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We’ve had the downstairs painted for a couple months, but I haven’t talked about the paint colors we used down there yet. We really wanted the room to feel light and bright, so 3 out of the 4 walls were painted Simple White by Benjamin Moore color matched to Valspar Reserve paint. However, one wall in particular had a few issues that painting white could have the opposite effect.
That wall was farthest from the only window down here. It also had a dropped ceiling that was filled with duct work and our two air returns for our home. It already felt dark, adding recessed lights to the dropped ceiling like we did in the rest of the space wasn’t possible, and I really just wanted those air returns to disappear! I asked on Instagram, only in jest, if we really needed those air returns. But of course we do! Not only do we need them, but we needed easy access to them (ie. blocking them is not an option) since we change our filters every 3 months. We came up with the solution to paint that wall (that extends into the hallway) and the vents a really dark warm black with green undertones; Vintage Frame by Valspar for Ace in a matte finish.
We actually painted it before the carpet went in, but we never had time to do touch ups after we sprayed the built-ins white (there was some overspray), so I snapped a few pictures of painting in action this past weekend.
This is a paint color that I really want to try in a place that gets lots of natural light because it’s so beautiful with lots of depth and warmth. As usual, Chris rolled and I touched up above the baseboards and the vents. When I initially painted the vent covers, I took them completely off (they easily unlatch) and rested them on a couple of paint cans so they could dry without becoming stuck to anything. I used my same old brush I always do and it took about 3 thin coats for them to be evenly covered.
The vents were the number 1 reason we decided to go dark on this wall. While looking at them pre-painting, I realized the dark slats are never going to be light. So, the only way to camouflage them would be to make everything dark.
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It worked! Obviously the room isn’t complete, and we’d still like to hang Chris’s guitars on that wall to the right of the piano, which I think will only disguise them more. It’s always amazing how paint can transform a room.
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After a large renovation project like this one we’re wrapping up, our old filter (on the right) is always especially bad. Bleh! FilterEasy stores our home’s filter size in their system so I never have to remember what size we need, but it seems like the service itself keeps getting better, too! For instance, since we’ve signed up, their prices have actually gone down due to growth. Love that!
One more before and progress shot:
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