I know I’m preaching to the choir by saying this, but wow, the power of paint is very real……….. And even taking it a bit further…..new trim has some special powers too. The title of this post says it all. The power of those two elements alone are amazing. But when paired together…. that’s how you get a new house without buying a brand new house. I’m going to share some before/after photos and you might think we ditched our 1960s modern ranch that I loved so……
Yeah. I agonized so much over that decision to take the trim dark. And just for the record, there’s little to no inspiration out there that shows dark trim that isn’t black. Meaning I blindly said yeah, let’s paint all ceiling beams, baseboard & casing BROWN. The color is London Clay by Farrow & Ball. It’s marvelous like thick buttery chocolate fondu. Parker calls the color grey, but he also thinks navy is purple sometimes, so there’s that.
I know I’ve mentioned one million times that we had the popcorn scraped throughout the house but not in the living room. Nope. No scraping needed there. We installed tongue + groove paneling made by Metrie over that popcorn and now no one will ever know what’s under it except us. The Metrie paneling we used was two sided – we used the flat side but the other side has a nice detail. We thought about installing the paneling ourselves…..but no surprise, we chickened out.
Aside from the dark trim color, I also agonized over the wall color. We painted every inch of our house in this color. It’s Dimity by Farrow and Ball. Farrow & Ball is my favorite for so many reasons. There’s no such thing as a bad F&B color, bottom line. I always start with F&B when looking for a specific color because they weed out all of the paint colors that maybe shouldn’t be paint colors. Their colors are high-style and while they aren’t all no-fail (lighting can really make or break a paint color), the colors alone are all no-fail colors. It’s just our job to make sure the surrounding elements in the house compliment those said colors…. I wanted to go with a really risky, full on CREAM (no white allowed) paint color. I ended up chickening out just a little and going lighter than I was planning, but I do love me some Dimity. I was actually between Skimming Stone and Ammonite and was heavily leaning towards Skimming Stone because Skimming Stone was more of a beige and Ammonite was a gray, but decided on the day that I had to place the order for 10 gallons to go with Dimity, an even creamier color.
I’m so proud of that mantel. When you rip out every detail of a house, you might feel a little guilty (at least I did). To make matters worse, our neighbors sold us the house!!! Like they owned both houses and now live next door. I know they aren’t reading as there is a zero percent chance they know what this blog is (picture the sweetest 70 yr old couple ever named Jerry & Lellani). Anyway, they lived in this house for 30 years. They raised their babies in this house. This house was/is(?) a piece of them. And then here comes Parker and myself, tornado-ing through this house ripping out every little detail they most likely loved very much. All that to say that the mantel stayed and I can’t wait to have Jerry and Lellani over to show them that. There was a “decorative cover” (not sure what to call it) over the front of the mantel, but I just ripped that baby off to reveal a perfectly shaped fireplace mantel. We sanded it down/stained it slightly and it was ready to go.
(Don’t look at those dirty floors. I’ve come to terms with the idea that our house will never not be dusty when under renovations.)
Moving on to the dining room. We carried the same paint/trim treatment in there.
I especially love how the dark trim around those windows looks. We cased all windows with a 4 1/2″ casing by Metrie that they named “very square” and we used a 7 1/4 coordinating baseboard by Metrie as well. We went with this square shape to keep things nice and clean. The base, case & tounge + groove paneling were all pre-primed, which cut my and Parker’s job in half.
And there you have it…..the power of paint and trim, which both speak for themselves, I think.
Stay tuned on Thursday — I’m coming back with that empty entry but it will be decorated/styled!