Picking the perfect shade of paint...
In the interest of keeping it real and honest, I did not paint the space by myself. (Or install the flooring). I can and I have painted several rooms! But when we purchased the house, we had 3 weeks from the close of the home to complete some basic renovations before we moved in, and only 1 week to move out of the house we sold. Coordinating those closing dates is a headache! Oh yes, and this all happened the week of Thanksgiving, through the week before Christmas. Talk about crazy town! Throw in a couple of toddlers into the mix and packing an entire house...DIY'ing the painting wasn't going to happen. We have a friend that owns a painting business, so we hired help. It's OK to source out when needed to keep your sanity!
While I didn't paint the space myself, I did choose the paint colors. Choosing paint colors is one of those tasks that you expect to be easy, but then turns into a complicated stressful event. My advice is to make sure you test them out. Every single color you consider should be test painted in each room. It will look different in each room. It will drive you mad. But do it anyway! We (meaning my husband and I) decided to keep it simple so we could move in and be settled as quickly as possible.
In order to keep it simple we chose a basic color scheme to run throughout the entire house - bathrooms and laundry room included. Light and bright and neutral were our requirements, so we settled on a gray/white/darker gray palette. Gray just happens to be one of those tricky colors that can look too purple, or too blue, or even too pink or brown. It's kind of crazy how many shades of gray there are! Which is why I can't stress enough how important it is to test it out before you paint an entire wall.
The final winning colors:
Our painters had an account at Dunn Edwards paint, and they had the colors mixed there. I was a little nervous that it wouldn't quite be the same tone, but it turned out perfect!
Light and Bright Laundry
The painters were still painting and the paint was still wet when my husband sent me a photo. I might have cried a few happy tears when I saw it, and I definitely did when I saw it in person later that day!
The dark appliances from the before photo were left behind by the previous owners. I knew that we would be keeping our white appliances, so I chose to have the cabinets painted white to keep it nice and bright in the room. The ceiling and trim color were also painted in the same white. We decided to keep the cabinets. I wanted to raise the cabinets up, but from a practical point of view they would have been too high to reach. Even though the cabinets are lower than I'd like, the white color helps them blend in instead of stand out like a sore (dark) thumb!
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The exterior doors throughout our home are painted in a darker gray as an accent. I really love that it gives a little character without overpowering the room. We also changed out the door handles and locks, oil rubbed bronze, similar to these.
The Perfect Floor
Picking out our flooring was easy for us. We knew that we wanted a laminate plank flooring that would withstand heavy traffic and possibly water spilled here or there; we also wanted a floor that had appearance of "grooves" like a traditional wood floor, but no actual grooves. The floors from the home we sold before this one had grooves. They looked lovely and definitely gave it character, but just trust me when I say grooves aren't a good match for kids or pets. You will be cleaning out messes for days with toothpicks. Just say no to the grooves! Luckily for us, we found the color/floor in our price range fairly quickly. We decided on Eternity Flooring Barnwood Collection in Country Pine. So far, we are very pleased with it!
- Keep it simple! Try to limit how many paint sample colors you bring home initially. Do you need a trim color, wall color, and an accent color? Maybe you only need a wall color and trim color.
- Research the perfect gray if you want, but know that the perfect gray paint color on the internet might look too purple in your home...so test it out before you paint the entire room!
- I know I said to limit how many samples you bring home ...but... if those samples just aren't working out don't be scared to grab a few more to try out. Most places that mix paint can also mix colors that they might not sell in the store. Lowe's paint department was really helpful and mixed a color so I didn't have to drive across town at the end of a long day with 2 toddlers.
- Most flooring stores have flooring samples you can check out to borrow and take home. Not always, but sometimes the floor you choose will look different in your home with different lighting and paint colors. It's not a bad idea to test out the flooring too, especially since it's such a big expense.
- Make smaller spaces feel more open by using lighter colors.
My Farmhouse Glam Laundry Room is coming along! Now that we can check off the paint and flooring, we can get started on some fun projects. I'll have a couple of DIY's for next week...I already started one project and I can't wait to show you! Follow along on Instagram, I might post a story or 2 or 3 every now-and-then. Don't forget to check out the other rooms in the One Room Challenge too!