Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My DIY Weekend Continued: The Painted Built-Ins

When I said I had a weekend of DIY, I was not kidding.  After finishing up the headboard I posted about yesterday, I decided to tackle painting the back of my living room built-ins with leftover teal paint from the dining area.

If you've been around a while, you know that my living room makes me want to throw myself off a cliff with all the beige.  The previous owner painted every wall the color of sand, and with carpet of the same shade, it's waaaaay too much of one non-color.  In the past 7 months, I've painted all but the main living area various shade of gray (my favorite neutral).  Eventually, we'll paint the living room too but it's a huge open space that goes into the dining and kitchen areas so it will be a multi-day event and we're just not up for it yet.  However, I thought the built ins would benefit from some color and it's a small enough area to do by myself over a weekend.

 Before - sorry for the dark phone pic

And two coats of Plumage by Martha Stewart later, I think my little corner looks a while lot fancier:


I still have half a gallon of paint left, so don't be surprised if you see it somewhere else soon.  I think it's my most favorite shade of all time.  And yes, I totally copied Sherry and John over at YHL.  :)

12 comments

  1. I totally saw this yesterday at your house but wasn't sure if it was new or not! Looks great!

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  2. I knew you were channeling them as soon as I saw it! Looks great and happy to see that it can look just as great done by someone other than them! :)

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  3. gorgeous! great color. love the way it makes the white pop out a little more.

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  4. I love that! It adds just a splash of color, so pretty!

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  5. Love the project AND the color. Great job!

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  6. looks FANTASTIC! the navy pops so much! great job :) xoxo jcd

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  7. Love that color in the built-ins--I saw it over on Young House Love when they first did it and have wanted to ever since. Way to go to you for doing it, it looks great and most people who see your house will think it was your idea all along. :)

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  8. Wow, you did SUCH a great job! I love it.

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  9. You were a busy little bee this weekend! It's so amazing the difference a little paint makes, I love that color!!! And the headboard is fabulous as well, you talented girl, you!

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  10. Thanks so much for the sweet comments! I loved seeing them on my phone all day :) The painting went better than I thought, although I will say that teal is very hard to make even and thank goodness there are frames and tiny clay people hiding some of the wall.

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