Well, at the end of my last post I told you I'd give you a Cruise Report today, but that didn't happen. I've received a few professional photos from our events, but am waiting to see the bulk of them so I can share them with you. So, that will be coming up soon! We had such a great time, and I'm just now beginning to feel like I'm not moving constantly.
Instead, how about a good before and after today? About a month ago I gave you a sneak peek of one of my latest projects. I've had a long time desire to paint shelves somewhere in my house dark, but hadn't considered the living room until recently.
The color of the built ins no longer matched any other cabinetry in the house, it was different than the crown molding, the kitchen, and the walls. It felt out of place and although I had originally planned on painting them to match the kitchen cabinets, I had a change of heart.
And I'm so glad I did!
There was so much neutral going on (walls, kitchen cabs, carpet- and this may be a hint on what I chose for our new sofas which should arrive any day!) that I felt totally comfortable making a statement with the built-ins. A few months ago I painted the mantle in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, and decided to continue a dark color along that entire wall of shelving and cabinets. I played around with black or dark gray. As much as I like black furniture pieces, it just seemed too stark in the space.
So, Urbane Bronze was the winner. I like that it works really well with light, colorful accessories, but the few black pieces that I have still show up too and don't get lost.
I used my Homeright Finish Max Paint Sprayer (love it!) outside for all of the doors and shelves, and rolled the remaining portions with a foam roller, using a good quality brush for the edges and corners.
Full before and after shots-
I have a little mini-living room makeover that's dragging out over several months. As soon as the new sofas arrive it will be just about finished up, and I'll give you all the details.
Linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party