Living Room Paint Colour Update

September 11, 2013

Imagine me saying that in the same way Barney Stinson says "I gots to know!".

Although our old house still isn't finished and sold, I spent a few bucks (well, a few dozen bucks) on paint and got rid of the dusty rose in the living room once and for all. It's completely different from anything I've ever lived in before, so it's taking me awhile to adjust to it.

para paints white cliffs of dover living room

The walls are White Cliffs of Dover and the trim is Jo Jo (maybe it's Ja Ja) Whitewash, both by Para Paints. Before painting, I patched any holes and cracks with some spackle, and any significant gaps in the trim will eventually get a once over with paintable caulk, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. The difference between plaster in good shape and plaster in bad shape is honestly mind blowing. We will never have to remove the plaster from this house, barring any crazy unforeseen circumstances. Knock on wood!

I decided to keep the walls light and very neutral because the mint-slash-seafoam green carpet is kind of overwhelming, and because I have no colour sense whatsoever, I had a tough time deciding on anything else that would work with it without me feeling like I was living in a clown house. Many many moons from now when we tear up the carpet, looking for original hardwood floors to refinish, I assume I'll go a different direction. But for now this will do just fine. Like I said, I've never had a white room before, so right now it feels a little weird - but it's growing on me. It's better than what it was like when we moved in though, that's for sure.

traditional living room before

The living room still has a ways to go. I still need to finish what I started over by the windows, and I have my heart set on new furniture. But on the advice of many people on Twitter, I'm not going to rush that decision even though we have a pretty hefty gift card that I'm itching to use up. I like lists, so here's a "to-do" for the living room.
  • Paint walls and trim
  • Put up crown molding
  • Decide on window treatments - decision made, just need to can find a post about the roman shades here
  • Buy new couch and loveseat/chair
  • Mount tv and soundbar on wall
  • Find something for underneath the tv to hold electronic gadgets and DVDs
  • Remove a couple of links from the chandelier (Mike can easily bump his head on it) OR consider moving it into a different room and putting something equally awesome in it's place
  • Remove and restore hardware on door
  • Sand down bottom of door so that it's actually functional
I'm sure I've missed a thing or two, but that's basically the gist of it.

So, there's a pretty wordy post for something that could have been summed up with LOOK AT MY NEWLY PAINTED WALLS.

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