The living room is painted.
I caution anyone from combining the task of finishing Christmas shopping AND painting a living room. Unless you are super woman with eight arms who can effortlessly shop in July and wield a paint brush in December. I am not that woman. I should probably also caution my family that their gifts now consist of stockings full of painter’s tape, paint rollers and anything else I found in the painting aisle of Home Hardware. OK, I jest. But I doubt that next year I will be taking on any more painting projects before the holidays. Thankfully painting IS a relatively quick project. And I admit that I am not completely finished. I still have some touch ups to do on the trim, I need to finish the accent wall and I haven’t yet painted the doors. The doors are going to match the colour of the rest of the doors in the first floor — black! What a crazy colourful world I live in? Grey and black make me giddy. (Shakes head.)
Since it’s my last project in my Para Blog Crew stint, I wanted to share the progress. I’m not showing the whole living room yet, since I haven’t finished the accent wall or re-arranged the furniture. It kinda looks bare without doing the finishing touches. So bear with me while I celebrate the Christmas season with my family and then finish everything up. (At least I don’t have to dim the lights to spare my family the sight of my test paint patches.)
I chose to paint the walls with the colour Snappy Dresser by PARA Paints. It’s a grey, of course, with blue undertones. In smaller, darker spaces it will actually have more of a taupey undertone. When I painted the test patches it even had a taupe hue, so I was surprised, but not in a bad way, when it was more blue than my test patches had shown. Grey is one of those tricky colours that can take on a variety of hues depending on the room, the light and the colours you pair with it.
We went with grey so that we could pull more of a cooler, neutral palette together. Like I mentioned in my last post, I liked the yellow paint colour we had before, but it limited me to colours that I actually wasn’t a fan of. I much prefer cooler colours, so this grey should help me pull the rest of the house together. As you can see, it’s still a bit stark so it should be fun to pull some bright colours in here. For now our Christmas tree is representin’ the colourful side of our world. So with that I send a big shout out of thanks to PARA Paints for hooking me up with paint for the past year. It’s been a colourful ride and I look forward to using up the rest of my paint test pots in interesting ways.