Our Progress This Week 11.14.14

Remodeling is a SLOW process when you’re DIYing it. I have thought on a number occasions, what did we get ourselves into?! But when I look at what we have accomplished over the past week, it makes me feel a little better. We still are not living in our house, which I am so grateful for because we can work on a project and just leave but that means we only spend a few hours during the week in the evenings, and then we devote our Saturdays to being at the house. It’s still a little overwhelming to think of all we need to do, but my Mom reminds me by the yard it’s hard, and by the inch it’s a cinch. Smile I have repeated that to myself many times. So what have we accomplished?

Our biggest project that we have completed so far is our popcorn ceilings. They were everywhere and soo messy. I will show you how we did it in another post, but here is a picture of my husband scraping them off, it was a huge job and pretty physically demanding, but they are finally off!

Popcorn ceilings

Now he is in the process of texturing the ceilings which I hope we can finish tomorrow. Then we get to paint them and move on to more “fun” projects.

My focus has been the kitchen. I have all of the cabinets sanded (with a little help) and now I am filling in the holes with wood putty, and will hopefully finish that today and then move on to priming them tomorrow.

Sanding kitchen cabinets

Another major accomplishment? I have decided on a paint color for our kitchen! Wahoo! I went a little crazy at the Sherwin-Williams sale and bought 16 samples of some of my favorite neutrals.  It’s so much fun to see them on your wall and compare them to each other. Here are the colors I sampled, complete with my mental notes.

Kitchen paint color options {neutrals}

1. Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore – love this color, but it’s a little too light. I might use it somewhere else.

2. Sandstone by Behr – also too light, and I want a little more gray

3. Wheat Bread by Behr – Red heart

4. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore – Red heart

5. Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore –  more blue than I want.

6. Ashen Tan by BM – red undertones

7. Accessible Beige by SW – Red heart

8. Senora Gray by BM –  green undertones and a little too cool.

9. Ocean Pearl by Behr– too green.

10 Castle Path by Behr- Red heart

11. Bar Harbor Beige by BM – too much gold.

12. Collonade Gray by Sherwin-Williams – not warm enough.

13. Amazing Gray by Sherwin-Williams – Red heart

14. Sea Salt by SW (a little too light and blue for the kitchen. A possibility for the dining room.)

15. Comfort Gray by SW – Red heart 

16. Vapor Trails by BM ( Red heart my favorite bluish gray)

I had a hard time deciding because I have seen so many of these colors in your home and have just loved them, and I know that any of these colors would look good, but I wanted something that was warmer, would pop against my white cabinets, and not have any weird undertones. After looking at them over the course of the day I decided on….. (drumroll please)

#10 – Castle Path by Behr

It’s a perfect balance of gray and beige and it is dark enough to contrast well with my cabinets, but not too light that it gets washed out. Right now we have some lovely raspberry wallpaper that needs to be taken off first and I want to finish painting our cabinets, so it’s going to be a little while before I get to paint our walls, but I can’t wait to see it in the whole room.

That’s our progress for now,  I will continue to give you more updates along with more paint colors. Thanks so much for sticking with me in this journey and have a great weekend!

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