Hi everyone! I figured today was as good of a day as any to break my winter blog silence, so here goes. I had shared a little of the re-painting of our bathroom on Instagram and thought actually working on the house was a good excuse to a) get back to the blog and b) to try out my new wide angle camera lens. Basically I’m feeling pretty accomplished for painting, blogging, and (sort of) learning to play with a new toy all in the span of a couple weeks. Don’t get your hopes up that this will continue.
Some of you already saw that I went with black paint in our bathroom. I used the very scientific method of checking out the Studio McGee post on favorite black paints, looking at swatches in the store, and then buying a gallon of my favorite one, all in about 10 minutes time. Luckily, it turned out a-okay.
The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Soot and I went for the kitchen/bathroom flat finish. I really do love flat paint on walls and now that paint companies are starting to make it washable, I’m even happier. The color is a “warm” black and has a little navy undertone. It looks different where the light hits or doesn’t, which also makes it fun.
Our entire family currently uses this bathroom (master bathroom coming later this year – yay!) so it’s a good thing the kids are digging the change. My seven year old even told me I’m “cool” for using black paint. I’ll do just about anything to make him keep thinking I’m cool as long as humanly possible. The whole house might be painted black before you know it.
How about a look back at the bathroom when we moved in?
Clearly this bathroom has changed a lot since then but I do love keeping some of the old/weird charm about it. Like the laundry chute, the old door/window moldings, the window latches, the glass doorknob, and even the old mirrored medicine cabinet.
We added the marble hex floor, beadboard, vanity, etc. And then I painted the walls about 42 different colors over time. It’s just such a small and easy area to re-paint I can’t help myself! The color I painted over this time around was this coral number (Sherwin Williams Rejuvenate) which I’ve had on the walls for a couple of years.
I actually really loved that color. But something happened to make it look less coral and more peach/orange over time. Did it fade in the sun? Did I randomly scrub it too hard one day? Whatever it was, it was not looking good. So, I went for the black walls. Who knows how long they’ll last but they sure are fun for now.
Now two things: 1) someone suggested painting the ceiling black, which I thought was brilliant, and I’m considering it; 2) I kind of want to go black all over, including the beadboard/trim. Miraculously, I just saw an instagram post from One King’s Lane showing this stunner, which has the same beadboard all painted in the same black as the walls. Amazing, right? So, tell me the truth. Are either of my two options (black ceiling or black beadboard) too crazy? Likely yes, and even if you don’t think it’s crazy I’m certain my husband will. So we’ll see on that.
Well that’s one fun update happening in the house. We’re also working on laying the last of our new hardwood floors on the main floor (in the guest room) which of course has spawned an entire new look for that space. Not that I’ve made much progress – only selling the old things on Craigslist so far, no new purchases yet. And I’ve been itching to change up the entry, too. So those spots are next on my hit list, to be followed by two new bathrooms down the road…
Happy Groundhog Day (please let it be spring, please let it be spring…)!