Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Painting Our Home

Hello Everyone!
I hope your week is going well.
Everything is great here with some much needed
rain. Whew! I was getting worried about the yard.
Do you paint the walls of your home?
One of the easiest ways to totally transform
a room is by using new paint. It's also the
cheapest and fastest by far. Try it!
Join me and I will show you a few rooms.
The choices of colors are endless these days!
Just looking at this color wheel is making me
want to pick up a paint roller and start again.
Which colors are your favorites?
Are you planning any painting projects?
Check out our formal living room before the paint.
Excuse the blur. I think I almost fell down the stairs.
Here is the result afterwards!
This is a deep gold called Chicory from Lowes.
Don't forget your ceilings. This makes a big difference.
Furniture pops and rooms seem larger everytime.
I love paint!
The formal dining room before any paint.
Here is the after.
The red is called Cooper Molero Fandango Red.
A warm color from Lowes. More Chicory was used.
We painted 4 years ago and these colors are gone now.
Isn't it fun to read all of the clever names on paint chips?
I admit I enjoy everything about the decorating process.
The family room and dinette before any paint.
After! The family room is a sage green from Martha
Stewart called Heath. The kitchen is a lighter gold
called Applesauce Cake and more of the red was used.

I remember this fun process over 4 years ago.
I can't wait to do more painting again one day.
Show us your painted rooms!

Have a wonderful week!


kim said...

Melissa, I love all your paint colors. Looks so much warmer and richer than the white. I am getting ready to paint my great room, foyer, stair well and upstairs hall since it is an open floor plan and all those walls join each other. Hubby has to go up to the high points and help. I am not going up that high.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Melissa, your home is so pretty and I love all the wonderful colors you picked out. Everything looks lovely. You really do have a wonderful color sense. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

I don't think I've ever really noticed your paint colors. I knew your home was warm and beautiful but I don't think I attributed it to the paint. WOW! What spectacular transformations! Paint really does make all the difference!

Nancy said...

Melissa, Thank you so much for the welcome back!

Honey, your home is just gorgeous! I agree the paint makes the difference! Your house looks like a picture in a magazine! REALLY Melissa, it is beautiful and you know I love all the color! I just have to have color!


Kelly Denise said...

Love your blog
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Queenie said...

I love seeing before and after pictures of rooms....These before and after pictures of yours are amazing. Everything looks elegant and beautiful!

I just finished painting my living room too. A new color changes the whole feel of the is truly amazing what a can of paint and some hard work can do to transform a space. Thanks for sharing your pictures. :)
Big Hugs,

Melissa Miller said...

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a difference your paint choices made, Melissa! Proof that paint can make a big difference and it's one of the least expensive things you can do in a room.

Kim said...

Wow. The paint makes such a huge difference Melissa. I think that the colors you used throughout your home complement eachother so well. It's just beautiful.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Melissa, the rooms turned out great, i love the color- i dont have a white wall in my home- so i love it, so brings the detail out-
And I love your wedding picture-so pretty- got married in Tahoe ,so im always inveous of those with such amazing photos, Just became a follower- cant wait to see more of what you do-

A Hint of Home said...

I love color and seven rooms in my house has color on the ceilings. I tell the girls in my decorating class not to forget the 5th wall.
Your home is beautiful.

Karen said...

Wow, what a difference a little paint ca do. I love your dinette, I think that is my favorite area of your home. It's so warm and inviting!!!


Lisa said...

Your paint is great! I cannot get good visions on how it will look. You used wonderful colors and the accents are amazing!
I love visiting your home!
Hugs, Lisa

Donna said...

Beautiful!! I love your ceilings - they look like crowns! I completely agree with you - color can make or break a room and will definitely set the tone! Good Job!

Sandy said...

Your choice of paint colors, is just wonderful. The gold looks so warm and cozy. Your house is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Wow, I love seeing the transformations! I am debating what to do in my home with paint...thanks for the motivation!

middle child said...

WOW! You have WALLS? My man tore down some paneling and a chimney and ripped off some 100 year old wallpaper and I would seriously be thrilled just to have walls where all the holes are.
You house is beautiful and the color added all the warmth. Peace.

Benita said...

Melissa ~ I love your home, its so beautiful & elegant, and you always add the perfect touch to it !! You have such a talent for picking paint colors too, at my last house I painted the walls 22 times !!! LOL It's just so hard for me to pick paint colors, next time I'll ask your advice first !! LOL
Thanks for showing your beautiful home again, it's always a pleasure !!

Richella said...

Melissa, this was such a fun post to read! I love the way you showed the "before" shots--it's amazing the difference color makes!

You and I use a lot of the same colors in decorating. I know that reds and golds are not as popular now as they were a few years ago, but it looks like you still love them like I do!

How I would love if we could sit down and chat and talk about paint colors. . . and all sorts of things! :)

Hope you're having a great week.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

WOW!! Girl paint does make it POP...your home is beautiful my daughter...and to your question about painting I have Len filling in holes with plaster in the hall way and I just got my paint today at lowe's to paint the top half in Biltmore tan and the bottom half I'm doing in the bead boeard wall paper with trim between it...can't wait to get it done as I have my laundry room right off the hallway and it's all in my DR right now...hey in order to make it look good you have to live in a mess right...I'm having Candace's baby shower here in Aug so I'm trying to get it all done and being sick for a month has not helped me ha ha!! Love ya sweet girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa, I love your before and after photos
regardless of color palatte.But the side by side contrast really shows the richness of golds ands reds and highlights your beautiful wood floors, gold accents and timeless furniture pieces. I love pouring over your posts and it brightens my long days.Thank for continuining to share your flair for fine taste, description, kindness and encouragement to all of us!God Bless ~Emelia~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, it is such a dramatic difference! It's hard to believe that paint can make such a difference, but it does! Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm still debating colors for my study, and it's making me kind of wild. LOL! I can't get the exact shade I want, but I'm on it! ;-)


Sheila :-)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

Your home is very beautiful and love the paint work you have done on the rooms.
I have green wallpaper in the lounge, but feel like a change, so will show you when I get around to doing it.


PAT said...

Gorgeous before and after shots. Great paint choices, Melissa!

Samantha said...

The paint colors you chose from the rooms changed the looks so dramatically! It's amazing how paint can change a room SO much! Currently, my husband and I live in base housing, so we're not able to paint. My parents, however, are in the process of painting each room in their home. They're close to finishing, and it's as much of a 180 degree difference as your rooms are. It's amazing to see the differences.

thatdesigngal said...

How lovely! Love the golden color of the formal living room! Very nice!

Hope you are doing well!

Valerie @ itsonly100pounds said...

Your rooms are so pretty. It's amazing how the paint colors change the feel of a room. Your home is so elegant and beautiful and also very warm and cozy.

Barb said... have such good taste, totally love the rooms.

Julie Harward said...

What a difference! I love strong colors and could never live with all white, I think I mentioned that to you before. I think when you get a color that you really love, you never get tired of it. All of it is so pretty! Come say hi :D

Tara G. said...

I remember when we first got married and I began painting the bachelor condo- it was a little scary for him! The next place was an apartment in DC for 11 months for language training and he was begging for color on the white walls! Even funnier- he was ready to take on the gen. services dept. at the embassy to get the landlord to take down this awful wallpaper. I love how paint and color on the walls makes a house more of a home (and that my husband is on board!!).


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Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

It's amazing what paint can do! Your transformations are amazing, the colors really brought out all your beautiful furnishings.

Bonnie said...

You know I LOVE those colors since I have similar in my home!!! I am trying to decide on a color for my kitchen and leaning towards a warm brown. Little scared as that is a pretty dark color!!

Shana said...

Love the paint.
My daughter collected paint chips, from the time she was about 8 to 13, whenever we would go into a paint store she would gather a set of paint chips. They are stacked inside a huge plastic bin-not sure what she will use them for

Denise said...

It's amazing what a little color can do to our rooms. I love your wall colors. I wish I'd picked a deeper color when I changed my living room and kitchen, but I don't dare suggest I paint again or hubby will think I'm crazy! I love your ceiling in the formal living room, it's gorgeous. Hope you're having a great week, it's going fast this week and I can't wait for Friday... come say hi :-)

9405018--Pat said...

I love all your paint colors...your home is so beautiful...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Reynie said...

Love the paint colors! That is something I miss--being able to paint walls! I live in a log home so the walls are all, well, log! Can't paint those! I do have a couple of rooms on the lower level that are traditional so I did paint those. Such fun picking out colors!

Melissa said...

What a difference a little color makes huh? We painted ours before moving in so the before and afters reflect what the old owners left behind for us to clean up and what we did before moving in. Here's one:

Many Blessings,

Manuela@TPOH said...

Color makes such a difference! Your rooms all look so cozy and warm. I always like the look of all white rooms but I could never live that way. I need some color. But choosing paint is hard. There's too much to choose from these days!

I don't know what to do about your rosemary bush as I've never had one planted in the ground!


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Beautiful colors, Melissa. So vibrant and alive.

Barb ♥

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, your home is so GORGEOUS! I love that wheel! Thank you!!! We are building a new home this summwer and I do not know where to start with colors! If it were up to me everything would be PINK.
Thanks for the comment on the blog! That is a goal"treat" when lose 25 pounds I am off to VS!

Melody Parris said...

WOW! The colors you choose are soo soo soo PERFECT! I love the combination you put together. The colors individualy are pretty but once incorperated wtih each other the medley creats a warm elegance that flows through all the rooms. The shades complement your georgious furnature. You should become an interior degisner; your taste and style are proof that you have a great talent.


Stacey said...

Melissa, I had to come back over and laugh with you about the "tall" comment you left me. The truth is we are kind of a short family...I'm 5'4" and my guys are all 5'8". I should say the guys are kind of short. :) I guess that makes me look tall next to them. :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Painting is so FUN, well, NOT the painting part, but the end results. We just painted our upstairs bathroom Sonata Blue by Behr, and the front door is now Billiard Table Green by Behr. Next, I want to do the kitchen...

Love how the paint has transformed your already beautiful home into a real showplace!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Grandma Nina said...

I'm much like you, Melissa. I hate white or even off white walls. Any most of my colors are very similar to yours. I love the golds and greens on walls. It just makes a room feel so much warmer and cozier. Beautiful job.

Jennifer said...

It's amazing what some paint can do! I'm getting ready to repaint soon. Thank you for inspiring me!

Melanie said...

I love paint and I like the names of them too:)

Your colors really changed the look of your rooms. I love to repaint a room and see how it transforms it.

Your colors are really nice.

Debbie said...

Melissa you chose the greatest colors in your home...what I love is how your home flows from room to room....without hesitation or shock....thanks for stopping by my kitchen post, we shall see what I come up with next week ha.

Becolorful said...

Melissa, This is great for a color evangelist like me I love seeing a post with color. The white rooms are beautiful but color just makes me happy.

Melissa :) said...

I can sum this up quickly - wow! Now I want to paint all weekend! I don't think you are good for my marriage. Teehee. Or wallet. LOL :)

Thank you for your sweet comment - today is a new day, & my baby & myself are just fine. :)

Connie said...

I called my husband in from the other room to see your beautiful rooms! We moved in to our house several years ago. It had been "remodeled" before we moved in and EVERYTHING was pinted white. We started with our bathroom, doing the rag painting and it looked awesome! As we peeled off the tape, it pulled the paint right off! Come to find out, the previous owners painted the walls with oil based paint then spray painted the white water base on top without any prep work. Needless to say, to put pain on a wall requires lots of work.
LOVE your rooms. The pain really makes each room look palatial!

xinex said...

HI Melissa. I love all the paints that you chose. Your rooms really transformed beautifully. So far, I have only painted the kitchen, hall to the garage and bathroom and the hall where the bookshelves are leading to the office, powder room and back guest rooms..Christine

Beth Eaton said...

Melissa, have I told you lately that I LOVE your home! Can you come paint for me. We are in a new house and I can't wait to start decorating but I'm thinking since you're style is soooooo much like mine and you already know what you're doing, then you can just come for a visit and help!! Anyways, you have totally made your house look like a FABULOUS home that is sooooooo welcoming :) HUGS

Liz said...

Great color choices, Melissa! What a difference a little paint really warms everything up and brings the space to life.

I love your home! =) Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for sharing! ~Liz

Erin said...

Your rooms are beautiful. I love your choice of paint colors. That ceiling in your living room is awesome! Great job!

Jen @ said...

I so agree! I love paint. It is so amazing. I am about to start a bunch of painting projects this summer! I can't wait. I am going to paint my island, redo my powder room bath and my laundry room. I love painting things!

Have a wonderful weekend Melissa!


Lori said...

Hi Melissa
No one proves the goal of paint more then you! I have a very vintage home almost 100 years old, my family room is across the back of the home and is screaming for some color. However the room is long and narrow and I can't decide. I want to open it up but just not sure what color. I'm looking for warm but stuck! This is my collection room of patriotic, reds, deeper blues and cream more then white. Any clues for such a odd shape? it's a country type casual area, many books and such, very opposite of the rest of the girly colored house! How's my super kitty boy doing?? Later,Love, Lori

Gypsy Heart said...

I love color! You've done a beautiful job choosing yours.


Happy@Home said...

Your rooms all look so pretty, Melissa. They are a great example of what a difference a can of paint can make. Everything looks so warm and cozy at your house.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Xenia said...

Wow Melissa, you do an amazing job with paint! You're making me want to start doing some of the rooms here now...

Thank you so much for joining us with Friendly Follow, I'm really glad that you could be a part of it! :)

Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥ said...

Hey Melissa,

Thanks for stopping by for Friendly Friday! I {{heart}} your wall colors. They are SO beautiful. We are getting ready to paint our home, too. We used a very neutral color, that turned out much lighter than we wanted, when we built our home 2 years ago. Now we are planning to use some Sherwin Williams colors in the yellow/gold family in our 'common areas'. We have REALLY tall ceilings so we plan to hire someone to do it.

Well, thanks again for stopping by. I hope you will do it again really soon.

Have a great weekend!


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Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
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Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Hello, just found you via In lovely heels, Fabulous blog, and you stop by to see me sometimes. I'll for sure be back.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'd paint it all pink. :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Your home looks so warm and inviting! Love your paint choices! :)

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CC said...

I'm getting my room painted too! I'm thinking lime green?
Fab blog. :)

Courtney said...

I love the colors! It's amazing what a little paint can do.

I wanted to share this with you-I gave you an award:

Joy said...

All the colors you chose are great! Love the shot of your greatroom looking into your kitchen.

Together We Save said...

Love the colors!! You have such a beautiful home.

Java said...

Hi Melissa!

Thanks for visiting me and following! I am following you back!

What a great blog and a beautiful home you have there! I'm so very glad to meet you!!

Happy early birthday!! Looks like we are the same age! :)

I will be happy to add you to the Over 40 Bloggers List!!
Could you please put the Over 40 button on your sidebar? That way everyone can link to the ever growing list!!

Hope your having a great night and may you have an even better tomorrow!!


Java said...

Thanks Melissa!!

You too!!

Your on the list!!!

So glad to meet you and looking forward to our friendship!!

Kristens Creations said...

Wow Melissa, What a change!! I can't believe how much the warm colors brought life to your house! What an amazing transformation!! Your color choices were perfect to go with all of your furniture and accessories. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I need to work on a post tonight...I'm telling you, I don't know what has gotten into me, but I am feeling very unmotivated with my blog lately. I hope I come out of this soon!! Have a great day! Kristen

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, it looks like a whole new house!!! :D

Sandra said...

I love the colors you chose! The golden color is stunning!
We just finished painting our dining room and living room and boy, what a difference a coat of paint makes. Have a great Monday!

Kristens Creations said...

Thanks for checking out my old house. It did have alot of character and charm...I had fun decorating it with NO money! lol...It still turned out pretty cute though. We lived in apartments for the first six years of our marriage, so that house was like heaven to me! I couln't wait to move in. It's a shame that it's not kept up anymore. The area is really going downhill. I used to really love older homes, but after we built this one I didn't miss all the chipped paint, doors that won't shut, and high electric bills! Glad to be outta there...

I'm sure you will think of a post soon...I know I have a case of blogger's block! Talk to you soon, Kristen

Becca said...

Hey there, friend! Paint makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it? You know I love the paint colors you chose ... so warm and inviting! And, they all flow so beautifully from one room to another! I'm putting off painting ... am ready to go a tad lighter. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration! Hugs, Becca

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohh my...I cannot believe that I have missed sooo many of your wonderful blog posts, Melissa! Girl, I am really embarressed...I do apologize! Well...not a good excuse but it seems that blogland has grown sooo much and I'm having a difficult time getting around to all the places that I really want to go! Please forgive me...and just give me a "swift ol' quick in the hiney"...okay?

Anyway, I really wanted to leave you a note about this post you did on painting. It's fabulous and I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful home transformed right before my eyes! You are absolutely right about the gigantic difference that just a little paint makes! you really is an inexpensive and quick way to change the look and feel of a room! Of course, I think you know...from the old days of I just fell in love with your gorgeous home! I love everything about it!!! Melissa, you are such a gifted and talented have that "6th sence"...that I just stand in awe of!!! I love, love, LOVE all of the colors that you have chosen in your home...and I'm still just blown away by the fact that we have used sooo many of the same colors! Hehe! Your home is fabulous...but even more importantly, it's warm...inviting...and just sings of your love for it!!! And of course, that is truly what a "home" is all about...our safe haven!!! Ohhh...and I have to say it once again...your home has the most beautiful architectural those tray ceilings!!! When you added paint color...those tray ceilings just "popped"! Sooo very pretty! I love all of your gorgeous furniture and the placements too!

Well sweet friend, thank you sooo much for sharing your beautiful home with us...this post is such an inspiration!!!

Love ya, sweet lady!