Beautiful, intentional spaces, OPP: Other People's Paint

Taming of the Loo, Part 1

Because pictures are worth a thousand words, let me launch right into the before pics. (Don’t adjust your screen, it really was this ugly.)

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The patched acoustic tile ceiling, the ugly red paint, the wallpapered 1960’s paneling, the fan that didn’t work, the industrial fluorescent light over the door that served no purposed whatsoever, the cabinet that required a stepladder to reach. Yep. It was a stunner. The outhouse light switch was a particularly nice touch.

But, that antique corner sink held the possibility of redemption. Someday. With so many other rooms and house systems in need of updates, I gave this room a minor face-lift with paint and new lighting.

During the primer stage:

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And after:

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With the wainscoting now painted white, we realized that this room was an example of the previous owner’s DIDon’t. That innocent looking baseboard heater created huge gaps between the pieces of wainscoting when the heat caused the wood to expand. The red paint was dark enough to hide this little issue–white wasn’t so forgiving.

I know. Underwhelming. Don’t leave yet. It will get better in Part 2!

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OPP: Other People's Paint

Metamorphosis

It’s finally spring. I think. Maybe.

I love spring! Spring changes the landscape, gives new life, longer days, and softer nights. Spring starts out slowly, then BAM! It is alive with color and bird song.

That is how this house has been. We are coming up on three (THREE!) years here. Change came slowly, then BAM! Here we are! We’ve completed several major projects: the roof, the boiler, the AC, repainted the exterior trim, added a bathroom, converted a workroom into our master bedroom, and renovated the kitchen. As much as I love my new kitchen, I think the new roof and repainted exterior trim has made me the happiest.

Some people might be Down With OPP (Other People’s Paint), but I am not. Sometimes I’m not even down with my own paint choices. Such is the life of a habitual repainter. (Bunny Trail Moment: I’ll be sharing some of my favorite smaller paint projects soon. While you wait, make sure you get a can or two of Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint from Ace Hardware. When you see what this paint can do, you’ll want to dive in to your own projects–so be prepared!)

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Nothing makes me happier than fixing OPP. The previous owner painted the trim navy blue shortly before we bought the house. Yeah. Navy trim on a blue-green house. (At least the navy was was better than the bright yellow trim color that we found under it!) Our neighbor recently confessed that she thought the navy trim made it look like a haunted house.

It was a bit foreboding: 

After a new roof and white trim paint, it is a whole new house. 🙂

When we bought the house, the roof was metal one that had seen better days. It wasn’t original to the house, so we felt no qualms about ripping that sucker off. Good thing we did–it was hiding quite a bit of rot, especially on this side by the tree:

The whole family took on the trim painting as our summer project. We did hire a painter to do the second and third story windows that we couldn’t reach safely. So much better!

Normally, I’m a Benjamin Moore girl, but we used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint +Primer exterior paint in “right off the shelf” white. Amazing paint. It took between 2 to 2.5 coats to cover the navy, far fewer coats than I anticipated. Our contractor also used this line of paint for the trim in our new bathroom–I think this will be my go-to trim paint from here on out.

As you can see, the greatest changes in this house came from a humble can of paint. (Many cans, actually.) We knew the bones of this house were good, even if the paint choices were questionable.  Nothing that more paint and a little elbow grease can’t fix!

Let’s see what other changes this spring will bring! It’s good to be home.