A fresh coat of paint...I believe those were our words when we discussed what the house needed most after our first walk through. It was indeed a true statement but it did not perhaps acknowledge the great deal of work to do before that paint brush could be picked up.
Those things included repairing walls, fireplaces, installing crown molding, fixing heating vents, lead paint removal, updating electric, updating plumbing, etc.
So it is with a great sense of accomplishment that we are at the last phases of our renovation - the finishes.
Early on, we started meeting with a local house historian in regards to our renovation. She is especially known for her ability with helping choose appropriate paint colors for period homes.
Upon our first meeting, I handed her about a half dozen neutral paint chips I had narrowed our decision down to. Without hesitation, she pointed to the paint swatch Cyprus Springs by ECOS paints. She explained that it had both warm and cool properties.
I think the white will become even warmer when the ram board is taken up and the historic white pine floors are exposed. I also look forward to hanging artwork for I have always loved the combination of antique gilt against a warm white.
Also, we used this one color on everything - including the ceilings. The only variation is sheen.
Notice here that the outlet was moved. It had been oddly placed to the left of the window and I preferred (to the dismay of our electrician and to Mike) it to be under the window so it will be out of sight when a table is there.
The number one reason I wanted to keep the outlet on that wall as opposed to placing it elsewhere in the hall (code required one outlet in that space) is Christmas. I look forward to placing a small Christmas tree with white lights in that window during Christmas time.
I do aspire to play with more color on the walls (not the trim), especially downstairs where the walls are half the size due to the paneling. But this will happen over time as we select textiles and furnishings.
As of this very moment, Mike has only one room left to paint - the downstairs library/office. When he is finished, he will have painted a great deal of moldings and walls.
Next...sealing the floors.