The New Paint Reveal

8.12.2013

I bet y'all thought I would never get around to showing the way my home looks with the new paint color. I just love the way freshly painted walls make a room feel. Clean and fresh.

Well, let's not wait any longer. Come on in. We are going to skip the foyer for now and go right to the great room where you can get more of the overall effect of the new color. I will share the foyer and the changes made to it soon.

Changes? Of course there were changes. After brightening up the walls I just didn't want to put as much stuff back and I moved some things around. You know you do that, too.

Before we go any further I wanted to remind you what the old color looked like. Not a huge difference, but the walls had a lot more yellow or gold to them and they were just dirty looking to me. I was ready for clean and bright.

I hope you can tell how much lighter the room feels now. And yes, I switched the painting over the mantel. I love this dog painting and wanted it in here. It just fits a family room better than the breakfast room where it was. But don't hold me to that you know I change things often. :)

After adding the large picture the only thing that looked right with it was two of these finials that I had.





Here is another small change I made. I moved the chest over and added both kuboo chairs on each side for extra seating. I did not hang the antlers or clock back on that wall. See, I told you less went back in.











Some more before and afters and you can see I didn't put anything on top of the bookcases. I will share some more detailed shots later.



Coffee table vignette has been changed a couple times.

These are last year's dried hydrangeas and the two blue ones are from this year and are still drying.

I definitely like my cow pillow better with the new color on the walls.

So what is the new color, you ask?
Well after buying seven sample cans and painting them all over the walls and staring at them over and over I chose Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore.

I bought 3 gallons of  paint and we only used a tiny bit of the third can. We basically only painted on one coat and I touched up some spots where I could tell it needed more. I also refreshed the trim paint and I used Chantilly Lace by BM for that.

3 gallons of paint: $132
Labor: $0
Price quoted by professional painters for walls only: $1200
This is why Mr. Savvy cancelled them.

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76 comments:

  1. Looks so open and airy. Thanks for sharing. I just dried some hydrangeas this year for the first time ever. How do you store yours when you are not using?

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  2. Mary, I just store them in a large plastic garbage bag.

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  3. Well, of course it all looks fabulous Kim! Love the urn the hydrangeas are in. I can never find one of those here...

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  4. It turned out beautiful! And how funny you posted this today because after spending 10 hours yesterday testing, retesting, going back to Ace and SW stores, calling my husband over to the house, and texting, calling, emailing friends....I am totally confused at which colors to paint in our new home!! After coming home totally disheartened and beyond frustrated, I scoured the internet for photos, recs, etc. and your site was the first one I checked up on because I was wondering if you posted your new color yet! Manchester Tan is one of the (9 so far) colors I tried out yesterday-how do you think it reads? I really liked it but was concerned it would read too "khaki". Can you tell me which other colors you tried? I originally thought I wanted "Creamy White" with either "White Dove" or "SW Creamy" walls..but the Creamy White didn't seem colorful enough and blended in with the trim. I have a double story foyer, family room like you and my kitchen cabs/countertops/backsplash are all original 90's white (we are going to reno it down the road but not anytime soon :-( I'd love your input! I'm heading back to the house today to meet the painters because they are pressure washing exterior etc. and unfortunately I'm going to have to push back the interior paint until I can choose my colors. (Woodlawn Blue in the dining room I know for sure). Back to buying more samples today-I have a whole list! Cream Fleece, Winter Wheat, Muslin, Carrington Beige, etc.

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  5. And my DH is not a DIYer unfortunately, so we are having to have the entire house (trim and walls) painted-ouch!

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  6. It looks wonderful Kim! I love all the little details and think of all that you can do with your savings!

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  7. It looks great, Kim!! I like the dog painting over the mantel, too. Now you've got $1200 to spend on something else :) Congrats!!

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  8. I love the new look - you are right... fresh and clean!

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  9. Kim, it looks so fresh and bright! I love all the editing you did, it looks so inviting. That painter was on drugs, the quote was crazy and I would have painted it too at that price.

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  10. I really like the less is more look, everything is so fresh and so pretty. Great color. Hugs, Marty

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  11. I love the two wicker chairs in that space.

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  12. Beautiful! I really love that color - so fresh and clean. And I love the changes you made!

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  13. This was like a mini house tour! Oh Kim... I could really use your designer eye as I makeover my house!!! LOVE the new color... subtle but very nice new clean feel! LOVE it!

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  14. Kim,
    It is beautiful. I love how that color compliments everything in the room and is pretty and bright. Your room is so inviting.
    Kris

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  15. This new color looks so good. I like your edited rooms much better as well! The dog picture looks better than the other one above the mantel as well.

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  16. Hi Kim!
    I've not been anywhere near blogland lately and decided to drop in to see what you've been up to! Again, some great looks! Do enjoy your great posts! Take care.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  17. The wall color is perfect and so is the room!...Pics do not do this area justice...it is gorgeous and you and Mr. Savvy did a great job!...love all the changes you made..

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  18. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Kim!
    Your new paint color is beautiful and fresh!
    Isn't it amazing what coat of paint can do!
    Have a great week,
    Suzanne

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  19. Loving the basket of hydrangeas!

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  20. Love the new color! I did the same thing in our old house - we had a paint color that went a little too gold and when I repainted it made a world of difference (at least to me - my husband couldn't hardly tell the difference :-) Your room is beautiful!

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  21. As always, your home is gorgeous! And I know you're so happy to have everything back in place, too.

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  22. Love all the changes- and so happy that you are pleased, too.

    I do know the largest part of the pro painter quote's heft was due to the extra high ceilings - there is where the price lies, at least that's what I've been told.

    So happy this is all done now for you, Kim. Tell Mr. he did a fabulous job.

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  23. Love the new wall color....so fresh and airy looking!!! The dog painting above the mantle is gorgeous too!
    ~Des

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  24. Well done! You must be so happy to be going into fall and all of the holiday season with those fresh walls.

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  25. The paint color looks fabulous! It takes me months to pick out a paint color and it's normally one of the first ones I looked at. I know people say it's just paint, but when I'm the one doing the painting it's not something I want to redo anytime soon. I need a Mr. Savvy! My husband HATES to paint, so it's all me.

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  26. So fresh and beautiful Kim. We really are need of some paint. My Mr. will no way do it though..so we have to hire out. Mr. Savvy did a fantastic job!

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  27. love the "lighter and brighter" look! You guys did a great job!

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  28. Mr. Savvy must consider you an expert painter by now and know you'd probably do a better job than ones he hired. I'm thinking about taking things off the top of my bookcases. What a pain to dust.
    Brenda

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  29. Beautiful Kim. The new colour brightens up everything. This is the season for lighter and brighter :-)
    Hmmm.. all the savings translate into more spending money for your trip in a few . Score!!!
    Happy Monday.
    Hugs, Gee

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  30. Kim, everything looks so fresh and bright! The new color looks awesome; and always, your accessorizing is spot on!

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  31. Love the new color Kim and love the changes too...especially the chest with the two kuboo chairs on each side!

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  32. What a nice, fresh change! I'm dying to do the same thing, but we're so open it will be a LOT of painting. Your little changes look great, I'm sure it feels like a whole new space! Especially loving your pair of finials on the mantle!

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  33. It DOES look bright and cheerful, Kim! It's the perfect color!

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  34. Oh Kim, I bet you are so glad it is DONE! The edited room looks beautiful, I stil like seeing the roe deer antlers, hope they went somewhere else:) I would love to have some but what I see on the internet is above my budget. Love this painting over the fireplace too. HOPEFULLY one day I can get to see this in person!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  35. Beautiful - much lighter and brighter! Love your finials - did I tell you I have a finial collection! I'm sure that doesn't surprise you!!!
    Kelly

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  36. HI Kimmie! Oh, your walls look so pretty and they do look airy and brighter! :)
    Love your home.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  37. It looks wonderful Kim! Lighter and brighter is nice. It is the perfect color in your space. I finally decided on a color for ours and am in the middle of painting it. Thankfully it looks like one coat will work for us too! Fabulous reveal Kim!

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  38. I totally agree with you Kim! The lighter color made all your acessories and art seem to pop out more! I eventually need to change mine too, right now it's almost the same as your old wall color. This would be a great inspiration for me someday when I re-paint mine. thanks!

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  39. Kim your new color is so pretty!Love that nice bright color! I do the same thing after I paint.Usually less goes back up.And then slowly after time I seem to fill it again.Hmmmm maybe I need to paint again...or maybe not it is allot of work.But you saved allot of money.And it is the reason I paint myself too.I would rather spend that money on other things and not for painters!
    xx
    Anne

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  40. Your new paint looks really great Kim! It's such a great neutral backdrop for all your beautiful decor! I love Ben Moore paint for the great coverage it gives and it is worth the cost per gallon.

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  41. What a difference just a slightly lighter hue made, it feels so fresh and updated! Love your new tweaks, too!

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  42. Very pretty, Kim! Your home is so lovely....love the lighter look!~~Angela

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  43. Nice job - love the color! My husband would not agree to paying that either...
    -Shelley

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  44. It looks beautiful, Kim! Great color choice. It does just freshen the room a bit! Love the way you've edited and changed things here and there also!

    Have a nice week.
    xo-Lisa

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  45. I wish I had your sense of style. Looks marvelous. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. That is a beautiful colour Kim and it really suits your lovely home. I know how much work it is and that you must be glad to have the chore behind you and time to enjoy the fresh new spaces. Great savings doing it yourself too. When I graduated from college and was waiting for my provincial nursing exam marks, our next door neighbour hired me to repaint her enclosed porch, entry and hallway AFTER the painters did such a lousy job.

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  47. It looks wonderful. Mr. Savvy saved a lot of money.

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  48. Mr. Savvy is so savvy ;) love it all!
    Debbie

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  49. Kim I LOVE the new brighter fresher look, Big difference in my book. You know my mantra, big is better less is more, so I am loving the editing that you did, just adds to the freshness of the room, Great job!!
    Kathysue

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  50. WELL done, Kim (and Mr. Savvy)! You know I love Manchester Tan, and it looks fabulous in your great room ... lighter and brighter! Your other changes are beautiful ... love that you flanked the chest with both kuboo chairs.

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  51. Wondering how you got up so high to paint the upper walls? We have 12 foot walls and I would love to paint them myself, but not sure I could get up to the top safely.

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  52. Kim...it looks beautiful..lighter but still warm...great choice!

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  53. It looks great, Kim! Manchester tan was the color I had in the house before this one. It was on the walls for 5 years and I never got tired of it. I thought it was a great neutral background.

    I think the room has a nice, fresh look...clean and bright. Nice job- BIG job, too. xo Diana

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  54. Kim it looks beautiful! I love it and I am sure that you do too.

    I also love the redesign!

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  55. Manchester Tan is a colour I never seem to get tired of. Looks great on your walls and I really like the new 'edited' look!

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  56. So pretty Kim. Love your paint colors and the changes you've made to the room look great.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  57. The new color is absolutely beautiful, Kim! I love the subtle change and how fresh and modern the room feels.

    I really like dog pictures..so I like the one you've hung above the fireplace. And good call on just the finials.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of the foyer.

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  58. Beautiful Kim! Love the new more edited version also!!!

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  59. love. love. love. the new color, Kim!!! Looks so light and clean and fresh! blessings ~ tanna

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  60. Beautiful Kim, you're a painting machine! Love the new color and the dogs over the mantle!

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  61. Love the new more open airy look you have created. xo Laura

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  62. Kim, I love the new color and those finials on the mantel are especially nice!

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  63. So, do you get to pocket the $1200 you saved for future projects? hehe - Okay half. Looks great Kim. I know all about getting brighter walls! Just can't wait till I am at the reveal stage too :) Mr Savvy did a fantastic job. He is a keeper for sure ;)

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  64. love how you lightened up the accessories along with the new paint. so pretty! and i love how you hung the antlers above the dog print. they just pair so well together - like a lodge in the french countryside!

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  65. I love your home. So beautiful and just enough stuff. It looks very relaxing. The new paint color gets my vote too. :)

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  66. It's absolutely amazing what just a lighter shade can do. The room looks brighter and it compliments the wood of your chest a lot better.

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  67. Good choice on the Manchester Tan. It is calming and rich at the same time.

    I hope you enjoy it!

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  68. I love the new colour, very fresh, my whole house is light, it makes it so much easier to change your soft furnishing.

    I absolutely adore your fireplace and the carved detail, love those finials too, they work perfectly.

    Lee :)

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  69. That looks great! Isn't it amazing the difference that paint color can make? We recently painted a few rooms on our main level and now I want to do the whole house!

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  70. Hi, Kim -
    All divine!! The new paint color is so fresh and crisp. Thanks for sharing the color with us.
    Congrats and enjoy :)
    x Loi

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  71. Kim, I am playing catch up on blogs. The new color is beautiful, both in the great room and in your foyer, and I love the new pared down look you have going! Really lovely!

    xo Kat

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  72. I like the new paint! I also like the dog painting above the fireplace....it goes great there!
    I enjoy your blog. Please come on over and check out my new blog at http://gigipinkglitter.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Tammy

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  73. Kim! It all starts with a great foundation! Fresh paint is just that! Just lovely-thankyou for sharing-aimee

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  74. Looks so good Kim - I prefer it a little bit lighter. Did you need to use undercoat? :-)

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