We’re back with another reader renovation! This time around, we’re talking with Erika about her and her husband’s recent family room painting adventures…
Hi! I’m Erika, and my husband (Dan) and I seem to be renovating our house in the same pattern of projects as Greg and Ashley! (Of course, when it comes to houses, I assume people hit the kitchen and bathrooms first no matter what, so maybe it’s not such an extreme coincidence!). We recently said “Hasta Luego!” to our extremely neutral family room when we painted it a deep blueberry color. We also painted our brick mantle from white to a deep brown color, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! It’s pretty scary to paint such dark colors, because no one likes to have to repaint if it doesn’t go well. We were very relieved when our friends and family started asking for paint swatches so often that we had to grab a stash to hand out! At this rate, we’re thinking we might have to send swatches with our Christmas cards this year!
My husband and I bought our now-22 year-old house in 2009. Since the day we moved in, we have been doing projects throughout the house to update and make it reflect our own style and personality. The house was well-maintained by the original owners, but it had not been updated since it was purchased in 1989. That means there was a pirate ship’s worth of gold accents, shell sinks and circus wallpaper to boot! The family room was one of our first attempts to assert our sense of style into the home.
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