This past weekend, we had a paint party at our house. Paint.Â Partay.Â Can I get a woop-woop?Â
Meet Pawel and Alyssa:
These are ourÂ two very good friends who have helped us many timesÂ during our house renovations (like building a fence, and moving large furniture).Â This weekend, theyÂ came over to help us transform our two front living rooms from brown trimmed, bland white walled-ness, to crisp white trim and yummy mocha-ness.Â
On the right of the entry way, the living roomÂ started out looking like this:
To the left of the entryway, the newly-dubbed “TV room” looked like this:
The mismatched front door looked like this (thanks to our puppy, Arriba):
and the stairway looked like this – check out that funky striped wall paper!
Between the four of us, we prepped, primed and painted.Â The wallpaper was scraped off.Â Five window frames, two door trims, a fireplace, a closet doorÂ and the front door transoms were primed twice. The walls and stairways received a coat of paint.Â And although there is more painting to do – glossing the primed surfaces and a second coat for the walls – it really is amazing to see the transformation.
The living room now looks like this:
You’ll notice we didn’t paint all the way to the ceiling and floorÂ - these points will eventually be covered by white crown moulding / base boards. We also didn’t paint the brown window frames seeing as the windows will *hopefully* be replaced soon (to avoid more water leaks).
I love how the mocha color makes the fireplace pop – before it just faded into the background.
In order to prep for our office makeover (details coming soon), we’ve moved our living room furniture into theÂ “TV room”. Although it is in a state of transition, the creamy cappuccino walls really make this space feel so much more inviting:
One of the best transformations was painting the brown-trimmed fireplace white to match the fireplace in the living room.Â Once all theÂ electronics are moved, and the newly-mudded cracks are sanded and painted, this will be a great focal point in the room.
Removing the wallpaper from the entryway and stairs also made such a big difference (all your hard work wasÂ worth it, Alyssa!)
But perhaps my favorite transformation of the day was painting the front door transom windows white to match the door.Â Well, it’s been primed twice, in need of a coat of gloss paint and the painter’s tape removing, but who cares?Â Just like with the fireplace, changing the brown trim to white makes the space look so much more inviting.
So, there you have it.Â It’s amazing what four friends, a gallon of primer and a couple gallons of paint can do in just a day.Â What amazing transformations have you done in your house?Â Maybe it was some new paint, some new curtains or a great light fixture that radically rejuvenated your home?Â Do tell.