What stone? WHITESTONE!

February 2, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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Yesterday, we did it!  We painted the whole front area of our place.  It feel so good and peaceful and fresh.  Here’s a reminder of how it looked before:

Beige walls…no more!  Although, Chris never referred to our walls as “beige,” he is glad they are gone as well.  “Well, honey, if they aren’t beige–what color would you call them?”  I would ask.  To which he replied, “I don’t know, yellowish-with-a-touch-of-brown.”  Tomato, tomahto I guess.  The festivities began when Greta took her morning nap and I started prepping the area.  I took down all of the pictures, curtains, mirrors, guitar, etc.  and moved everything away from the walls to create a huge mess:

And then I spackled all of the hundreds of nail and screw holes from previous tenants.  Ah, the perks of renting.  Once it dried, I sanded the spackle smooth.  Chris came home a little early from work and we started painting around 4.  I took on the task of detail work and cutting in (this brush was AWESOME!  I didn’t even take off any light or plug plates.  Truly magical.)  and he rolled on the paint like there was no tomorrow.  Of course, we took turns on Greta duty, but for the most part she was happy to just watch us paint and dance and sing to Jack Johnson/Dave Matthews/Dashboard (those guys got us through it).  We ended up getting Benjamin Moore’s Whitestone color-matched to Olympic No-VOC paint at Lowe’s.  We totally recommend it, too, because there was no paint odor at all. We didn’t have to crack a window open in below freezing weather, we didn’t have to worry about little Greta-girl sucking in fumes, and it is environmentally friendly as well.  Not to mention, a gallon of Olympic paint is about $21, compared to Benny boy’s $41+ price tag.  It was no contest.

So, between playing with Greta, taking a time-out to get her to bed around 6, our pizza break around 8–we finished up at 10:30 pm!  Exhausted, but thrilled with the results.

We finally feel like the color of the walls matches the rest of our decor and the over-all vibe that we are going for here.  Our furniture stands out.  The art stands out.  Even the carpet is getting noticed a little more.  Before, everything was kinda the same color.  Now, nothing feels boring about the space.  I haven’t taken pictures of the kitchen side of things yet, but I will post those soon.  Promise.  We didn’t get to the hall last night, but we still have enough in our ONE gallon of paint left to finish it.  And then, who knows which room we’ll hit up next.  
KISSY ’cause we’re done.  Delirious from staring at walls for hours.
Can you tell we’re excited about the thought of more painting?  At 10:30 last night (when these pictures were taken), we weren’t.  But this morning, even with a little paint still stuck in my hair–I can hardly wait!  Honest.

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  1. Hi, Julia! I gave it a shot: http://ow.ly/3PkLJ
    Looks great!

  2. Leslie says:

    Your place looks awesome Julia! Have you ever read that blog “betterafter.blogspot.com? You should submit your before and after photos. You have quite the talent in interior decorating, I must say. ait looks so clean, modern, comfortable, and fresh. Love it!

  3. Nataley says:

    It looks awesome! It’s amazing how much of a difference paint makes!

  4. Lisa... says:

    That looks so good and I have decided that if I ever get a house I would like you to decorate it for me!!

  5. Meg says:

    YAY! I can’t believe how fast you guys painted and got it done! It is AMAZING with just a simple color will do to brighten up the space. If we decide to stay in this apt, I think we’ll ask, but as of now, we don’t even know if we’re staying in the STATE! ahhhh the joys of being in school with an ambitious husband!

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