Painting woes…

January 9, 2013 by 8 Comments

Hi sweet Friends… I hope your week is going well for you!  I’m sitting here sipping my morning coffee and I have a lot on my mind.  I wish I had an awesome post prepared for you but instead  I’d like to share some “trouble-spots” in my house.  Do you have those?  While we enjoy an open floor plan in the house, I find it extremely hard to decorate. The house is about 15 years old, it has white built-ins in living room , hallway and baths. However, the kitchen cabinets are white-washed oak.  Our furniture is traditional, medium to dark brown. I hesitate to paint the dining room table and chairs….why?  Fear of making a mistake?

The living-room looks okay,  but it is not cohesive with the rest of the open area.  I understand the concept of carrying the same color scheme throughout the house,  for some reason I’m struggling with the dining/breakfast area.  You know I love my “vanilla”  or neutral color…I posted about it here. But the dining area was in need of some color. Over the holidays I replaced the  “ivory” colored drapes with a charcoal grey/neutral pattern drape which I liked.  I painted the lower part of the wall area a shade of grey to compliment the curtains.  But the wall ended up looking more blue than grey – not what I envisioned and not working well with the rest of the house.  Mistake!

Breakfast Area

While it looks alright in the picture…it is not cohesive and separates this space from the rest of the open area.  So,  this will become my next project….to paint over the grey …make it all one (off white or cream) color. I’d like to keep the curtains.  I would also like to paint the kitchen cabinets…but that will lead to replacing the counter-tops and changing the back-splash.   You know, one thing leads to another….especially when you work with an open floor plan.  Oh,and by the way,  how can I freshen up the area over the sideboard….maybe two prints in white frames? Just thinking…

Thanks for enduring my “babbles” today….as you can tell lots of fun projects planned here at home.

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8 Responses to “Painting woes…”
  1. Just a thought…maybe you should embrace the blue/gray color and try to add in some touches of the color in your living room…just for a little while. You’ve got a good start with the little gray pot you just jazzed up with gold paint. I know you have a certain PB pillow that has a little bluish color in it too. Anyway, I know whatever you do will be beautiful. It always is.

  2. Debbie says:

    Moni, I really love the fabric you used for your drapes. Did you make them? Did I miss an earlier post about them? They’re really pretty. And I also really like the plate hanging in the middle of the frame. Is the plate attached directly to the wall? I’m being nosy, aren’t I? In any case, I wish my “trouble spots” looked as nice as yours! 🙂 I’ll leave the advice to others more qualified than I, but I’m sure whatever you come up with will look very nice. Have a great day!


    • admin says:

      Hi Debbie, the drapes came from World Market (purchased at a discount) and the plate is on a wire hanger which hangs on a nail in the wall. Thanks for the sweet note, always appreciate it so much!

  3. Christine says:

    Moni, we are in the same boat….I bought a greyish blue and repainted the master bedroom and with the sun light and wood floors it looks more like robins egg blue! I’m going cream as well….If you want to keep the drapes, maybe try taking one drape to the paint store, having them match one color (you can even have them add some white to lighten it 10 to 20%) and do the cream on top and the matched color on the bottom of th walls….If you dont want things to spiral into new drapes, painted furniture, new rug, etc….lol. I’d also slip cover the chairs, and use a cream colored centerpiece…..leaving the table alone…then if THAT doesn’t work, then paint then the furniture. You might be more sure then…sorry for the long comment, good luck!

    • admin says:

      Wonderful ideas, thank you! Love the thought of slip-covers for the chairs! You’ve been a big help, thanks so much for your thoughts and awesome ideas!!

  4. Martina says:

    Moni I like the color below the chair rail, your drapes look great with it. I also like the frame with the plate, how about adding more plates around the outside of the frame to make it a little more substantial. Do you have any of the fabric left from the curtains to have some pillows made for your living room?

    • admin says:

      I love all of your ideas Martina! Never thought about adding more plates around the outside of the frame.. thanks!!
      No curtain fabric, however I will try add more grey touches into the living room. You are awesome, thank you!!

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