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Fresh Paint

We have lived in our house for a little over three years and since arriving have been living with the same builder grade, el cheapo beige paint on our walls. With as many little kids we have coming and going through our house, flat paint is not a good choice because every time someone would touch the wall, it would leave a fingerprint.

I have had a wild hair the past couple of weeks to paint our living room and entry way from the garage. I wanted a smoky charcoal blue/gray color and brought home several testers of paint to try out on our walls. We ended up going with a Sherwin Williams color called Granite Slate. The sample was definitely a smoky charcoal blue / gray color, but once we go it on the walls, it was definitely more blue than gray. I still love it though. It isn’t at all what I had in mind, but in the end, it probably is better than the color I wanted.

I feel like we live in a new house now, except this new paint job in the living room just highlights how ugly the builder grade paint is in our other rooms. Oh well, baby steps and we’ll get it done, but for now, I’ll enjoy my new living room!

(Special thanks to my husband who took over my project and basically did it all on his own… love you!)

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  1. I love it!!!!
    .-= Stephanie Click´s last blog ..Skin So Soft =-.

  2. Gorgeous! Paint makes a huge difference. We’re almost done with our house after 3 years. Just have the bathrooms, master bedroom, and office left to go. Kids rooms are the cutest! Next on the list? The office! I think I deserve a little upgrade in here.
    .-= Katie @ goodLife {eats}´s last blog ..Blueberry Cake =-.

  3. Great color! I’m sure it does feel like a new house.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day =-.

  4. It’s a lovely colour – great choice!

  5. I have always wanted to paint that color… but never had the courage! How gorgeous! Love the chest & the mantle too!
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Cardamom Meringues =-.

  6. Love it and love the piece of furniture against the wall ther.
    .-= Daryl Callahan´s last blog ..Worknight Dinner Recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash & Gorgonzola Pizza =-.

  7. Janaye Shaffer says:

    It really is beautiful! You’ve gotten me inspired!

  8. Pretty color. Your dad really likes it….it’s blue.

  9. Love it! We’ve lived with the same builder’s beige for over two years now and I’m sick to death of it. Problem is…I can’t decide between the 20+ paint swatches I’ve narrowed it down to!
    .-= Sandie´s last blog ..Views From The Neighborhood: Sprucing Up? =-.

  10. That’s a great color. I’m sure you’re already picking out the colors for the other rooms as we speak.
    .-= Amy J´s last blog ..The Bodacious Bean/Week 2- Black Bean Hummus =-.

  11. Kristen, I hired a painter for inside or house, but it still took over a year and before it was over, he just about lived with us. Of course, he spends the winters in Costa Rica. Hmmm, maybe I paid him too much. And BTW, I covet that gorgeous piece of furniture in your picture!
    .-= Cora@CoraCooks´s last blog ..A Dozen Ways To Love Your Lunchbox =-.

  12. I adore painting!!! And agree on the non-flat paint;). Many a nights I stayed up into wee hours painting and painting. I wish I could show you our old house. As a food blogger, you might enjoy my little post on paint: http://www.talkoftomatoes.com/2007/05/15/you-know-you-have-a-problem-when/

  13. Christy Martin says:

    Just discovered your blog and will enjoy reading. The paint color you chose for the living room is beautiful. I’ll have to save that in my to do journal….would like to use it someday. Thanks for sharing

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