Roofing has taken priority over the bathroom, and while I’d love to make progress in there and call it done, I’m waiting for Ben to work on the trim. While he was on the roof sweating his butt off installing shingles, I decided to get something done. I looked around the house and decided to finally paint over the red accent wall in the living room.
If there’s one thing I know about my personal decorating sense it’s this: I am not a red person. In stores, I never gravitate toward anything red. Not clothes and not home decor. There’s nothing wrong with red, I just prefer blues and greens. Heck, I can appreciate orange and yellow, but red? Notsomuch.
So this red accent wall was on my list. What spurred this painting session? For one, I couldn’t stand the red any longer. Two, I picked a paint color and I could kill two birds with one paint can stone. Cover the red and test the paint color before painting the entire room only to realize I don’t like it. And three, it would be easier to paint around the entertainment center before Ben installs the upper shelves.
Even before moving in, I decided I would use Glidden’s Wood Smoke for the main areas. It was my second choice when I repainted our living room at our first house. On the sample card, Wood Smoke looked like a medium dark warm grey, just what I wanted. I could easily wrap the color around to the family room and down the hall. The boys and I hopped in the car and headed to Home Depot to pick up a gallon of Wood Smoke in a satin finish. Because we have two little (dirty) boys, I buy satin for the easy wipeability.
We got home and I immediately started painting. Like I had hoped, the paint covered the red well in one coat, but the nooks in the textured walls called for a second coat. And here we are now:
You can see I didn’t get rid of all the red. But that will change soon. When Ben built the lower cabinet boxes for the entertainment center, he also built two upper shells. He added backs (which I’ve already painted) so it would have been a waste of time to paint behind that.
When we find the time to remodel the kitchen, most of the wall from the right side of the bookshelf over to the door will go. Who knows when that will happen, but I’d rather live in a space I like until then instead of staring at the red.
Now that we’ve given the paint a test drive, I’ll have to buy a few more gallons to paint the rest of the room. Still haven’t figured out how I’m going to paint over the stairs.
And after I paint the living room, I’ll work my way to the family room.
Hopefully I can talk Ben into hauling the painted shells up to see the accent color in action. Any guesses what color I chose? Have you been painting this weekend?