When we closed on our house four years ago, the first thing we did was grab some swatches, pick out a beige color, and coat our ENTIRE home in 5 gallons of that same color. Learn from me, will you? Don’t buy one color for your whole house without living in it. Scratch that, don’t buy ANY color without first living in your home!
I liked the color in daylight but when it started to get dark out and our lamps were on, it turned into a peachy color. One that made our rooms and furniture and woodwork look orange and dirty.
Painting the trim white did make it better. But as time went on, we painted over that beige color in every room. First in the family room, then in the kitchen, in the dining room, and in the living room turned “mom cave”. But our bedroom still remained the beige “Everlasting” color. When I worked on posts or makeovers in this room (see this sunny bedroom update here), I would cringe while uploading and editing pictures. Everything just looked so dirty and dingy.
I realize this all sounds dramatic, but this paint color was keeping me from loving the room.
We’ve been talking about putting our house for sale (more on that in another post) and I figured it was time to update this room with a new shade of paint. It needed a new paint job. We prepped and painted it a very light greige (grey-beige) from Martha Stewart called “Whetstone Gray”.
And well, here is the before and after…
(with curtains and all that)
Wow wow wow. It is SO bright now! And it makes the whites and neutrals and colors pop. The wood flooring (original to the house) and old doors look less orange and more updated.
I keep thinking there is a light left on in here because it is SO bright.
We devoted a Saturday to prep and painting, on half of Sunday we caulked and put everything back in. And the kids only watched one movie. I probably spent more time thinking about how much I disliked this room than we spent painting it. Is that a stretch? Maybe.
No… probably not. ;)
What do you think? Worth painting it?
Is there a paint color in your home that you dislike this much? What would you do to it?