I was originally going to hold off on painting the living room until I had a chance to bounce a few color ideas off of some friends. Unfortunately, I was born without any of that shit that let’s you not do stuff immediately, I think it’s called patience. So in my quest for instant gratification, I decided to stop by the ol’ Home Depot today to pick up a silvery grey (Behr Offbeat) for the main living room walls, and a silvery blue (Behr Glass Mosaic) for the fireplace/accent wall. Side-note, who the fuck comes up with paint color names anyway? I have a bunch of samples with names like Hipsertfication, Film Fest, and Desert Breeze. If you would have guessed that hipsterfication was a rust-tinged red, and Film Fest was a dark smokey grey, then you’re smarter than me because dark smokey grey seems like a way better name, BUT I DIGRESS.
Also of note, I bought a really nice couch. It’s filled with goose down feathers, because I hate geese and love comfortable furniture. That’s what we call a two-fer. ANYWAY, I only painted half of the living room today. Specifically, the wall behind the couch (left of above picture) and the fireplace wall. I am pretty pleased with the way that OFFBEAT (silvery grey) turned out, and I think I’ll paint the rest of the main area walls and hallways with that color. I also sanded and painted all of the trim and baseboards in a hi-gloss pure white. Which really makes that shit pop.
It’s a bit hard to tell from the night-time pictures from my shitty cell phone, but the silvery grey turned out really nice. The blue is a little bit intense right now, but once I put some pictures up on the wall, it should have a really nice feel to it. All-in-all I’m pretty pleased with how everything turned out.
Also an interesting note, at this point I have tried many different methods for getting clean paint lines, including: painter’s tape lines, ceiling edge tools, spray shields, and free-hand edging with a short handled angle brush. I have found that I can get a straighter edge on the walls, trim and ceilings free-hand, than with any of these gimmicky other tools. Especially as I get more practice, I don’t even see a point in taping anymore, since I can just do the edges by hand after the fact and have better results.
I also finished painting the master bedroom a few days ago, and moved all of my furniture in. It’s really nice to have a proper bedroom once again, and the dark smokey grey (excuse me, FILM FEST), turned out really nice, especially given the contrast with my bedroom furniture. I also installed a new ceiling fan, which doesn’t look and sound like it’s from 1984.
I did have a nice bed at one point, which I broke, and then fixed, and broke once more. So I am currently just rocking the box-spring and mattress on the floor action. One of these days I’ll pick up a cheap frame and headboard off of Craigslist or something, but again it’s not a high priority right now.
Bonus update, I replaced this empty junction box (j-box) in the middle of the ceiling that the previous owner thought was perfect just the way it was. I thought it would be nice to have a hallway light. They make LED recessed lights that retrofit onto everything nowadays. They’re really slick!
That’s it for now, I’ll probably finish the other half of the living room and maybe a bathroom or two this weekend. DON’T ACT LIKE YOU’RE NOT IMPRESSED.