Stroke the Furry Walls

So. Much. Brown. Trim.  And wallpaper.  You just can’t forget the fuzzy wallpaper with the hotel corners (you know – those tacky clear plastic strips that keep the wallpaper from peeling at the edges).  This room has come a LONG WAY.

Before (listing pics again – previous owner’s furniture):

The last shot is towards the front door and shows the entertaining bar that joins the kitchen & living room.  (That’s a little Liam head from the first time we saw the house)

In memory of our furry walls and because I love Russell Brand:

To Do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint walls, trim, wainscoting & built ins
  • Hang stuff on the walls
  • Add outlet in cabinets for electronics
  • Style bookcases
  • Replace ceiling fan
  • Paint brass outlet covers
  • Replace brown outlets with white
  • Replace door hardware to screen porch

The paint color selection process had some ups and downs.  I was nervous about choosing colors since the floor plan is open and you can see several rooms from any point.  We also had to leave the faux finish in the kitchen and wanted it to blend.  I contacted a local designer/blogger that I liked and asked if she was available for a color consultation & was very excited when she said yes.  I got some ideas together and waited (im)patiently for the 3 weeks prior to our appointment only to have her cancel on me 2 days ahead of time due to a busy schedule.  I drank some wine went to Sherwin-Williams the next day to get some samples.  I was happy to find that HGTV had collections of colors that were made for exactly this purpose – to ensure your house doesn’t clash but isn’t boring.  After some deliberation, we decided to go with the Liveable Luxe collection because it had very nice updated neutral greys & tans.  All the trim in the house will be SW – Snowbound & the Family Room walls are SW – Gateway Gray.  The foyer is SW – Relaxed Khaki.

We had professional help with the trim and the wallpaper removal.  Let’s face it – this job was WAYYY too big to not bring in the pros.  Greenwave Solutions did an excellent job with this hairy task (I mean that literally).

Here are a few work in progress shots from the end of each paint day:

Day 1 – Tape everything off & remove the furry wallpaper

Day 2-3: Angels sing.  Trim is primed & painted.

A lack of planning and abundance of optimism (it can’t smell THAT bad) led us to this sleeping arrangement for a couple nights during the process.  The primer was some pretty hard-core stuff so we had to leave all the windows on the top 2 floors open, turn on the fans & turn off the heat (the basement & main floor share a HVAC unit so all the fumes circulated downstairs when the unit was running).  Liam slept in a Pack & Plan in the basement bedroom with our only space heater and Kevin and I (& Buddy) shared the main room in the basement.  We had no furniture, TVs, etc in the basement at this point so it was slightly uncomfortable & very COLD.

Last day: Now the decorating can begin!

The next few shots are from more recently.  I’ve arranged & re-arranged the bookshelves a few times.  We found a great piece of art at Virginia Highlands Summerfest to hang over the Juke Box.  The accent chairs were changed out when I found the pretty grey ones on sale at World Market.   We also replaced the fan and were lucky not to have to install it ourselves due to a great deal we made with our electrician.

One more side by side comparison for impact:

To Do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint walls, trim, wainscoting & built ins
  • Hang stuff on the walls
  • Add outlet in cabinets for electronics
  • Style bookcases
  • Replace ceiling fan
  • Paint brass outlet covers
  • Replace brown outlets with white
  • Replace door hardware to screen porch

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