My Final Paint Project of 2014: The Living Room Painting is Done!

The living room is painted.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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. newberry sykes living room snappy dresser paint 6 copySo 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.

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6 Comments on My Final Paint Project of 2014: The Living Room Painting is Done!

  1. Sara
    December 16, 2014 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    AHHHH! This colour looks beyond gorgeous, and you are a total star for getting it done at this bonkers time of year. What direction does this room face? I’m always amazed at how greys change based on the points of the compass.

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    • Meredith
      December 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sara. I’m as nutty as the season ;) It’s a west facing room. Sound familiar? ;)

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  2. Anne
    December 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! It really is gorgeous and what a difference a colour, while still a neutral can make in a space. I do love the greys too and am thinking of pulling in the driftwood browns and taupes. Pinned some amazing beachy combos for inspiration. I’d love to get your opinion before I go too crazy tho! Does it feel weird without a paintbrush attached to your arm? :) Enjoy your well earned Christmas with your family.

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  3. Meredith
    December 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I love driftwood browns and taupes Anne. With grey they are so beachy and warm. They’d be great in your family room. The paint brush hasn’t quite left yet unfortunately… But my grip has definitely lightened ;) Just in time to check out paint chips with you, right!?

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  4. Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook
    December 17, 2014 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    I hear you, we had to put a pause on our renos so we could start on some Christmas shopping. I definitely learned my lesson for next time around though! Do not start any huge projects during the end of the year:) This is a great colour for your room! I look forward to seeing your room reveal! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

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  5. Lisa Goulet
    December 17, 2014 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

    It looks great so far and you are definitely a brave woman taking on painting a room, with two little ones and Christmas just around the corner. It does looks great and has the modern touch that you were going for. Have a wonderful holiday with your family, you certainly deserve the break!

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