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October 12, 2012

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There were a few factors that went into choosing the paint color for the laundry room–1. Does it work well with the other colors in our home? 2. Does it match the tile flooring that we’re keeping for now? 3.  How will it look in a windowless room?
Luckily, I had a chunk of tile from the baseboards we ripped out to bring with me on my paint swatch hunt.  I grabbed 20 or so blue, gray and brown swatches that could work with the tile.  In the end, Martha Stewart’s Gray Squirrel was almost a perfect match to the brownish-gray (like a squirrel!) specks in the tile.  Since we have similar tones in our house (Martha’s Zinc in the family room and Mushroom in our bedroom) it checked numbers 1 and 2 off our must-have list for the paint color.

As for the third criteria–How will it look in a windowless room?–it had potential to become cave-like.  But since our laundry room has a weird built-in shelf on the far wall, the plan became to carry the molding throughout the rest of the room so it looked less weird.  Since we were already planning on dividing the wall with molding, painting the top half bright white became the solution to avoid the cave look.

After I got the room taped off, Chris tackled the top half, while I got squirrelly on the bottom half.  As soon as the white got rolled on, I knew we made the right choice.  It instantly felt fresh and modern.

Here’s how the rest of the two-toned room looks now:

There’s a long list of things that I would love to tell you to ignore right now, because things are still rough in here, but for two days work–we’re stoked with the progress! As for the molding–I guess we’ll call it a chair rail, even though it is much higher than a chair rail–we decided on a slightly more narrow version of the tall and simple baseboards that we’ll be installing to keep things looking fresh and modern.

And art.  Ahhh, art will do wonders in here on those gallery-esque white walls.

I’m getting ahead of myself.  Today’s project is updating the dark and dingy grout in the tile to match those aforementioned white walls and slipping into party mode for Chris’s birthday tomorrow.  I love his birthday more than my own!

Make it a happy weekend, friends.  What’s on your list?

What do you think?

  1. Kim says:

    I love Gray Squirrel! I have it all over my house. I don’t suppose you happen to have a pic of the label?? I need to repaint/touch up and they discontinued it and my cans are not readable. They can’t match it. I’m super sad. I found you thru google, hoping you can help :) Thanks!!

  2. Lyndsay @ that 70s house says:

    this gray is amazing!! I seriously love it and can’t wait to see the next stage in the project!

  3. Erin {Home Everyday} says:

    I am already loving this space. The gray is fabulous, and I have always loved the two tone with chair rail look. Cannot wait to see more!

  4. meaganbriggs3 says:

    It amazes me every time I see walls being painted a WHITE WHITE how amazing and beautiful it is. A simple change to white. Holy cow. I may be addicted to just painting my future house a bright white. It looks so happy in there and bigger already. Can’t wait to see what you guys do with this space.

  5. Oooh I love that gray! The room looks better already!

  6. It really brightens up the floor too! You definitely made the right decision with the paint color! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out :)

  7. That looks one million times better! I love squirrel – the paint AND the animal. I’m anxious to see how the tile will look. I’ll be stalking you…

  8. Jessie McKinley says:

    Love it!! The colors are perfect–it already looks 10x better! And switching out the grout color is going to freshen up those floors so much! Good work! Have a fun birthday weekend!!

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