Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The embarrassing truth...


Does anyone else have a problem with posting "before" and "after" pictures? I find it embarrassing. Sometimes you don't realize how "bad" it's gotten until you capture it on film. Typically, when bloggers post "before" and "after" photos, it's a comment on those who owned the house "before" the blogger bought it. But, when you've lived in the house for over 20 years, you've no one to blame but yourself. {sigh}

I tend to get used to things around me until one day it hits me that an update is definitely in order. Last week I started painting my main floor hallway, and during the process realized how outdated the color was in my entryway.  I painted the entryway "Butter Cream -- Restoration Hardware" years ago and liked it at the time, but it had definitely seen better days. Last week I tested "Behr Coliseum Marble" -- the same color I was painting the hallway -- on one of the walls in my entryway to see if we would like it. We lived with it for a few days before we decided we loved this warm gray color...


Years ago I painted this entryway myself. It's a two story monstrosity. I could have been killed. At the time I didn't realize how difficult it would be until I was halfway through and by then there was no backing out, so I finished the job and vowed "never again." This time I got three estimates. One came in at $1200, another at $1100, and the third at $500. {I furnished the paint.} If the $500 quote would have been from a high school student with no experience, I would have dismissed it, but it was from a professional painter with 40 years experience, references and insurance. I'm no fool. He and his assistant arrived yesterday morning at 8am and they were done by 3pm -- two coats of paint on everything. It looks gorgeous...


My camera doesn't capture colors well when I take inside photos. There is actually more of a difference in the very white ceiling and the gray on the walls. It's so pretty.


Within the last few months we've updated our main floor with new paint in every room. Now I'm heading down to the basement and updating the paint on those walls. We're also going to be refinishing a bathroom down there. That's another one of those "before" pictures that is going to be hard to publish. {eek}



10 comments:

Jboo said...

It looks so lovely!! We need to do major repainting at our house too! Great job!

Jillian said...

It looks beautiful! I love the grey color! What a difference a color of paint makes to a room!

Nancy said...

Wow Suzanne..So much brighter..I am glad that you didn't attempt this on your own again..Enjoy

fairy454 said...

Fantastic job and I am just the same, I do not see what is around me till one day it just hits me.

Hugs
Lisa

~Carla~ said...

Just lovely!! Well done!

Gail Wilson said...

I'm one of those that have been in my home for 37 years! so I have nobody to blame buy myself. :)
you've been busy since you're all ready to head downstairs!
Love the new look, and so happy you got a good deal!
whew! that is scary that you did it before. yikes!
gail

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Maria said...

First of all I want to say that it looks beautiful and secondly how much your post made me laugh. It was only last night when we suddenly had a guest round to stay that I realized how much actually needs doing. I'm so accustomed to seeing it the way it is. I think it's time to take some action.

Chris said...

Great color! It looks so pretty,crisp and clean! :)Yes we have been here 12 years and I am JUST now doing a second paint job in some rooms! EEEK!! (and it is dragging on because I keep getting side tracked with everyday LIFE! :)) What a great deal on your painter...the only thing better is a son who paints for you and you just feed him! LOL

Substance of Living said...

I like how you used gray for the walls. It's calming and beautiful. I have to say that the landing really caught my eye with the branches and adorable pillows. Thank you for sharing.

That was an awesome deal on the painters. Way to go!