I made some more progress on the basement family room makeover late last week and over the weekend. It’s feeling good to see it come together, little by little.
The first thing I did is I played around a little bit more with things I already had. We’ve decided that we do like the arrangement of wing chairs, so I’m going to be on the hunt for a round pedestal table and a chandelier to hang over the table. I had a dry sink that belonged to my Opa that was displaced in the furniture shuffle, so I tried it just to the right of the stairs. I added a mirror and lamp from my stash and some old chairs from our last kitchen table (they belonged to Jeff’s grandparents.) The vacuum, of course, balances out the arrangement.
I would paint the dry sink, but the scale of everything is actually quite nice. It breaks up that long wall a bit and provides some more storage. It was free to try and I think it might be a keeper.
After stalling a bit, I finally broke open a can of primer. I used a mid-tone primer by Farrow & Ball for the walls. When I shared this on Instagram and several people asked why I was priming the walls prior to painting them. There are a couple of reasons… 1.) I’m trying out Farrow & Ball paint for the first time and I want to test out how the paint goes on a primed wall vs. a wall that is just wearing some old latex paint. I’ll let you know if the primer makes a difference and is worth the time and expense.
2.) I was painting over a lot of patches and drywall repair. Priming will give uniformity to the paint.
I will admit that rolling on the primer was a bit anticlimactic since it was almost the exact color that was already on all but one of the walls! But, it didn’t take long and it did provide me with a nice, uniform surface.
I decided to work two walls at a time so it’s not such an overwhelming project and it causes less upheaval in the room.
On Sunday afternoon, I painted the first coat on the two primed walls. I wanted to share that one of the paint cans arrived like this…
The reason I’m sharing it, though, is this can simply happen when a can of paint is shipped. It was very well packaged and all of the other cans were intact. The bag also prevented it from making a mess in the entire box, which I really appreciated. And, Maria from Dreamy Whites (where I ordered the paint), immediately sent me a replacement, even though this can is still useable. Accidents are going to happen, but how the retailer responds speaks to the quality of the company and a confidence in their products.
And, oh man, this color is so beautiful. It’s Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball and I am so glad I picked it! It looks rich and classic.
It went on beautifully over the primer. I’ll paint a wall without the primer and let you know how it compares, but I can tell it provided nice adhesion for the paint. While the coverage was great, it will require one more light coat just to make sure the color is uniform, which is what I was expecting.
And, it looks stunning with the built-ins, which was one reason why I selected this color. The green undertones compliment the red in the built-ins, making for a classic combination.
Here’s the big question that I’m mulling over, though. Should I paint the trim and doors in Oval Room Blue as well? I can’t decide if the white trim is a nice accent or a distraction.
The trickiest part is I have white plantation shutters and I really don’t want to paint those. The mantle will be painted in Oval Room Blue and I will be painting the fireplace surround with the same technique as I used in the living room. (You can find that tutorial HERE.)
I’ll also be painting the wet bar built-ins and the banister…
(Sorry the pictures are a little crummy in this post. I was just snapping them quickly with my phone and it’s a little darker down there.)
What are your thoughts? Could I paint the mantle, banister, and cabinets and leave the trim white? Should I paint the doors? Should I just paint it all? But then could I leave the blinds white? So many options… What would you do?
The good news is that I don’t have to make a decision right now. I can get everything else painted, get the curtains up, work on the furniture, etc., and then I can decide down the road. I think we put pressure on ourselves to have it all figured out before we even start on the room, but we can just take it one step at a time. It might take longer, but it will usually prevent mistakes, rushing things, forcing things, and regrets.
So, with this makeover, I’m just taking one step forward, seeing how it feels and looks, and then taking the next step.