Tuesday, September 18, 2012

V and Co: sherwin william paint

confession: instagram and facebook are a lot easier and faster for me hence why it feels like i hardly blog these days.

the other day i took a picture of my new hair cut with my phone and gave a sneak peek of my third time is the charm painted house and put it on instagram and  Facebook.

today while i was trying to set my camera and was checking lighting to take a picture of a project, i snapped this picture:
notice the iPod stuffed in between the cushions
i looked at it and realized i've not taken pictures of my house in a loooooooong time.
why is that?
we've been here already a year and some, and i think it's because i haven't really done anything exciting to it, i've not put up many things on the walls, and i have so many things i want to do to it...that i just didn't think it was worth a blog post to talk about it.

but really it comes down to this:
 i could just post it on either of the other social medias and all you have to do is click "like" or double tap on the picture to give me a heart.

no need to leave a comment no need to say anything. just "like" or double tap.

i think before it was much easier to post a few pictures and talk about it on my blog because before i didn't have all the other social media networks that i have that are much quicker than a whole blog post. anyone else feeling this way?
it's cool, but sad all at the same time.
i want to take pictures again, i want to do a whole blog post on how i put up three pictures and added a plate to the wall, and not feel like i've just wasted everyones time because "hello...didn't you know you could just post it on facebook or instagram?" yeah i know. dumb.

k so here we are.
lets talk about what i want to do to the house:
this house is new. so of course i can't really justify a lot of changes because...well everything works well, somethings are not my taste, but hey not a huge deal. so here are a few things i'd like to put in the category of "if i had money to waste i would do this with it":
first i would change out the light fixtures. i would die for  this one. okay maybe not die. but i would feel like it would be the best fit. but for the $400 price tag. eh.
so this one is a good fit as well. and especially for the price...well compared to the first one at least.

then i'd like to have white cabinets. yes, i would. even when they will be not the coolest thing in the world to anyone else, they will be to me. i like white cabinets. BUT they are brand new, and not just standard stuff you can buy at home depot, these are are really nice more custom-y... so they stay.

also i would to place a nice chair in that corner where the rocking chair is. but it can't be huge, and it has to be super basic so i can change colors if i ever want to.
along with the new chair, i would love to make a linen cover for my sectional. pretty sure hell is going to have to freeze over before that one happens so, the plain brown sectional works great.

and last but not least i want a buffet. over by my dining table. i think it would be beautiful to have one there, but of course the ones i'm looking at are in the $1000+ range...and yeah, i'm too cheap of a person to do it. sooooooooooo, craigs list, and goodwill i will continue to frequent in hopes that one day i will find her. :)

the color on the walls are aloof gray by sherwin williams. this is the third time this house has been painted in about a years worth of time. it was painted what i like to call "Iowa brown" because everyone has this color on their walls it seems. well they do if they are buying homes with the builder we bought from and they build a lot of houses here. so yeah apparently this brown is popular, but i didn't care, didn't like how dark it was. and it kind of made me grumpy. yup, apparently i'm all about looks. >:/
so we lived with it for about 6 months. and we (actually the husband) decided for the sake of our marriage, i would not make the him paint.

keep in mind before we left utah he repainted the town house (white because it would go best with everything we had hodgepodged out while we lived in a storage unit till we sold it and i figured people could look at it as a clean slate). he painted that last house we had bought right before his company announced they were closing their doors, he painted the smurf house (and honestly anyone that painted that house alone should never have to paint again).
so as you can see he has EVERY right to say no to my wanting to change the paint color.

so when i asked a painter to paint, i thought maybe he could give me some heads up on colors. all the ones he picked where darker than the brown already on the wall. so i went to work on picking it out myself.

talk about an anxiety attack just waiting to happen. holy crap. one thing is to pick the wrong color and tell the husband "hey, so haha funny, i think i hate it lets go try another color." and another thing is to hire someone and pay three times if not more what it would have cost you to bully your husband into doing it one more time.

so, okay.  i knew i wanted a lighter color and i knew i liked gray but i needed a color that would not change purple in the light. and the main reason why i didn't go with gray the first time around was for this same reason. i loved the gray we did in our last house but in the evenings it always turned a pretty shade of periwinkle (i said never). i didn't want to make the same mistake for like my WHOLE house.. so i went with safe beige.
which was the worst mistake like ever. no i mean it, it was horrible.

for some reason it turned peach the minute it got up on my walls. i cried as i turned the corner of the main area when the painter was done. he didn't know how to take my reaction. all he said was
"it's not peach everywhere" which made it even worse because i didn't even say i didn't like it because it was peach!
you can see just a little of it here
okay well i guess you cant see it that well. but if you look in the mirror the light does something to the walls and it looks peachy yellow. just ask ANYONE (except my husband who will say on his death bed that it was beige, ahem, because he pushed for that color in the first place) and they will tell you.

so when the husband came home and i was like "it's all peaches and cream crap!"  he was like "you are nuts. its fine, it looks better than the other paint color. it will be fine."

no it wasn't.
for 8 months i tried to live with it, and for 8 months the husband would say "my that's a nice shade of beige" and i would banter back "you mean peach."
it was funny but not.
anywho, a friend (or two or three) got tired of hearing me complain, so one of them said "pick out your paint, and we'll paint this week, i don't like your peach either." okay.
so i couldn't commit to buying 5 gallons of mistake again so we started with my bedroom it went from this:
 iowan brown.

to sherwin williams sea salt 
a few things need to change like i need to paint the furniture (i'm thinking white) and i need to change the pillow in the front...but we'll wait on those things because for now we're good.

the husband came home and said he liked the "green" on the walls, i said it was "bluish green" there's a difference. he called me nuts again.
but he saw how happy it made me, and how calming the color is.
so the next day he said "did you narrow it down to one finally for the rest of the place? lets go and get it." we went and bought the 5 gallons of paint for the rest of the house.
and we started to paint it together.
i have a good man by my side.
oh and i love the paint.
it doesn't turn purple, it turns a sort of light slate blue in the evenings.
it's perfect.
and now i think i can start decorating.
now if we could just get the right shade of color to make the economy all better the world would be a happy place.
we'll talk soon.


Erin M. said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Candace said...

I feel the same sometimes about posting pics of our house... Like it would be an awkward post, so I finally was brave the other day and added some! Yours looks lovely by the way!!

Goldogmom said...

I hate that so many people are posting to instagram rather than their blogs. It is hard to find people on instagram if you don't know their user name. And FB is way too much info that one has the read through if you freind a lot of people.

Blogs are great as we can come read when we have time. And it is much more interesting to read a post with detail like you shared here, than blips of comments that accompany a picture.

I for one vote for blogs. If it all goes to FB and Instagram, I'll drop off as it is just too much info with so little connection between the thoughts. I'd rather have some depth than more blips of random thoughts.

just my two cents ;-)

Thimbleanna said...

You're too funny! I've so been where you are. I wanted the perfect tan for our house in MN. I found it and painted the living room, dining room and halls. It was peach. But I'm stubborn (like your hubby) and insisted it stay. Moving on to the family room, I picked the perfect color of tan. Only it was yellow-goldish once it was up. Stubborn, it stays. Then, the basement. I convinced myself the secret was to find the tan in a fabric and then match the paint to the fabric. This HAD to be IT! Nope, it was green-y. Finally. The fourth time was a charm! I found the perfect tan in the guest room. And then we found out we were moving. The new owners must have thought I was psycho!

*katie said...

Bluish green looks so much better! You definitely do have a good man by your side!!

♥Duff said...

Gorgeous makeover! I'm a sucker for Farrow & Ball clay-based paints...ooh, the beauty and depth!
I noticed Emily's awesome project using your fabric line--take a peek!

Anna said...

it's so pretty vanessa. and love the commentary by the husband, mine would be the same. don't feel bad, I've painted every single surface in our house and one room I've painted 5 times (we've lived there for 7 ish years now, but still). I'm onto painting our kitchen now!

And I love the instant gratification of social media stuff, but blogging is just better.

janequiltsslowly said...

I know what you mean about instagram, etc, but please don't stop blogging. I love these longer explanations & explorations of a subject. I love your new paint colors!

Jeanne W. said...

Thanks for the longer post! I don't do Facebook...I totally understand your need for lighter paint. We painted our living room a very light tan and it is a good color (not peach etc) but it IS dark in the winter. It really affects my mood so I may need to take a leaf out of your book and paint it myself! =) Thanks for showing us your house.

Kirsten and Tracy said...

Oh, I have been there with the wrong paint color before! And I have a friend that had a professional painter get the job started, decided she hated the color so she went and got a different color and spent all night painting over the color that was JUST painted so when the painter came back the next day, he could pick up where he left off...with the new color!

And I'm SOOOOOO glad you posted on your blog again! I love your blog posts!!!


call me Laura said...

Do you know about the samples you can get at SW? They are the best $5 investment ever, if you are buying a not sure if I will like it on the wall color. Plus if you think it is a little close, bring your sample back in and they can try to retint. It is cheaper to buy a couple samples than a 5 gal bucket you hate!

Tamie said...

Oh my, you and I must have been on the same few strips on the Sherwin Williams paint wheel. I was going for a grey with a touch of blue in my new kitchen/ sitting room. I got blue with a touch of grey and this was the second try. My husband hates painting and that is what it is going to be. It's a pretty color but not what was in my mind. I prefer the blog posts too- if you are wondering.

All8 said...

Sea Salt it my favorite between the two. Prefer the blog posts too. Now to try and prove I'm not a robot.....

Kaylee said...

What color did you pick?? It sounds like the color I'm using. We built our house, so there's no one to blame for our tan walls but me, but it was prior to the gray wall trend and I couldn't talk the hubby into it.

bdaiss said...

*sigh* We built our house from the ground up 3 years ago and I'm already itching to repaint. Unfortunately with a 20 some foot foyer, ain't no way that's happening. Hubby would KILL me. I like the color most of the time - a buttery yellow. But in a certain light, it turns neon green. And I HATE it. And I'd love to paint my cabinets. But 3 year old custom built cabinets? Yeah, not happening either.

So instead we're going to finish our basement. :)

I love when you blog, no matter how simple, silly, or sweet.

Leila said...

I don't do intagram or facebook - I spend enough time reading blogs to add any more computer time to the mix. So keep posting for people like me!

I feel your paint pain! :)

Unknown said...

Hi :) Love your hair, love your house, love everything! Oh my gosh...your poor husband...my husband is a professional painter. I actually winced reading your post...haha! Your husband did an amazing job. And that Smurf house...my God! For what it's worth, I could totally see peach ;)


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Patty said...

I like reading the blogs. Yes I am on FB, but don't like blogs on FB, and I don't even know what intagram IS ! Please stay a blogger.

Valerie said...

I love reading your blog entries. They are so funny & lighthearted. I'm glad you got rid of "Iowa Brown". My mother in-law's house is entirely "Iowa Brown" & it drives me nuts.

Jessica said...

Why do these me we marry even give a crap? Don't they realize it's really in the best interests of all parties involved to let us have our way and be done with it? ;) Our house is overdue for a paint, but the 2 story wall in our living room is just way too dramatic for us to take it on again without some professional help... :D

Denny1600 said...

I LOVE your new paint color! I LOVE when you blog. I'm not a fan of Facebook. I feel like I came in the middle of a conversation and don't know what's going on. I don't even know what Instagram is and I'm afraid to find another way to use my time.

In short, please keep blogging! Love your projects and plans. I want to redo kitchen cabinets, too. And the floors. And the yard. Well, you KNOW!

SLO Rober said...

I think that shade of sea salt paint could bring peace to the middle east. just sayin'

The Yoder's Five said...

OK, this post speaks to me. We have lived in our current house for 3 years, and the ENTIRE house--walls, floors, tile were all the exact same color of beige. Not a good beige, either...a pinky beige. We got rid of the tile and are about to get rid of the carpet, but I have not been able to commit to a good neutral for the walls!!! We repainted the bedrooms and bathrooms but the great room and kitchen are still the same pukey color.

I currently have 16 paint swatches Scotch taped to my wall, hoping that this decision will happen within the next week and a half. I too am afraid of coming home with 5 gallons of something that turns a weird color when you put it on the wall.

I will have to check out Aloof Gray now. And you have excellent taste because we chose Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (right next to Sea Salt on the paint swatches) paint for our laundry room and living room and LOVE IT.

Sorry for the novel. Your hair looks cute.

Jamie said...


I just chose sea salt for my whole upstairs. Am I going to love it? Scared to commit!

Virgnia Lindsay said...

hi! your house looks great. Did you see Country Living a few months ago when a woman made cover for her chairs in Painter's Canvas from Lowes? I bought some, washed it and dried it and I love the result. Looks like linen, nice and thick like canvas and makes a really sturdy and inexpensive cover! Maybe worth looking into for your couch!

Becky said...

I've had my eye on a similar rectangular light for awhile. Overstock has had a couple for around $200 that I'm thinking about. If only I could see it in person before ordering. sigh.

jeifner said...

Ha! Paint is tricky. We paint round here every couple years. Last time my parents changed the paint in our main upstairs hall that is open to the two story entryway they asked my opinion then didn't listen to me. I said that'll look like a light terra cotta with a major pink blush under the lights we have or in the evening. They said it'd be fine. I was right and finally after a couple years my mom gave up pretending to like it and said, "we need new paint, this is too pink!" My bedroom always turns out great :) I find it helps to have a large piece of white next to the paint chip and check it in different lights and times of day for all those odd shades that come out. My room is "sweet honesty" which I think of as a light ice blue but it can look seafoamy green or blue or grey or even white in different lights.
The hair looks great! And I also love reg'ler old blog posts :)

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