I found it. My perfect greige. It’s taken me a lot of trial and error (for a history of my paint color journey, read this post) and MANY paint samples. Finally, this past weekend, the new color went on the wall and it’s everything I dreamed of.
But let’s back up for a second. This is all part of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. And this week is Week 4 – which means there’s only two more weekends until the final reveal on Nov. 10! Make sure to take a look at all the awesome updates from the featured designers and the guest participants. There is so much progress being made and Week 4 means that it’s time for final decisions to happen and work to be done.
The color I finally settled on is Sherwin Williams Anew Gray at 75%. The reason this is such a big deal is because this color will go well beyond the garage entry hall and laundry room. My plan to is repaint all of the living spaces (living room, dining room, kitchen & hall/entry). The initial color I chose 2+ years ago was far more gold than I wanted it to be. I thought I had a winner this summer when I painted the kitchen Woodrow Wilson Putty by Valspar, but it was lighter than I envisioned and not quite right. Back to square one.
This time around, the samples I tested included: Anew Gray, Analytical Gray, Colonnade Gray and Agreeable Gray. Analytical Gray read way too green on my walls and Agreeable Gray was a little too light. That left Colonnade Gray and Anew Gray. I really liked the undertones of Anew Gray a little more – it has a hint more beige than Colonnade Gray (but they are very similar). My only hesitation was if it was too dark for the areas that don’t get a lot of natural light (aka the laundry room). To keep it on the light side, I had them mix the color at 75% and it’s perfect. Has enough gray in it, but also has a good bit of warmth so plays nicely with my other decor. The hallway looks so much lighter now!
The other big project over the weekend was replacing the flooring. I used vinyl tiles from Home Depot in 12×24 and tiled over the existing laminate flooring. By far the hardest part was cutting the tiles to fit around the drains and water heater. I also highly recommend that you have a large pack of razor blades for your utility knife on hand so you don’t have to send your husband to Lowe’s at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night. Not that I know from experience …
The flooring made a huge difference. So much cleaner! Replacing the tile also gave us the opportunity to clean behind the washer and dryer. We discovered that the dryer hookup had at some point fallen out of the wall, so in addition to creating a potential fire hazard, there was also a ton of lint everywhere. Thank goodness we made the discovery before anything bad happened. We purchased a new hook up and are back in working order.
There is still a lot left to do, but it’s great to finally have progress and I think I can still finish everything. The cabinet will hopefully be hung this weekend and then the shelving can go in. I also figured out a plan to hide at least part of the water heater. Unfortunately, I can’t disguise it 100% without creating a fire hazard so I’m erring on the side of extreme caution for this one. What else?
New lights Replace Flooring Paint walls & ceiling Repair& repaint door frame from where dog ate it Order new rug, buy laundry basket
- Stain shelving & planks; install
- Paint & hang cabinet (in progress)
- Cover electrical box (in progress)
- Hang hooks, clothes drying system
- Buy baskets/storage
Overall, I’m on track but there’s still a lot to do.At this point, everything has either been bought, shipped or arrived with the exception of the wood for the shelves/walls and baskets for organization.