Sunday Salon: Progress

20th March 2011

Ah progress. Last week the goal was to paint the room that will (hopefully) soon be my library/dining room. It’s a fairly large room, and I have wanted to add built-in bookshelves since I moved in two years ago. In January, I talked about the trouble I was having making up my mind about what color to paint. Previously the room was a really nice adobe color, but I felt anything in the room competed with the color when I want exactly the opposite to happen. Let me show you:

See? The red in the wood floors and the red in the walls even compete, and that’s with no furniture and nothing on the walls. Plus, the baseboards were painted matte and didn’t cover the knotholes in the wood, so they always looked dirty to me.

After much work and a couple (minor) injuries, here’s where the room stands today:

See how much more palatable the walls are against the floor and the furniture?ร‚ย  (…at least the furniture I’ve put back in.) I am really pleased with how the color turned out. I used Valspar Cobalt Cannon matte on the walls, and I love love love it. Valspar paint has really impressed me. I could have gone with one coat but decided to go ahead with two. The baseboards I hit with Behr Ultra White hi gloss. The photos are pretty true to the color. I’d describe it as a slate. It’s not really navy. To me, they look like gallery walls, and I can’t wait to gather my frames and get something up there.

In between painting, cutting in, and nursing an injured foot, it’s been a busy week, but I still managed to read some really great books, and I’ll be working on reviews most of the afternoon.

Thanks for indulging me with my before and middle pictures. The after ones will hopefully come in the next month!

What have you been up to this week?

jenn aka the picky girl

  • Lisa Mo

    Hey! Before I even finished reading the blog I’d been calling the color “slate.” I absolutely LOVE it, and I think you made a great choice not only in paint color, but in paint type. In my first home (built in ’99), and had industrial high-gloss white paint applied to ALL the trim work throughout the house. Having two kids, it was awesome to be able to scrub the crap out of them and have them gleaming clean!

    I can’t wait to see the finished project with the shelves. Remember, my new saw is STILL IN THE BOX ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pickygirl

      Thank you so much! Yes, paint type is crucial. I always go matte for wall color in rooms other than bathroom and kitchen. Those baseboards, though, were killing me. Every time I cleaned they looked dingier and dingier. Plus, the knotholes looked like coffee stains and drove me crazy! I have even thought of adding a third coat.

      I will remember about the saw. Thankfully, my sister’s boyfriend is quite handy!

  • It looks gorgeous Jenn! I love the color you picked out.

    • pickygirl

      Thank you so much, Amanda!

  • Beautiful! I wish I had your sense of style and color. You should be well pleased.

    • pickygirl

      Thanks, Jenn, I am well pleased. I keep leaning against the doorframe and just looking at it. I know… I’m a dork.

  • Oh, I love changing up the rooms…when I had my own house, I did that a lot, especially in the later years of my residence there. Now I’m renting, so my changes are with the arrangements of furniture and the accessories. But I have a lot of fun with it!

    Can’t wait to see what you do next!


    • pickygirl

      It IS fun! I can remember my mom having me, my brother, and sister help her move furniture around the house and my dad not getting it at all. Sometimes you just need a little change. I was lucky – when I rented, they allowed me to paint because it was this old building with four apartments. Anything was an improvement. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love that color! Nice work!

    • pickygirl

      Thank you, ma’am. It is definitely work, but I feel so productive when I work on something like this.

  • I love the before and after pictures! The new color is so beautiful!

    • pickygirl

      Thanks so much! I am so glad it turned out nicely, especially as I was so unsure about all those (10) paint samples.

  • That color does look so wonderful and warm. First time to visit your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to skate around a while.

    • pickygirl

      Welcome, Karen! I’m so glad you stopped by. I love seeing the progress with this room and can’t wait to show it off once it has bookshelves. Hope you find something interesting. Yours is new to me as well, so I’ll stop by in a bit.

  • That colour is fantastic! I liked the colour on the walls in the before picture but really agree, it was competing for attention with everything else. The slate feels so restful and calm, perfect backdrop for reading and bookish contemplation. Looking forward to the ‘after’ photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    This week was a busy one for me – in the wake of the tsunami and the nuclear crisis in Japan a lot of people were nervous here in Taiwan about the potential for fallout drifting our way so I have been busily keeping my work’s website up to date with all of the latest information from reliable sources. Luckily I still managed to get some reading in there too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pickygirl

      Thanks, Kath, and I love your photo.

      There is so much going on in the world right now. Japan, Libya, Haiti. Kinna Reads had a really great article up on her website about the situation in Japan. It really put everything in perspective.

  • Hallo Picky,

    I think I have to agree with what everyone has said about your paint work – especially the Literate Housewife – so well done you! Have to admit, though, I still hold on to the dream of one day living in a house that mirror images C. S. Lewis’. It was, I once read, held up by piles of books and cobwebs.


    • pickygirl

      Malcolm – if you were to see my front bedroom piled with books, you may not feel that way. Books everywhere. I can’t find a single thing, and it drives me crazy. Oh well, not for much longer. So glad you stopped by and left your link!

      • Jenn – thank you for visiting! Your bedroom sounds like mine in that the number of books has now made finding anything impossible. I have bought double copies after failing to find the original. I wonder what C. S. Lewis did. Hmm. Malcolm

  • The pics look like something out of REAL SIMPLE! I normally love your “before” color (have it in my dining room with light gray carpeting) but agree your walls shouldn’t compete with your floors. I long to have my own home and cherry wood floors. Don’t like carpeting very much but since I rent it’s not up to me.

    Look forward to pics of your gallery!

    • pickygirl

      Elyse – Can we talk about the fact that you just made my day?!? Thank you! You know, the odd thing is I absolutely loved the before color. It reminded me of Santa Fe and all the adobe, but after a while it just felt “bright” – I don’t know another way to describe it. It was particularly noticeable at Christmas with all the red and green up. It hurt my eyes. Now I can’t wait to see my stuff up on the walls.

  • Wow. I love the color!

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  • The before pictures reminded of Mexico, for some reason, while I had X-Men: First Class in mind for the after photos. I like how you combined two earth colours yet they still allowed for two different effects.

    Not fond of dark colours, personally, though. I read books a lot and I prefer reading them in an ambiance filled with light colours. It gives me the impression of reading up there in sky (like nobody’s going to disturb me).

    Speaking of reading — a library slash dining room. I see things can only get better for you.

    • Yes, it really reminded me of the adobe in New Mexico, and I initially loved the color, but the longer I lived with it, the less I liked it.

      I can understand wanting to read in a light room, but I love the calm of the dark color. It’s just so relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is nice and you could really enjoy spending off every day in here as well as looking forward on going home. Oh I just can’t wait to have my own of these!

    • Thanks! I do really love it still, even a year later. Hope you get a space that’s perfect for you!