I thought I would share a quick peek at the paint we chose. The board and batten is in Cloud White (semi-gloss) by Benjamin Moore and the walls and ceiling are Elephant Tusk (flat). We could not have painted the rooms if it wasn’t for Benjamin Moore giving us the paint. (You can read more about how that happened here.) It looks and feels wonderful! I know the pictures look very similar to what we already had, but it’s a good 5 shades lighter and much more neutral. The last color was the color of a band-aid or cardboard box. I completely underestimated the butterscotch fireplace when I picked that color. Lesson learned!
Also, how awesome a job did The Mister do making and installing the board and batten and new baseboards? It looks amazing. Most of the houses in our neighborhood have original board and batten, and you can’t tell the difference between those with original woodwork and ours. Plus 2,000 points for The Mister.
The room is incomplete, but it will have to stay that way while we save the money to buy a few key pieces, like rugs in both the dining and living room. Two dogs and a toddler who spent most of the past winter season with the stomach flu meant bye-bye cream shag rug in the living room. (But I do marvel at how easy it now is to sweep and mop the floors!)
We also need window treatments to go with our new IKEA curtains, which for some reason are $10 more expensive online. As an aside, I hate the phrase “window treatments.” It sounds more important than it is, at least in our home. What I mean to say is, “I’m going to have a garage sale and then I’m going to take the money I make from selling baby supplies and go buy some matchstick blinds from The Home Depot.” There, that’s better.
I’m sorry that picture is so dark. That is what a wall of glass along the north east wall will do to pictures in the morning. The light streaming in every morning is nice, so I’m not complaining.
The fireplace looks so much better with the new paint. My sister in-law came over and it was one of the first things she noticed. That wall seems to blend much better, and that’s without me adding any accessories or pictures on the wall.
Speaking of pictures, I have to work up the courage to knock nails into the walls and hang up a few. The walls look so fresh and clean, I don’t know when I will have the nerve! It goes without saying that deciding what to hang is an effort in futility.
I hope you like it. We love it! The pictures don’t do it justice, but I’ve talked about the moody lighting in my house before. You’ll just have to trust me that it looks 100% better. :)