Ooh, I have been having so much fun picking out paint colors for the new house. I adore color, but the current walls are rather, um, bold for my taste. Bold and dark and high gloss. Not a great combo. The main areas of the house- kitchen, keeping room, and family room are totally fine. The rest? Well, I immediately got out my paint deck when our offer was accepted and started dreaming.
1. Pale Oats- I have never seen this peachy hue used before, but it's in our current master bathroom and I adore it. Ladies, I have bags under my eyes like you've never seen, but this background manages to make me look rosy and alive. I'm repeating it in our new master bathroom, which is rather dark. Highly recommend for any bathroom- super flattering and warm, without being overwhelmingly, 80's style peach.
2. Revere Pewter- you've heard about this color ad nauseam, I know. It's in our current master, an excellent foil to the warm Pale Oats, and looks great with my red iron bed. There you go. It will be replacing mustard yellow.
3. Hazelnut Cream- my go-to neutral. I covered our condo in this shade, used it in our mudroom, kitchen, and family room here, and now will use it in the entry, upstairs hall, guest bathroom, powder room and my office space in the new house. People always ask me the name of this paint- it has just the right amount of both brown and pink. It warms up a room, but stays firmly in the background.
4. Hawthorne Yellow- this is a new one for me. I adore all the historical colors collection from Benjamin Moore, and this color comes highly recommended. I love a good yellow- hopefully it will work, for the small, dark and dreary kids' bathroom and the currently pea-green laundry room.
5. Camouflage- another new-to-me shade, I plan on using this in the formal living room (currently a non-offensive light blue, that is just not me) and dining room (currently an offensive high gloss cobalt blue). This is a lighter and greener gray than the Revere Pewter.
6. Palladian Blue- same as current nursery. I love this hue, and it is super popular, so obviously I am neither alone nor original. It's going to be great in Deeds' new nursery, and will transition well when he gets a big boy room. It's replacing a baby poop brown.
7. Guilford Green- normally I use Georgian Green (our laundry room cabinets and DH's current room, plus our kitchen in the condo), but this is a bit lighter and the guest bedroom seems a little dark. We shall see how it looks. It's replacing a bright purple.
8. Love and Happiness- Dell Harper's new room. Pinks are tough, but this one has excellent reviews. Pink little girls' rooms can be super annoying, so I hope this works. If it looks like a Pottery Barn Kids catalog, I will be hitting up the paint decks anew. The fact that it's named after my favorite Al Green song is a sign in its favor.
All colors are Benjamin Moore. Nothing is sponsored. If someone wants to, however, I'm completely down with that. Paint gets expensive, yo. Especially when you are going to have to do 5 billion coats of primer to eradicate the current colors.
In the saving money department, I found a Baker dining room table and chairs for $250 off Craigslist a couple weekends ago. It is beautiful! I also found barely-used moving boxes and supplies which I am looking at this week. Morgan did not share my enthusiasm when I showed him the moving supply post, while jumping up and down. The boy obviously does not understand how those boxes get pricey, and that liquor store boxes ain't gonna cut it for our fine china and other assorted wares. This is not college, mister.
Finally, an anonymous commenter left a comment on Friday's post containing my new address and admonishing me to think of my safety. Although the commenter could have probably been a bit gentler in his/her warning, they were in fact, completely correct. I was being a moron. In my naiveté and excitement, I did not heed caution when putting up a picture of my soon-to-be (fingers crossed) front door. I truly appreciate the comment and warning, even though it called me a moron- that definitely caught my attention, which was needed! So thank you, commenter!! (that looks sarcastic- it is not.)