A couple of weeks ago, I finally started painting the wall and trim in the back stairway. It had been bugging me for a while, but the idea of painting those spindles and taping off the carpet seemed like an annoying, tedious project and I kept putting it off. I knew that once I pinned myself down to start working on it, it wouldn’t be as bad as I had built it up to be in my head and that was exactly the case. Why was I so whiney about taping off carpet when it took about 3 minutes?!
I find myself doing that often…talking myself out of starting on a project, because I’m fairly certain it might be torture (or require a small amount of patience.) There have only been a couple of times in my full DIY career that have turned out to actually be miserable, so I should know by now that I should just dive right in and get it done.
As I’ve been doing with most large and mid-sized projects lately, I split this one into a couple of bite-sized projects. I painted the trim and did the cutting-in on the wall one day…
…and then I rolled the wall on another day. It was a couple of weeks later, but that’s okay. It’s done now and it looks so much better! No more peachy off-white.
You may be wondering why the wall isn’t painted in the same color as the kitchen/eating area. Well, that’s because this is one of those tricky walls that belongs to three different spaces – the eating area, the foyer, and the upstairs hall. I decided that the foyer and upstairs hall would be painted in Stonington Gray mixed at 50%, so that meant this wall would have to be painted in that color. I like how the soft color breaks up the off white (which is Pearly White by Sherwin Williams.)
Now, that leaves the butler’s pantry looking a little awkward, but we’ll work on that this summer. It’s going to require some building, so we need to get our garage cleaned, organized, and set up as a wood shop before we can do that. I’m excited to get that area done, though. It’s not bad, but it’s starting to stick out around everything else that has been customized.
Painting the stairway hall in Stonington Gray (50% strength) did cause a bit of a conflict with the adjoining living room. I painted that room in Wickham Gray when we first moved here and that was basically a stand-alone decorating decision. I knew when I made it, that it might be changed down the road as more decisions were made. While Wickham Gray (on the right in the picture below) and Stonington are very close, Wickham was looking very green/aqua in comparison and I didn’t feel like they were playing nicely together. It felt a little disjointed to me. It was subtle, but enough that I wanted to change it and get it right.
I needed to paint most of the trim in that room, anyway, so while I was moving furniture away from the wall, I decided to paint the living room in Stonington Gray (full strength). It’s the sort of change that no one will really notice, but it brings more cohesion to the first floor, especially since the foyer flows into the living room from the front hall and the back stairs. I am sort of doubling-down on Stonington Gray, since it’s in the master bedroom and now the living room and a 50% mix is in the home office and will also be in the foyer and upstairs hall, but the color seems to suit this house and works with a lot of our furnishings, fabrics, etc.
I painted three of the walls and the trim in the living room over the weekend and I’ll work on the window wall and trim next week.
Oh, and we’ll be talking about those carpeted stairs, too…