Gray is the new black

Last weekend, we closed on our house and we got down to business right away. We already showed you what we did to the living room and talked about our ceiling woes. We are slowly chipping away at the bathroom and continuing to come up with ideas for how to make it better livable. This weekend, we’re tackling our kitchen cabinets by adding a fresh coat of white paint and some new, modern hardware. We’re also getting a brand new fridge on Saturday and on Monday, we’ll be getting a new dishwasher installed! It’s already been a whirlwind week and we’ve just started getting our feet wet with this DIY/home improvement stuff.

That was your re-cap of the past week and your forecast for the coming weeks. Now I want to share some snapshots of our freshly painted bedroom. 🙂

Again, we had some brown lines running in between the ceiling tiles. By the time we finished with the living room though, we were already acoustic ceiling tile painting pros! We finished the ceiling toward the end of the night, so the next day we painted the walls. As we mentioned in a previous post about paint colors, we chose Behr paint and primer in one’s “Burnished Metal.”

Bedroom paint

Andrew was pretty skeptical about this color at first and everyone else seemed a little put off by the idea of a “gray” room. But that’s not the way I saw it (in my head at least). Ever since we bought our Dwell Studio for Target duvet cover (blogged about it here), all I could think about was a futuristic, urban, modern, yet neutral silver-ish color.

Dwell Studio for Target Duvet Cover "Orbit"

My idea stemmed from the gray color found right in the duvet cover. It would be next to impossible to match the yellowy color perfectly (and I wouldn’t want to do that anyway). Black was obviously not an option! So Andrew decided to trust me in the end (which is a good thing because he is partially color blind!), and now we’ve got an awesome silver/gray room that looks really great with the pre-existing white trim.

Bedroom paintBedroom paint

We couldn’t be happier with this color. When you hear gray you think dark and gloomy, but it’s just not so! I’m here to dispel this rumor! Gray is like off-black, but unlike off-white, it has more pizazz! It’s much more ballsy, I guess you could say, to go with a color like silver or gray than to opt for some neutral shade of off-white or beige. And remember, the overall theme of just about everything we’re tackling in the house is “down with brown.” We don’t like brown. It just makes us think of dirt (mainly because some parts of the house have been made brown from dirt itself)! The moral of the story here is, if you’re looking for paint that’s neutral yet unique, give gray a try!

Next on our to-do list for the bedroom:

  • Get our furniture in there! (Finally moving our furniture this Sunday)
  • Install new, higher ceiling fan
  • Paint brown door white!
  • Replace closet door with curtain? (As opposed to more painting)??
  • Post pics of our progress!

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