Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our Renovation - A Fresh Coat of White Interior Paint

As I shared over the weekend, we have been moving full speed ahead on our reno!
Unfortunately for my blog friends, you are a bit behind due our internet issues.
I apologize, but will do my best to cath you up soon.
For those of you who have followed The Corson Cottage for a while,
you may recall how much I loved
the renovation of our 4 season room at Our First House.
It was all white.
White Walls, White Trim, White Washed Painted Wood Floors.
When it came to our new home, I knew from the beginning,
(like before we even had walls to consider painting:)
that choosing paint color would be an easy decision.
White Painted Walls & Trim.
Throughout the entire home.
I want our home to have a modern cottage feel.
Come to find out...
Selecting the perfect white paint, can be just a bit more challenging than you think.
Here's where we started.
Option 1
As much as I adore Simply White by Benjamin Moore,
it is a very popular white paint for a cottage style home.
At $65-70 per gallon, well it simply wasn't in our budget.
Option 2
At $130 per 5 Gallon Container, this was a contender.
I am extremely partial to Behr paint.
I've used it on several projects and it always ends up being my favorite.
I think Behr offers a great paint, at an affordable price and great coverage.
Option 3
At just $81.87 per 5 Gallon Container,
 Olympic Ultra White available at Lowes seemed to offer yet another good option.
A good paint brand at a good price point.
 Ultimately we decided to save a little money here & go with Olympic.
Every little bit helps and it stretches the budget in other areas
when you are working on a project of this magnitude.
Originally we planned to paint the entire house ourselves.
Well as our timeline sretched, so did our patience a bit.
We decided to have our drywall finishers paint the walls also.
They gave us a price that we couldn't refuse & our walls were all painted in about 4 days.
If there is one thing that I personally have learned a thing or two about
over the course of our fixer upper and renovation journies, it's paint.
I have painted nearly every single room and trim in every home we have lived in.
Travis is the builder & I am the painter.
He normally does the tough stuff & I handle the more delicate details.
So, here is my word of advice when selecting white paints.
1. My personal go to all time Favorite is Behr Ultra White.
I happen to love a bright crisp white.
I have found that the best white paint is the ultra white paint straight out
of the white paint container of most brands.
2. Still not sure, want to check it out for yourself.
Select a variety of white paint samples.
Take them home to the room you intend to paint.
I always start by eliminating those that are just all wrong.
3. Narrow your choice down to 2-3.
4. Paint a sample area on a wall or a seperate extra piece of wood in the room you're painting.
5. Choose your perfect shade of white & the perfect finish for the look you are trying to achieve.
 Still interested in hearing more about how to select the perfect white paint?
Stay tuned for our next post.
We'll go over how to select your perfect paint for trim.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Long Time No Posting ~ & Dwellings Spring

Hello Friends!
It has been far too long since my last post.
It seems like this year has really not gotten off on the right foot for my blog.
For some reason,
as we are finishing up our basement dwelling stint at my Mom's luck is not on our side.
I have had no internet access for over a month!
I'm finally back online as of today!
I have so so much to cath you up on of our renovation journey.
We have been moving full speed ahead!
The progress is very exciting!
Each day that goes by & each item checked off the too do list,
get's us one step closer to move in day!
Finally...a light at the end of a very long tunnel.
Stay tuned this week I'm thinking of marathoning some of our reno updates!
I thought I would share a few Dwellings Spring photos today.
I am craving home so much these days.
Nothing makes me feel more at home in the Spring Time
than fresh green hues & natural linen fabrics.



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