Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feeling inspired

As I stare at the blank walls around me (smattered with various paint swatches in completely random places), in preparation for the weekend-long painting extravaganza ahead of me, I can't help but daydream about all the other rooms in this house that need some color and pizazz. The previous homeowners must have either been extremely non-committal, or they really, really liked beige, (I'm betting on the latter) because every room in this house is utterly, boringly, beige.

(That is, except for Owen's room, which received a fun makeover before he ever stepped foot in it!)

Anywho...the color we decided on for the kitchen/living room/hallway (our main living areas) is called "Castle Path" and it is what I consider (and hope will be!) a "safe" color. (It is the kinda gray-ish one on the left, right above the light switch in the picture above.) We are working in a large area of the house that everyone who comes into our home will see, so I'd rather not go too bold (although it MUST be bolder than beige!) I figure we can always accessorize with other things (like our dark wood floors, dark granite counters, and dark leather furniture - hardly "accessories," but it's what we're working with here, people.)

There are three little rooms off of the main living area - a front entryway, a small bathroom, and the laundry room - that are not being painted this weekend. I am excited, however, because I think I can do something really fun in those three areas. I've been looking at other blogs for all kinds of decorating ideas and am in love with this.

Fun, right? I found this stencil here.

Stenciling a whole room will probably be more work than the hubs will approve of, but I think I can probably handle it on my own. I am thinking of doing this (or something like it) in the front entryway, which is a pretty small space. We'll see how it goes.

Maybe I outta get this weekend's project out of the way first. Pictures to come...


  1. FUN! I love it. Can't wait to see how it turns out. :)

  2. OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that pattern and think it will be fabulous in your entryway! Great idea on the gray for the main room though - can't wait to see it all finished up :) I am trying to convince Todd that we should paint our bedroom "greige" - I have been using the OPI nailpolish "You Don't Know Jacque" to try and explain it to him...I think I am about 1/2 way there on getting him to commit to it(but we all know how hard that is. hehe) Love you

  3. I love love love Owen's room. I can't believe I am going to type this, but I cannot wait to be able to paint a house! The picture of the master bedroom is SO classy! If/when you get to that project I'd help you with that stenciling!

  4. Thanks, guys!

    Rae - I love the term "greige!" Did you come up with that? Apparently, gray is the new "in" color for home interiors, or so I'm told, so you can add that to your argument for Todd.

    Mary - I completely get the urge you have to paint a home of your own. There's something so empowering about doing semi-permanent things (like painting) to a house to truly make it "yours." And I'm totally taking you up on the offer to help with the stenciling! I'll let you know when I get to that point. Maybe later in February???