Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Seeing Red

Oh hi, yes, I'm still here. We are working so hard on the house that I hardly have time to post! You may remember we are trying to finish up by the 1 year mark and that is Dec 19, less than 5 wks away! But somehow we decided to challenge ourselves and see what could be done before my birthday and that is less than 3 wks away! We've made great progress though...

Last I left off we were painting the sun room. Well that was quickly finished and we jumped right in to the kitchen and then right in to the living room. Unfortunately all that painting meant moving our crap from room to room and now it's all spread out in the sun room so you will have to wait longer for those pictures.

However, I do have a wonderful before and after to show you - the living room!

Here is the before... I can't even apologize for the glare because that is not my camera - no my friends, that is iridescent paint around the entire room including the trim.

The paint also had some sort of "dripping" texture which means that Eric had to sand down each and every wall as well as the ceiling which had cracks from the house settling. I will also point out the dainty lace curtains, dated brass fixtures, and stencil over the fireplace. Actually the stencil wasn't so bad, it was green with purple accents (either thistles or pineapples depending who you ask).

Here is the after!

Despite my intentions of taking pictures during the day, I only have night photos. You can see the mess in our sunroom through the doorway. Hide your eyes!

We painted the walls and all the trim including the windows. We replaced the worn window sashes with satin nickel. Then we installed these fancy new sconces. Like, we had to special order them from Home Depot. Swanky!

And another shot.

The paint is Crimson by Benjamin Moore in Eggshell Finish. It is really the perfect red and warms up the room. This was a room we never went in to except to store all our junk and now we always visit this room just to look around!

So far we've moved in some furniture we had and laid down a braided rug. We decorated the mantle a bit and are now trying to decide on curtains.

With my birthday looming we've decided no more new projects... only finishing ones we've started which somehow, seems to be a lot!


  1. It looks WONDERFUL. A HUGE difference! How many coats did you have to do? Did you do a tinted primer? Red is tough to get even, and you did a great job!

  2. We did 3 coats... probably could have used a 4th b/c if you look at it from certain angles, it's patchy. We just used 1 coat of regular primer. It's like a whole new room!