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The Power of Paint

Our Holly Project is turning out to be a real face melter. We really went for it with dream wallpapers and textiles where we could, but this was a major renovation and we needed to save money on rooms wherever possible. Por ejemplo: while we gutted their kitchen and living room, we decided to hold off in others like their playroom and two bathrooms.

The playroom is HUGE with a giant wall of windows, and doing any major decor in there could eat up $$$ fast. And the two bathrooms are both…vintage…but in great working shape so while eventually they might want to do a more comprehensive renovation, we thought it best to get as much out of them for now and wait until they can be properly redone down the line.

In all three spaces we went BOLD with the paint- and didn’t do much else- and I am so pleased with the results so far.

The Playroom:

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Before: Drab-ola.

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After: An all-encompassing wash of Benjamin Moore: Patriot Blue later? I absolutely love the space. Kids toys are so bright and decorative on their own, you don’t really need to decorate that much to give a playroom interest. Total makeover cost in this space? Around $600 for the light fixture. (Not including the floors that we re-finished throughout the house)

Kids Bath:

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Before: The original pink tile is SO of an era. But it was in great shape, and we both kind of loved it. We wanted to make it work for their son and their daughter to share…

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After: Inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel- one of my all-time favorite decor moments- we painted 5 inch thick Benjamin Moore: Bunker Hill Green stripes throughout the space. We added new sconces, and are waiting on a new sink faucet and mirror, but the cost for this makeover? No more than $1250 for new sconces, mirror that is coming, and a new faucet we are still waiting on.

Master Bath:

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Before: A whole lotta of builder beige tile. Eventually they will gut this space and add on to have a proper closet and master bath suite, but that was not in the budget for now. So instead of spending money on a space that was going to be torn up in the next few years, we painted that sucker red.


After: I was nervous about this one. We painted ERRRYTHING. And that is some major red. NINE coats of Benjamin Moore: Ruby Red, to be exact. The attached bedroom is a very calming and neutral pale blue, so we felt like that would balance it out, but it was a major risk. I was legitimately scared when I went over to check it out after it was painted…But I think the risk totally paid off. You definitely don’t notice the beige anymore, and actually the red makes the beige look clean and pure. The brass accents are pretty spesh too. My favorite part? My clients said that even when they do their major renovation down the road, they want to keep the red! Total cost of this makeover? Around $2500 for sconces, plumbing, and the mirrors to come.

I feel like a total dullard even saying this, it seems to be every celebu-decorators favorite advice, but PAINT, people. Nothing transforms a space like paint, and nothing is easier (or cheaper) to change than paint. The power of color, y’all! 😉 (see what I did there)

I apologize that I keep teasing y’all with these snippets of Project Holly, but it is so good and so near to my heart I just can’t bare to do a full reveal until it is really really ready. And as you can see- we still have a ways to go. But…how excited will you be to see it when the time comes? I can hardly wait.