DIY Projects Continue: Paint & Lighting


I lost track of how many gallons of paint I purchase for my recent DIY project, but I’m thinking it was about 20 to cover every wall and ceiling. After I completed our kitchen and bathroom cabinet transformation last fall, the paint throughout the house needed redone. We just marked 11 years in our home and we were lucky enough to be able to move right in since all of the paint at that time was fresh and a perfect color to our liking.

Fast forward throughout those 11 years to color fading, along with wrestling by the hubby and dog who fells into the walls, and this home needed a paint refresh.

New color on the left - Behr Smokestack - versus the old.

New color on the left – Behr Smokestack – versus the old on right.

We picked the colors last spring when I started my painting project in our master bedroom. My goal – keep the paint consistent and as neutral as much as possible throughout and then accent with color. The new color – Behr Smokestack – the perfect taupe color with some gray undertones that blended perfected with the carpet – another home project!

However, one bathroom into my paint job and I realized just how badly the ceilings also needed paint. Honestly, I don’t think they were actually white! I pride myself in keeping a clean house, but those ceilings were either gray or dirty. (I’m going with the gray.)


The wall color completely transformed our space changing from a yellowish tan to a fresh smoky taupe. But the mess also followed me. For weeks we lived in a plastic draped home cover every piece of furniture, flooring and cabinets. When I finished with the base color I even added a couple of punch walls with burnt orange and espresso brown.





And then I called in an electrician. If we were going to paint the ceilings, now was the perfect time to get rid of the dated kitchen lighting. Out with the old track lighting and in with new recessed LED lights that brought our beautiful kitchen up to spec. The difference is extraordinary that I can’t believe we waited so long. We also updated our dining room and flyer lights, as well as the bathrooms to get rid of the builder grade Hollywood vanity style.



bath-1With that, this recent DIY project is complete. I’m OK if I don’t see a paint brush for another 10 years. Now to enjoy our home for the holidays.


Lighting Updates

The ceiling fans have now been updated from the outdated white, left, to a brushed nickel with rich wood blades.

The ceiling fans have now been updated from the outdated white, left, to a brushed nickel with rich wood blades.

We’ve owned our home for more than nine years now, and with every year we find updates that make it more ours. And of course some of those updates were just needed – like the new roof and exterior paint!

The landscape has been a labor of love for years and I don’t think we’ll ever truly be done with our outdoor space as I’m always finding new plants and flowers to brighten the great outdoors. The trees are finally taking off and we’ve redone our garden boxes that now fill our home with veggies all summer long.

As for the inside, we just recently started addressing small updates. Well I say small, but really it all started with the replacement of our carpet. Needless to say the builder-grade off white carpet had seen its better days. So in the week following the Colorado 2013 Flood, we finally signed on the dotted line and ordered brand new carpet. It has so worth the wait and has made our home so much warmer. We’ve added new paint and even updated all the hardware to brushed nickel getting rid of the dreaded brass.

While many of the fixtures in our home had been updated by the previous homeowners to clean looks, what we lacked was any type of ceiling lights in our guest bedroom and office. We depending solely on the use of lamps in those rooms which served us well for years, until recently. When the hubby back to school we ended up with two desks in the 10×10 office. With graduation on the horizon, it was time to get rid of the large, bulky desk. We sold it quickly and rearranged the office.

One problem unveiled. The lamp could no longer be hooked into the outlet controlled by the switch.

It was time to call an electrician.

So last weekend we added fan and light kits to the guest bedroom and office, and also updated the outdated white fans in our master bedroom and living room. What a difference! I can’t believe we waited so long.

My next DIY project? I’m embarking on covering up the builder-grade oak cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. Wish me luck. Stay tuned for my journey.


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