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White is White is White? - Oh My Goods!
Took 3 coats to cover the previous color!

Took 3 coats to cover the previous color!

**This is from week 8 of my unexpected re-model** 

I have started this week’s blog to give you all an idea how long this process can actually take…so my advice is have patience when things don’t run as smoothly or as quickly as you would like it to move!  I have it on good authority my floors should arrive tomorrow so I will definitely post pictures when that happens.

Next step on the list has been to change up the wall colors of the house.  When you don’t have a lot of extra money to put into remodeling, paint is the most inexpensive way to create a whole new look to your space.  I have always loved color and my house has been a rainbow of different shades throughout the years! My last color was Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage and I absolutely loved the way the color changed throughout the day from grey to blue to green and always had a clean look against white trim.
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The subtleties between Whites is just enough to add some dimension

The subtleties between Whites is just enough to add some dimension

This time around I am going the complete OPPOSITE  of color and am painting my entire house white! Easier said than done! There are so many whites on the market that you can very easily end up with something completely different than what you imagined.  My goal was to create a soft white effect that could go either way on the color spectrum between cool and warm accents.  I have a lot of warm woods but am really drawn to the greys and their cool feel.  I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore’s White Dove with Brilliant white for the trim.
Benjamin Moore "White Dove."  The "sample" color on the website looks very different from what is on my walls right now.  Make sure you see the color in real life and bring a test can home!

Benjamin Moore “White Dove.” The “sample” color on the website looks very different from what is on my walls right now. Make sure you see the color in real life and bring a test can home!

Benjamin Moore "Brilliant White" website swatch.  Also different from what it looks like in real life. Always get a test can ; )

Benjamin Moore “Brilliant White” website swatch. Also different from what it looks like in real life. Always get a test can ; )

Covering the Sage proved to be tough and we had to paint the walls three times to hide all the color.  I would recommend definitely using a good primer if you are covering color saturated walls.  My bookcase interior was painted black (definitely use primer here!) and l opted to soften the look with Sherwin Williams Cement Gray (at 50% strength.)  If you like a color but want it lighter or darker the paint store can tweak the color to achieve your own blend.
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Coming Soon: Butcher Block Counter tops

Until next time,

Mari

  1. March 25, 2013

    Tell someone you are painting “white” sounds so easy. It is amazing how many variations are out there. Then factoring how lighting changes everything too. Look forward to your “after” photos when your remodel is done

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