After buying a house, you find yourself watching intense amounts of HGTV. And once you begin the madness of binge watching Fixer Upper and House Hunters, somewhere along the line, you decide that you are an expert in interior design. Although I am aware that I do not indeed have the expertise in renovations and home decor that Chip and Joanna Gaines possess, I do believe that I have obtained some knowledge from these shows, and the number one take away that I have received is the drastic change and increase in value that can come with just a couple cans of paint.
The first time I stepped into what is now our home, every part of me wanted to run for the hills when I saw that I was surrounded by wood paneling, pink kitchen cabinets, and teal walls.
Ones first instinct when buying a home, isn’t to try and picture every wall and surface a different color and texture, it is to determine whether you like those that exist, and walk away if you don’t. But this is where I must tell you that you need not run for the hills! You must realize the potential that the home may have, regardless of the color of the walls, and believe me when I say it took me a fair amount of time to come to the realization that by just layering every inch of this house with a coat of paint, it would look drastically different.
So for the past 3 weeks, our family and friends have dedicated more hours than we deserve to helping us in the first steps of our renovation, from pulling trim, taking off cabinet doors, priming walls, painting the walls, painting trim, putting trim back on, painting cabinet doors, etc. After countless long nights at the house, washing out copious amounts of paint out of your hair, a lot of sarcastic comments, and about 100 times of hearing Jordan repeat the phrase, “buy a house they said, it will be fun they said,” we finally feel as if we have made some major strides.
All of the changes that we have made have been on a minimal budget, but that does not take away from the difference they have made in turning our house into a home. For the living room (shown here), as similar to the rest of the rooms in the house, we cut and painted all of the trim and baseboards ourselves to add some character to the home, as well as painted all of the walls to hide the wood paneling which turned out to give it a shiplap look! As for the kitchen, we have primed and painted the existing cabinets white to brighten them up, as well as added a molding to the doors, making them almost unrecognizable to the previous doors. Below you can find the wall color that we purchased, as well as the inexpensive molding that was used for the doors!
Paint – https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/find-your-color/color/hc-172/revere-pewter?color=HC-172
Molding – https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ornamental-Mouldings-5-16-in-x-11-16-in-x-96-in-White-Hardwood-Panel-Colonial-Moulding-40-8WHW/202534033
Keep in mind that we are not anywhere close to finished with everything that we have planned for this home, but I wanted to share just a few pictures with you to show how little improvements with little money, can make a world of a difference.
Stay tuned next week to see more pictures after we have moved in!
All done with a little paint and a lot of love!