April 19, 2011

PROJECT SF HOME: WEEK 5, PAINTING BEGINS

Those close to me know that my home is totally stressed me out. I moved to San Francisco on February 2nd and almost three months later, I still feel like I'm camping out. Not an easy thing on the psychology of a home perfections. But this weekend, I feel like I made leaps and bounds on progress. It's amazing what paint will do to make your home feel that much closer to 'finished.'
This is a second bedroom, which I'm converting into a dining room since I'll be entertaining more than I'll be having out of town guests. I know I wanted a dark and dramatic space and the moment I tested Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray, I knew I'd found the one!
One room pretty much takes one day, so before starting, I made sure I was mentally prepared for all the work. So I got into my scrubby paint clothes, opened the windows, put on my favorite music, and poured myself a nice beverage.
When painting a room, you always want to start by using painters tape to outline all the areas you don't want paint on. Then begin with the ceiling, making your way down the wall, and finally finishing with the trim and moldings. This will ensure gravity is working with you, not against you.
I went back on forth whether or not to paint the ceiling, but finally decided I wanted that drama and went for it. It actually makes the ceiling look taller and creates the effect of being enveloped in warmth.

And voila! My beautiful new dining room! I cannot wait to get my furniture in here and a beautiful big brass chandelier. In the meantime, I'm off to paint the bedroom in a delicious pink!

36 comments:

Her name was Lola said...

Obsessed with the color. It looks spectacular, Crystal. xo Lola

Jewel at EatDrinkShopLove said...

Love the Gray Color! Can't wait to see the room come together.

kalanicut said...

Love the color and love that you went for it and painted the ceiling - even better that is worked fantastically and makes the room look taller. It's going to be lovely!

Emily said...

Yes, this room will be amazing. That color is perfection. Congrats on your progress so far. I know it's hard work!

JenLynn said...

I love the idea of painting the ceiling. It looks great.

Karena said...

Crystal it is stunning. I adore the drama & the color is perfect!

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Karena

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Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

tres fun!

Tamara, Bella Boho said...

Great color choice, love it, and I'm so glad you painted the ceiling, such a big fan of that! No stoppin the eyes.

Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors said...

Its really lovely! A+ on the decision to do the ceiling. Can't wait to see the finished room.
Debbie
Vintage Scout Interiors

travelkate said...

Love that color! All of my ceilings will be the same color as my walls, which I was a little worried about but when you said it makes the ceilings appear taller, I breathed a sigh of relief!

The Iconic Blog said...

Looks gorgeous! Love the grey!xx

Melanie
www.theiconicblog.com

My Notting Hill said...

It's a beautiful color and I love your choice to paint the ceiling. Can't wait to see it w/the furniture.

dCc said...

How exciting! This is going to be gorgeous!!

xx
dCc

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

It's coming together beautifully! Can't wait to see the finished product. I painted my entire living and dining room last year by myself too (like your apartment, it has lots of molding), and it's a TON of work. I'm sure you deserved that beverage! :)

adorninc said...

Oooooh I love it! Good choice of colour!

Grant K. Gibson said...

STUNNING!

Julip Made said...

Good decision with the ceiling, it really adds depth and height! Can't wait to see how this all turns out.

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

I love love love the gray! It looks stunning, I can't wait to see the final result!

Lindsay Straw-Galloway said...

perfection in every way! I can't wait to see the pink room next. Bravo, Crystal!!! Gorge!

Renée Finberg said...

some job you did!!!
i am anxiously awaiting the finished room.

American Gypsy said...

Looks great and love the color on the ceiling. Oddly enough, I've been thinking a lot about painting the ceiling, too. Even stranger is that I've been (slightly) obsessing about Hgtv's green home giveaway. They've painted a lot of ceilings in the house and have to say that I really like it.

Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

I have just suggested this color to a client, so I am glad to see it looks so great! I'm really enjoying seeing your space come together!

Chic Coles said...

Wow that is so beautiful. Can not wait to see the bathroom.

The Sister Sophisticate said...

Stunning wall color you have there!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Grey is certainly one of my favorite colors.
I am so smitten with this.
I hope my invitation is in the mail...lol



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Brittany Stiles said...

I've been getting braver lately and started painting ceilings too! I love the way your dining room turned out.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Love the drama it has brought to the space!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Beautiful! I love it! Fabulous color choice, can't wait to see your bedroom.

LiveLikeYou said...

How fun..I love the idea of turning a bedroom in to a sultry dark dining room. We should all use our spaces that's suitable to us.

escapade said...

Lookin good Crystal - can't wait to see how it all comes together!

kelly said...

Love the gray! I would never have painted the ceiling, you're a brave woman!

SHERRY HART said...

Love the color...and love that you had a "nice" beverage to help with the painting :)

Hilary Schwartz said...

SO gorgeous!! But would expect nothing less:)

The Pocket Stylist said...

I love it. We are moving soon and I wanted to paint the new house with a dark but warm grey. I will have to check out this color I love it!!!

::levina:: said...

lovely the color. looking forward to seeing the final result.

Anonymous said...

I tried a color sample of this on my wall and it shows a lot of silver. Similar to the first completed picture.

However, you're last picture seems to show more brown in it. How is at night? I'm considering it for a bedroom with 11 ft ceilings...

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