This is Part II of our living room makeover. If you are new to this series, check out Part I here.
The bulk of the project involved painting out the existing wood trim, walls, and adding new accessories. I considered leaving the fireplace trim as it was, but the wood was terribly dull and faded. Since the fireplace is the focal point of the room, I wanted to brighten it up and paint the brass trim on the insert. It was definitely the right call!
AFTER: SNEAK PEEK
Keep reading for tips, resources, paint colors, and of course, the story. It was a dark and stormy night…
So here’s the story.
I’ll get back to that dark and stormy night in just a moment. First, a question. Why do men like stained wood so much? Our house was full of stained trim. I mean FULL! As in ceiling beams, library shelves, built ins, staircase, arched doorways, windows, crown moldings…are you getting the picture? While I’m sure that dark wood trim was all the rage in another decade (century?), it was beginning to fade, look dull, and wasn’t doing much for my seasonal affective disorder. I need LIGHT! I need to see the SUN! I need WHITE TRIM!
Sorry. I apparently also need to vent. Anyway, we lived in this house for 10 years and my husband loved every. single. inch. of the dark trim. Until…duh duh duuuuuh…that dark and story night. Yes, one storm in particular starting with freezing rain, an ice dam formed on the roof, and a few inches of snow fell on top of that. Then the roof began to leak and water came down into the great room, down the wall, and into the fireplace.
After roof repairs, we were left with a major mess on the inside. And a decorating dilemma. If we were going to repair and paint the drywall, why not go ahead and paint the wood trim? He (said husband) did not like it, not. one. bit. After showing him many, many inspiration pictures on Pinterest, he finally gave in to updating the trim with white paint. (Insert hallelujah chorus here.)
This dark and story night caused a lot of damage and months of repairs, but it also had a silver lining. I finally got beautiful white trim and cabinets. I chose Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (OC-17). It is a soft white, which looks really nice in a home with traditional elements.
I knew I didn’t want a bright, stark white because the house has very traditional architecture. I researched Pinterest for recommendations, and White Dove was recommended often for cabinet and trim paint. See my Paint Colors Pinterest board for inspiration.
This photo gives a hint of the bad shape of the wood, but trust me. It looked so much worse up close.
It was necessary to rough up the surface with a fine grain sandpaper block before applying a coat of primer. Then a bead of caulk was applied between the trim and the drywall.
If you look to the right of the fireplace you can see the demo of the bar cabinet in progress. More about that phase of the project is coming soon.
Bye by, seasonal affective disorder! Hello, bright,gorgeous, white trim! I added a tall mirror (thrift store makeover, details here) and a few stolen accessories from other rooms. Eventually I will find some different accessories, but this works for now.
Do you see anything else missing? We painted the brass insert with a black, heat proof paint. One last thing to do is to paint the wood handles on the fireplace door and add some greenery to the vase.
Our dark and story night prompted this living room and foyer makeover, but I must admit I’m over the moon with how it all turned out.
Stay tuned for Part III of this makeover series to see the staircase transformation.