GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Painting

The Colors, The Colors

The walls are going up, which means it won’t be long before there’s paint going up on those walls. Which means we better have some idea of what we want before the call comes in from LC.

And so Sig Other’s and my colorful conversation began with words like, subtle and muted…and ended with at least an idea of what we’d like for each room. It helped to find pictures online of rooms painted with the colors we like.

[Note, colors don’t come across so well on computers. But then they don’t come across so well on those little color swatches either, so hopefully we’ll be able to confirm the colors before they go up.]

FOYER, STAIRWELL, LIVING ROOM:
Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige:
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DINING ROOM
One of our challenges, since it’s open and will share the same color as the kitchen which will have white cabinets, a very dark gray counter top and light gray flooring. Right now we’re leaning toward this color but that may change if we think it’ll have too much gray going on:
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
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MUDROOM
Benjamin Moore White Dove
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DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM
Benjamin Moore Carlisle Cream
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UPSTAIRS OFFICE
Benjamin Moore White Dove
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UPSTAIRS GUEST BEDROOM #1
Benjamin Moore Pale Smoke
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UPSTAIRS MAIN BEDROOM
Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage
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UPSTAIRS GUEST BEDROOM #2
Benjamin Moore Weston Flax
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UPSTAIRS BATHROOM
Still not sure what color to go with for this room. I’m guessing it’ll be somewhere in the blue-gray area. Either the gray I posted the other day. Or something like this with wainscoting around the bottom:
Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue
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Tiles and Smiles

When we walked into the tile store, here’s what we were looking for:

1. Shower tiles: Something simple, easy on the eyes, preferably white with an accent row of color

2. Bathroom floors: Floor tiles to match the countertops without calling too much attention to themselves

3. Kitchen/mudroom shared flooring: Something light to balance with our dark kitchen countertop

4. Professional assistance: Someone who would listen to our needs, know exactly what to show us, help us stay within budget and be patient with two people who think a beveled white tile is ‘way too much’ for our simple taste

We found it all in one visit, thanks to the attentive owner and her helpful employee.

We showed MVP Mom our samples afterward and got her nod of approval which sealed the deal.

Here’s a quick overview:

UPSTAIRS BATHROOM
Shower tiles are white. Accent tiles have a white/gray color palette with a very slight hint of purplish-blue. Vanity will be white.
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DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM
We’re going with a sandstone, brown and white color palette. Vanity will be dark brown.
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KITCHEN
We think we’re gonna go with the same floor tile we chose for the upstairs bathroom. The downstairs tiles will be much larger than the upstairs ones. Cabinets will be white. Not sure about wall color yet.
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MUDROOM
Same tile as the kitchen, which should match our washer/dryer nicely..
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