Friday, February 21, 2014

The Big Kilim Beige Paint Reveal

Well, it's finally here! I've been talking about the big paint reveal for what seems like forever. :) I've been dealing with camera issues, so its taken a lot longer to get this post up. (you can click HERE to see the Master Bedroom/Bath Makeover where we did much more than just paint) First up, lets take a look at an "after" shot of the dining room...


dining room paint

We're really happy with the new lighter paint. We used Sherwin Williams Duration paint in Kilim Beige with a matte finish. Their matte finish actually has a little sheen to it, (which I love) and I think it might be because it's a washable paint. We wanted a much lighter color, but we still wanted the white trim and moldings to stand out, so we didn't want to go too light. I think we achieved a happy medium with kilim beige. :)

The paint was a little more than I wanted to spend, but we got all of it at 25% off, so that helped. And after using it, I can say that it's worth the extra money. It totally covered the dark paint in one coat and we didn't even prime first. You can see in the pics below how dark the old paint was (the name of it was actually "coffee kiss") and we were putting a much lighter color over it. It went on smooth and the coverage was spectacular. :)

Now, here's a reminder of what it used to look like...


dining room

Pretty dark, huh? 

The lighter color really works in here. The room seems bigger too. I switched out the sconces with the ones that were in the living room since we are no longer using them.



You can probably spot a few of my recent purchases in this post too. :)





The lighter paint really seemed to open up the foyer. 


light and bright foyer






Now let's take a look at what the living room used to look like...




family room


I really never liked how close the armoire was to the fireplace. It was like two focal points right next to each other. 



That's pretty dark too. Almost like a cave. :)

And now some lighter, brighter "afters"...



You can see that we rearranged the furniture too. My hubby and son tell me that armoire weighs a ton. :)



I like the new arrangement with the wing chair close to the fireplace. It'll be nice to enjoy sitting in it with a fire going next year. And I say "next year" because winter is over for us here in Texas. We've already got the a/c running again with our 80 degree temps. Oh well, winter was fun while it lasted. :)







I'm still tweaking things on a daily basis, but that's kind of the fun part, right? 






traditional style living room





Below you can see my Chicken Wire Artwork that we added a little something to. 



That's Holly on the back of the loveseat. It's one of her favorite spots. 




I just can't believe how much lighter it is in here. :)






I didn't add any before pics of the kitchen because you can't tell a huge difference. The kitchen was already a lot lighter than the living room. However, the kilim beige is still a couple of shades lighter than the old kitchen paint. The main difference is that now you can't see all the finger prints that were on the walls. :) 



As a girl who can't even sew on a button, I've got to say I'm still really enjoying my No Sew Kitchen Curtains. Gotta love that heat n bond! 







The last time we painted our house was 9 years ago and the boys were 10 and 5. We were really due for a paint job! Little boys can leave a lot of fingerprints, smudges, etc. That's one of the reasons we went with a washable paint this time around. And can I just say how much nicer it was to paint with older kids in the house? The last time we painted, we kept having to stop to do mundane things like feed the kids, etc. :) But this time around, the kids could actually help. We taught them how to wash out brushes properly and our oldest even drove to the paint store for us when we ran out of paint! I sent him with a coupon, of course. :)




Below you can see how we pulled the loveseat out from the wall by about 2 feet. I hated having the furniture pressed up against the wall like it used to be. It's so nice to be able to walk back there to open the blinds now. (I used to have to stand on the sofa to reach up and open the blinds)




One of the reasons we used to have the furniture all around the edges of the room was because we wanted the boys to have plenty of room to play. It gave them a huge space in the middle of the living room to run around and play with all their cars, legos, etc. But, now that they're older, it's nice to have a more cozy conversational area. 



Below you can see my $5 West Elm Mercury Glass Hurricane






As a bonus, I can now see the tv while at the kitchen sink! (it's inside the armoire) :)


traditional kitchen

Well, that's it for the big paint reveal! I hope y'all like it as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by!

~Lisa

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38 comments:

  1. GREAT JOB !!! I love the lighter paint choice. I've always loved my walls a soft beige as I believes it acts as a perfect background for all our things !! Your home is lovely !!!

    I'm curious as to where in Texas you live ??

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    1. Thank you, Betsy! I agree...the lighter color makes it easier to add in all kinds of decor. We're not too far from the Houston area. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Love the new paint color and the new furniture arrangement! Your home looks fresh and airy. I bet it makes your home feel new again.

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  3. So pretty! It is so much lighter and brighter. It's amazing what a difference paint makes. Everything looks brand new!

    Sherwin Williams paint is definitely the best, in our opinion.

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  4. Perfect! I so agree with the brighter and air-ier feel of your space! Don't you also feel it looking so dainty too?! I agree with the new armoire position, perfect for TV viewing for sure. Just 1 quick suggestion, CROWN Molding above especially in the dining room, since you have the beautiful chair rail around. Love it dear, enjoy!

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  5. Love your new paint friend!! It makes the whole place just brighter and bigger! And your kitchen curtains are so fabulous! Did I miss that post?

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  6. Great move with the lighter shade! Beige can borderline boring so love how you embraced all that natural light by going even lighter with the walls. Perfect for spring- can't wait to see how you progress with the rest of the design!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  7. You know I read this whole post at my daughter's house and could have sworn that I commented on it earlier today. Anyway- I LOVE how bright and airy paint makes your place look. It is just gorgeous! I like SWilliams paint and Benjamin Moore, too. They are both really great paints. We always had everything pushed way back when the kids were around, too, to give them more space. I love the looks of furniture that floats though. You have done a great job with your home, Lisa. It is warm (even though it is light) and welcoming feeling. Love it!!!! xo Diana

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  8. Love it! Beautiful color and the white pops...looks so much larger. I like the change in the armoire's home and the furniture moved. I know all this makes you happy!

    xo
    Pat
    P.S. Did you post about the kitchen curtains? I probably missed it....

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  9. Wow! You guys didn't mess around! It really looks so fresh...and hooray for child labor! (haha just kidding) I love your kitchen curtains. I would love to learn to sew, but for now, heat-n-bond and I are best buds!

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    1. Thanks, Luisa! We worked like mad for a few days, but it was all worth it. :) I just recently discovered heat n bond, so now I don't even feel the need to learn to sew! Ha! It's kind of like an upgrade from using duct tape. Not that I've ever done that... :)

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  10. It is just beautiful, Lisa! That really is a perfect color to lighten things up but still make your trim show up well. Great curtains in your eating area. Just a little suggestion: if you have any of that fabric left over, you might want to make a new cover for your door window (or use one that matches with the drapes in that room). Oh, I truly hope you don't take that as anything more than a friendly suggestion.

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  11. Lisa,

    First I have to say how much I love your home...the layout, how spacious it is...so pretty! And the new paint! Beautiful. Going lighter made all the difference and I like the contrast with the wainscoting. The living room looks great with the furniture arrangement, I wish we had an armoire to hide our TV.

    You did a wonderful job (hubby and kids, too!). It was worth the wait to see! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. Oh, Lisa, it looks gorgeous! What a big difference. It looks like a different house.:) Our home is also painted in Kilim beige all through out. What I love most about this color is that it looks pretty in all kinds of lighting and very warm in the evenings when you turn your lights on. I also combined it with Latte, which is in the same color strip. We used that second color for accent walls and under chair rails. Love your home! Enjoy your weekend. Maria

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  13. So pretty! I like the lighter color.

    Pamela
    in Ohio

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! I'm so happy with it. :) It's amazing what a difference a lighter shade of paint will do. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. OMG!!!!!! I can't believe what a huge difference the lighter paint made!! I love your new furniture arrangement in the living room too! Everything looks AMAZING....well worth all those aches and pains :o) Have a great week my friend!!!
    ~Des

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  15. I love the lighter shade of paint you chose. It makes a real difference in your rooms.

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  16. Beautiful!! The new shade is gorgeous. And your living room re-arrangement is perfect! Isn't it amazing what a difference it can make sometimes. I bet you are really enjoying your "new" spaces.

    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!!

    Wishing you an Extraordinary week!

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  17. Wow - what a HUGE difference! Love your new paint color - makes everything look new and fresh!

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  18. I like the lighter color. A new coat of paint is always a room changer and yours looks great. I also like the little accents youi've added.

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  19. Love your new paint color, so pretty! :)

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  20. Love this color. It's amazing how it really changes the feel of your space.

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  21. Love your new paint color and the armoire looks so nice in it's new location. They are heavy, our daughter had one and the last time my husband and son helped her moved they said it would be that last...all due to the armoire...too heavy!
    Hope you have a GREAT weekend and thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  22. My favorite quick fix for anything is paint, what a huge difference!! Love the bright new look, and the new location for your armoire! Thanks so much for stopping by Best of the Nest! :)

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  23. It really does look lighter, what a little or a lot of paint can do. You have a beautiful home.

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    1. Thank you! I'm still amazed at what a can of paint can do to transform a room. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!

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  24. I know s many say COLOR but there are houses likes yours and mine ( which is a tiny home) that says beige. I really like the change and furniture rearrange. Your home looks so bright, open, family hug friendly feeling to your home. Great job on the color, and new decor items . Thanks for all the pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Your comment just made my day! :) I love neutral colors too. It just makes it so easy to decorate, especially around the holidays. Thanks again for your sweet comment and I hope you have a fabulous week!

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  25. Your house is looking FABULOUS! I love the paint and those curtains in the kitchen are perfect!!! I'm featuring you tomorrow!!! XO, Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Aimee! You really made my day! I appreciate your visit!

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  26. Yay!!! Congrats on your feature over at It's Overflowing!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Luisa! I was pretty excited myself!!

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  27. I love the paint color. I am going to remember it for the next time we paint. I think it looks great.

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    1. Thank you, Kim! We were deciding between three colors, and I'm so glad we chose that one. I think it's a nice neutral. Not too dark, not too light. Thanks for visiting!

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