Adventures In Painting

Things are a mess around here.

painting the house

Peter and I bought this house 10 years ago.

It was a spec house. A tear down-new construction. I know that there is quite a bit of angst over the tearing down of old houses to build new, changing the character of neighborhoods. We assuage our guilt in this matter by remembering that we bought the house after it was 99% done.

Only a tiny bit of mea culpa for us.

Even though we purchased the house a decade ago, it is just now that we are both living here full time. For the first 4 years of ownership, Peter commuted to Boston every week. Then we moved to California for 6 years.

Now we are back and ready to make this house our home.

The rabbits still seem surprised by our presence, having had the run of the yard for the last 6 years.

surprised rabbit

The only renovation we have undertaken so far is to build a nice home for Peter’s wine. Peter and his wine love this room.

wine cellar

Other than that, just painting.

As part of the sales contract, the builders agreed to paint the first floor interior if we picked out a color and gave it to them in 60 seconds. Well not exactly, but it felt like it.

Under the time pressure, we decided to go with the lovely yellow color we had used in the laundry room of our last house.

Yes, the laundry room was our inspiration…not very smart.

But this was, indeed, a lovely shade of yellow except for two things.

  1. Our new home is an “open concept” design meaning there is no logical spot to stop one color and start another. And I’m talking the entire 1st floor, up the stairs and throughout the upstairs hallway. Only the bedrooms were spared.
  2. This lovely shade of yellow is soft and gentle in a 7×10 foot room but throughout an entire house including rooms with vaulted ceilings? The gentle yellow becomes a screaming.


Thankfully, with the help of my new BFF, designer Brooke, things are becoming much more zen around here.

The crew is hard at work and the results are even better than I imagined. The yellow is almost completely vanquished. All is good.

Soon we will have the house all pulled together and in the spring, Peter’s attention will turn to the gardens.

Sorry, rabbits. The sheriff is back in town.

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  1. Our house is due for a a paint makeover, even if it just means the same color, but made fresh. Not looking forward to that prospect. Glad you are almost done.
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  2. Who cares about the color of the walls of the house? I would spend all my time in that gorgeous wine cellar! Nothing like a new coat of paint to make a huge difference. Hope the renovation process is a quick one. Have a great week!!

  3. Nice wine room you got there! I am biased to new construction homes. It’s interesting how people gawk over old homes and what not here in IL. In Indiana it’s all about the new construction. That’s very exciting! Aside from everything I hope you are gettit settled out here again!
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  4. Yellow is the hardest color to get right but so perfect when it is. I went through about five iterations before getting it to that soft butter color in a previous home. And your wine cellar? Oh my! Lovely. I just started a new blog – no longer at the empty nest mom.
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  5. The first room for which I ever chose a paint color was the kitchen in my first house. I chose a soft yellow paint without living in the house for even a day. The super sunny kitchen had a cathedral ceiling and large south- and west-facing windows, and we painted it ALL. We tolerated the neon yellow paint color for the seven years we lived there. I never made that mistake again.

  6. Spend enough time in that wine room and you won’t care what color the walls are!
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  7. We have a nice soft yellow in Eve’s room, but it’s a very big room. I can imagine if our entire home was painted that color it would be a bit much! Good luck on the renovations, Mo.
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  8. All is right with the world now as a much more zen color is slowly but surely taking over our house!
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  9. How fun to get rid of the yellow and start anew! And having just driven all over hell’s half acre to drop off our bunny at her vacation spa, I grinned when I read you have wild ones running free. Would you consider taking ours on now and then? She’s lovely. Very quiet except when hungry. In return, I’d be happy to wine sit. Anytime, Mo. Anytime.
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    • It’s a deal especially if your rabbit can teach our rabbits some manners. For instance, only eat the food that is offered to you, not the brand new baby plants that we have just spent hours putting into the garden. Please.
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  10. Can’t wait to see the color (colors?) you chose! We just repainted most of our first floor, with the help of my friend who actually helps people choose paint colors. As in, they pay her. Great gig, right?
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    • That is a great gig, indeed! My eyes glaze over when confronted with the paint color deck. Plus, if I see two blue swatches separately, I will swear they are the same color. Then hold them up next to each other and YOWZA! Completely different.
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