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Every now and then we complete a project in the house that transforms our home so much, that it makes us wonder why we didn’t do it months – who are we kidding – years ago and our latest project has had exactly that effect on us.
When we moved in, the dining room and kitchen were two separate rooms. The kitchen was dirtier than I could have ever imagined and in the dining room, things weren’t much better.
It was covered in dirty wallpaper, had the most disgusting stained carpet I’ve ever seen and had a seriously unsafe gas fireplace.
Last year, we completed one of the biggest projects we’ve tackled so far in our home – removing the load-bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room – but ever since the room has looked like this.
Not great is it? Bits of flaky plaster, random patches of paint testing on the walls – basically it’s a bit of a mess.
After removing the wall, we pretty much left the room untouched – until now!
We’ve been really busy cleaning, priming and painting the glossy yellow cornice, painting the ceiling and painting all walls and shelves.
As always when painting a room, we painted the ceiling and cornice before moving onto the walls.
The colour we decided to go for is called Soothing White from the Home Of Colour range by Homebase.
Like in all other rooms that we’ve painted, we opted for a matt paint finish, which we think has a more contemporary feel. In this case, we also figured that it would hide some of the imperfections in the rough walls – and we were right, they look almost completely smooth!
It was a great paint to work with and covered really well, especially considering that we’re being total rebels and didn’t even bother to prime our walls. It even covered the horrible yellow walls in the kitchen!
As always when choosing paint colours, we bought some testers to double-check the colour before covering our whole room in it. The little colour swatches in colour cards or on the computer screen are just never enough to make an informed decision. Especially in this case, as the colour we chose is called Soothing White, but it definitely has a grey-blue tint – which we love, but could possibly be confusing.
So, after a lot of painting and cleaning this is what our room looks like now.
Both the kitchen and dining area are now the same colour which, for the first time makes it feel like one room and not two separate areas.
The room now feels so much more finished and has such an amazing feeling of cleanliness!
Whilst it took a while to paint everything, we really wish we’d done it a long time ago. We always say that a quick coat of paint can instantly transform a room, but the difference still amazes us.
As you can see, things still aren’t completely finished. We still need to box in the steel beam, we still need a new kitchen, we still need to sort out the heating (at the moment the only heat source in the whole room is the wood-burning stove) and we still need to have the windows replaced.
In addition to painting everything, we also updated the room by adding a few new fun accessories like the gorgeous cushion on our sofa which works well in tying lots of the colours of the room together and fabulous candlestick and orange candles (they were white, but we gave them a coat of paint) to brighten up our dining table.
We also added a few pretty things to our previously boring sideboard, like some more framed art (yes, there’s not actual art in the frame yet) and the fabulous copper vases (all-new accessories are from Homebase).
We’re so happy with the transformation of this room. For the first time since living in our home, it actually feels like a room and not a building site.
Do you love how paint has the ability to transform a room as much as we do? Do you choose paint colours from paint chips or do you use paint testers like us? Have you ever put off a project that you wish you’d done sooner?