So my sweet sweet husband and I are moving into our 9th and hopefully final until we retire house.We both fell in love with our new home-new to us anyway at first sight. I have been a fan of cedar shake shingle houses since our first duty station in Newport, Rhode Island.
|Charming 4500 sq ft cedar shingle 3 story house-photo credit Tyler Ladue|
We had been house hunting for over two years, I cannot tell you how many homes I walked through with our very patient and glutton for punishment realtor, I know it was over 47 and that does not include the hundreds we weeded through online. My husband and I loved it instantly but our kids did not share the same enthusiasm. It was almost half size of our current home and did not have some creature comforts but it did have great bones and with some love would be amazing.The first thing on the list PAINT!
Its pre-sold color pallet consisted of bright red and golden yellow. It looked great with the previous owners furniture and decor but did not match the subtle colors of ours.
The Foyer Before -with my very patient realtor in the background.
|All before pictures include belongings from previous owner|
I knew right away with the layout of the home and the property I wanted to keep the walls light almost with a coastal color pallet to match the cedar shake design. The color for most of the house is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. It is a great greige!
|During the Painting Process|
The room to the right as soon as you come in will be the playroom.
|The black built in had chips in the finish and the knobs were cowboy boots which did not fit the idea of the room.|
I decided to embrace the built in and chose to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. We used a Graco sprayer we got at Home Depot and Sprayed the unit. Then it was dry we took a wet sponge to take some of the paint off and the scrubby side of the sponge to distress the finish. We knew the walls were getting painted so we didn’t have to be neat with the sprayer!
|Yes we sprayed it!|
|The shelves showing the close up of the distressing.|
|The cowboy knobs are replaced with crystal ones we re-purposed from my bathroom vanity.|
I feel so in love with the paint color I decided to attack the front porch swing the same way!.
|After the house gets power washed I will add pillows to the swing.|
With the built in I painstakingly waxed using AS clear wax and buffed it, my arms were so sore. I was so grateful you can’t use wax for outdoor items and I just rolled Minwax poly acrylic over the swing doing that took about five minutes! LOVE!
The Dining room will be a future project beyond painting I want to add board and batten but the paint was a good first step.
|I am going to raise the light and I purchased drip style candle sleeves so I can keep the shades off.|
I love the formal living room with its two story ceiling, but the built ins were not our style we took the doors off right away, to give a more traditional feel.
|So much better!|
The master bedroom was the only room carpeted on the main floor but the previous owners had cats, we are allergic so that had to go which gave us a great reason to put down hardwoods. I will do a separate post on choosing the stain.
|Wall color BM Buxton Blue|
The next post will talk about pulling down wallpaper on walls that were not primed and painting kitchen cabinets with Chalk Paint.