Saturday, March 25, 2017

Family Room Project-Paint Change

We needed to change the color of the family room...  the walls had been a strong green color and we had really liked it, but after 10 years or so, we were ready for a change.

This picture shows the wonderful bookshelves made by our oldest son... you can read about that project in this post...

Adding Built In Bookshelves

This is the strong green color we used about 10 years ago... it looks nice, but we are changing things.

On the wall where the picture and wall lamp are, is where the new book shelves were added. That little wall beside the stairs was also removed in an earlier project. You can see that on this post:

Removing A Little Wall

This is the wall that will have the bookshelf... the work began.

 The color still looks good... but the room ends up being a bit dark... I was picturing something lighter... not pastel, but more of a muted shade of lighter green/gray for this time.

This picture shows the ceiling that has the old popcorn ceiling.... we have been removing that from our house... what a messy job!

Also, there were 2 electric wall lamps on this wall that were not very useful, so those were removed and our son added ceiling lights on the ceiling. What a HUGE  improvement, and a picture of that will come later.

The popcorn ceiling has been removed! Messy work, BUT we did it differently this time and it was a LOT better.  We used a wide tool and vaccuumed it off. Still messy, but not as much.

Again the green color looks nice... even after 10 years of continued use with a large family. 

 These are the new built-in bookshelves.... Our son tried to match them with the built-ins beside the fireplace.

He sure did a great job!!!!  :)

Now, time to paint, but we didn't have much money to use for the project... and we had a lot of odds and ends of paint. Since I am an artist and like working with colors, I decided to experiment... and try to save some money.

I used a 5 gallon bucket... after we cleaned and dried it. I dumped various pastel greens, darker greens, even a brighter green... then beige, grays, creams, whites, etc and kept mixing.

I would go into the family room and smear some of the color on the wall. For several times, I just wasn't satisfied, so went back and added more of this color and that color...

All of these paints shown here were used in this project, plus more that are not shown. It was nice to be able to throw out a lot of empty paint cans after we were done. Many of these were color samples from other projects... or from garage sales.... some were free and some were inexpensive.

TIP.....  Use up old odds and ends of paint to make a new custom color. Be sure to mix latex with latex and oil with oil paint and don't combine the two with each other. Some paints won't mix well. I use only latex anymore... I don't like the clean up required with oil paint. Latex is so much easier. Store your new paint color in an airtight container and label. You can even choose your own name for the color.

  Here is one of my color check smears. It is obvious that the color is much lighter than the green we wanted to cover.

This is the color we ended up using. I wanted it to be enough color to look nice with white trim... I also wanted it to be a lighter color, but not boring.

The color is a grayish green. When my husband saw the paint by itself, or even on the wall,  he was not too excited, but he has learned that he likes what I come up with even though he cannot imagine it. He has a very hard time picturing what he cannot see. So we started.

TIP - Put your color smears of your new paint on more than one wall, so that you can see how the color looks in different light. If possible, it is nice to look at them for a day or two, at various times of the day, since the light will change.

 Here, my husband is starting to paint the top of the fireplace... 

This is the end of the room with the fireplace and the built in bookshelves that were here when we moved in. We have painted them a couple of times before now.

The fireplace is in the middle and the top part is already painted in this picture... with the new color. You can see that it is much lighter.

This is the other end of the room... the end with the new built-in bookshelves.

By the way, we chose a grayish green color for the walls, but I wanted a contrast for the backs of the inside of the shelves. We have done that before and loved the look. I decided to go with a bluish color.

TIP: Because I wanted the light green/gray wall color and the blue in the shelf backs to harmonize well, I used some of the gray/green wall color in another container and kept adding blue colors until we liked it. Since it HAS the grayish green in it also, it blended very well together. I made extra paint at the beginning so that I could do this.  Sometimes it is difficult to choose two colors that look nice together... and this can help to simplify that process... especially since this paint was not expensive to "play" with.  :)

You can see that we have started the blue painting... and the old green paint is also visible.

This picture shows the new wall color.. a faint green color and you can also see the backs of the bookshelves. In this picture, the ceiling has now been painted.

Notice the two ceiling lights are now in place and working. I wanted them placed like they are to make it easier to see the books on the bookshelves when we get the project done.

There is more to this project which I will show in future posts. There has been something very satisfying about this project. We were pleased with the colors... and the money saved by using paint that we had on hand.  This project has had many steps...  it is a big project and the room is also quite large. It was also nice that the whole family worked together on this in one way or another.

Are you working on some home improvement projects? Some of them can be quite a challenge. I hope you are pleased with your projects.. or are looking forward to some in the future.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week.  :)

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  1. Oh, I love the color! And, it is so neat that you were able to mix so many colors together to create it. I love when you can use what you have on hand and not have to buy anything to complete such a project. Praying for you, sweet friend. :) Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

    1. Hi Cheryl... we are really enjoying the new colors and love how it changes the whole feel of the room... it is now more light and airy. Thank you for praying... and visiting. Good to hear from you.

  2. Fabulous color!! Really great set of shelving. Have A beautiful day!

    1. Thank you... we are sure enjoying that new color... and the shelves. :) Thank you for visiting.

  3. Your elbow grease has paid off; the results are beautiful! What a pretty shade of green you created! Enjoy the fruits of your labour!

    Happy weekend,

    1. Thank you.... we are and plan to share the whole room at some point.. :) Thank you for visiting.

  4. Oh wow! You are so brave. I think we are going to use a soft green in our bathroom. I'm getting a paint sample this afternoon to try it.
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

    1. I have done this before and USUALLY it turns out although sometimes I have had to do some tweaking to get it right. :) It is fun to try new colors and to enjoy the change that new color can make!

  5. I love the new color you made. It looks so bright and fresh now. And let me say congrats on getting rid of the popcorn ceiling! Ten yeas ago when house shopping one requirement I had, was no popcorn ceiling, because it was too much of a "job" to get rid f them. Looks great!

    1. Thank you.... it sure has changed the room. The popcorn ceiling IS a big job, but what a difference it makes to have it gone. The shadows created by the popcorn make the ceiling look darker. We didn't realize that but it is so much lighter now, even though both were white. :)

  6. That is one really big project but I can see what a sweet green color that is. It must have a calming effect on the room. Great job and good for you on doing it frugally!

    1. It was a big project.... and the room does seem very peaceful now... I love it. We liked it before, but I wanted the change and it was a good one. Thank you for visiting. :)

  7. Painting is a big project, but it sure transforms a room. Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    1. Yes, it does... and it is one of the cheapest ways to do so. :) Thank you for the party.

  8. That is going to look great! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. We thought so, but weren't sure at first... now we really like it. :)

  9. Oh, its coming along nicely. I can't wait to see the final reveal. Its going to be pretty!

    1. Thank you... it sure was quite a project. I look forward to sharing more of it soon. :)

  10. Great project! Awesome that it's a family affair! Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you... it is such a blessing to do projects together... :)

  11. Taking a good room and making it match the needs now, looking forward to seeing the next post about the family room.

    1. Yes, that is exactly right.... and it has been so refreshing to make those changes. Thank you ...... I love your encouragement. :)