slow learner

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Good news- we are down to the final ‘messy’ projects of Remodeling Round 1. Which means that we get to start moving in next week! I mean, the entire kitchen is still in boxes in the garage, but I’m choosing to focus on the great news of becoming a one-house-family once again instead of the pile of work still to be done after moving in.

While Adam works on finishing up the drywall and electrical, I am trying to get everything painted before we move in.

Want a sneak peak at my revolutionary paint color choice?

Yep, white. In fact, I bought a 5 gallon bucket of white paint and have been making my rounds (actually, Martha Stewart “Glass of Milk” is the paint color- thanks Annalea and Anna Maria for the inspiration). I’d just leave everything as is if it weren’t a terrible pink-y taupe.

In our last couple of houses, I’ve chosen fabulous paint colors and painted all of the rooms before we moved in. But then, in the last couple of houses, there has also been a decent amount of repainting after living in the space for awhile.

Rookie Mistake. That I made twice (‘slow learner’ indeed).

But not this time. Nope. I am hoping that the white paint gives us blank slate rooms. Then, after adding in furniture, and decor, and people, and living in the rooms for awhile, we can re-evaluate and see what colors might work best on the walls (or if the white suits us- I am kind of loving it right now).

Longer process? Yes. Worth it? Juries still out- I’ll let you know in a few months when we push all of our furniture to the middle of the rooms to repaint.

Have you had luck either way (pre-painting or waiting-then-choosing)? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you.

ps- Thanks for all of your fabulous comments and emails after Monday’s post. I am still working on responding to each of you, but know that they were such an encouragement to my worn out heart!

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  1. worth it. We doused are whole house in 10 gallons of valspars ultra white before we moved in because the house’s original colors were so horrid I just wanted white for awhile. I ended up really liking the white and our main living space is still white ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Laura, your house colors WERE horrid. Oh my goodness. I love it that you tried this method as well- I feel like your projects have turned out so great that I am happy to follow in your footsteps down this path. ๐Ÿ™‚
      By the way- this round of redoing a house has been so much rougher than the last few! Did you feel like it was so much harder with kids???

  2. I love the idea of using white. Our builder actually used “Painter’s friend” which is almost like an eggshell, when he built our house. We haven’t changed any of the rooms except one. My mom painted her bedroom maroon and then the next time it needed painted, she went back to the “painter’s friend” color because the darker color showed dust on the walls so bad. Especially with kids using white is such a great idea!

    1. Amy, this comment was such an encouragement to me. I have to admit, I am worried about white everywhere. I am so glad to hear that it worked out for you- thanks for making me less wary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have no advice to give you about painting…I’m a chronic house painter….I drive my husband crazy…I’m always thinking “hummm…I wonder what this room would look like if it was this color…” We even just painted all the cabnets in the kitchen (white by the way).

    Good luck lady. All that remodeling business is exhausting.

    1. Haha, Liz, I love this. Glad to hear I’m not the only one.
      And YES to exhausting. There is light at the end of the tunnel (well, the tunnel for Round 1… I try not to think about all of the rounds still coming- haha!). ๐Ÿ™‚
      Also, I LOVE white kitchens. Love ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Good choice, it means you won’t regret any paint colors either. I am currently in an all white flat and the great thing is, EVERYTHING looks good against white!! You can’t go wrong. Now you can move in your furniture, have a look at your decor, and decide what colors would make everything pop better than your white, if there are any.

    Good choice friend, good choice. This is working smarter, not harder. AND super congrats on getting to this finished stage!!

    1. Erin, I love hearing from someone living in an all white space (and liking it!). ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks so much for all of the other encouragement as well… I can’t tell you how excited I am to move a load of stuff over there tomorrow morning! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oooh, and you’ll love this- Burke has a funny list of requests for decor for his new room including “something from london… like a double decker bus.” HAHA! We’ll see what I can make happen in there (I found a tube map in my purse the other day- maybe that’ll suffice???) ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I can imagine that all white will make your house be filled with MORE light! I would love that! I am drawn to all the completely white spaces on pinterest and I don’t know if you follow Ann Voskamps blog, but she had a neat post on painting the walls white and relating that to Jesus and how he “paints” us clean, recently! Worth checking out!

  6. Love. Just wondered what color you use on the trim with glass of milk on the walls? Also…if you have a paint can still. Could you read me the formula??? My Home Depot claimed they don’t have the formula and would have to color match it. I haven’t had good experience with color matching…

    1. Hey Lo! The formula is covered in paint (I got a 5 gallon bucket), but I think I have it written down somewhere- I will look for it for you.
      Also, all of the trim is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The trim is definitely cooler in tone than the walls, but it works.

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