jocelyn

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Tracy said...

Your room redo is beautiful - very fresh and breezy. Although, like you, I LOVE the chocolate and have been wanting that in my own bedroom. I don't think it'll work with my furniture, though...