our house: paint (powder room blues)

just a few of the paint chips currently hanging in our first floor powder room

just a few of the paint chips currently hanging in our first floor powder room

One thing that may never end as long as we live in this new house is the endless process of painting. So far we've painted very little. 1 room, 1 door and some trim. However, we are surrounded by piles of paint chips, even more taped to the walls. We still have nearly 3 full floors of walls, ceilings and trim to paint. And we might even paint a floor. 

left to right: palace pearl, gravel gray, blue note, bracken slate, dark pewter

left to right: palace pearl, gravel gray, blue note, bracken slate, dark pewter

We are sticking to a basic run of blue throughout the house, but we have one tiny little room that is currently paining me to no end and I am trying to wrestle into some sort of palatable existence until we can really overhaul it. It is our very small first floor powder room. It's big because the last house had no first floor bathroom of any kind and it's big because it's really, really ugly, but it really is a tiny little room. Being tiny though does not mean it's an easy fix. Because ti's small and covered in a layer of cement & chicken wire based tile, it will be hard and unpleasant to makeover if we decide to touch the tile. And because the tile is also ugly, no, not ugly, UGLY, we will likely have to touch it with a sledgehammer. Until then, we are trying to work out a plain of existence where said tile can co-exist with my delicate sensibilities. 

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The tile is a buffy-peachy color with milk chocolate brown trim.  I hate to tear out good anything and the tile is solid and in workable shape, if not perfect, but the color just irks me. If I can find a way to make it work, I will, though I'm beginning to think I just won't be able to find an approach that works. We have gone at it with many ideas & paint colors, trying to make it somehow look just acceptable. Every color so far has just made it look worse. Final idea is to go with something gray to help pull the pink out of the main tiles and darker to help make the chocolate look darker- more dark chocolate than baby poo for example. This seems to be the most effective route, so we're giving it a shot, even though it might just be a temporary fix.  

On the left, Dark Pewter, on the right, Dark Gravel with w tiny strip of Blue Note in the middle. The Big blue square blocks out where we intend to replace the lovely plastic shelf with an IKEA RÅSKOG wall cabinet (also a nice dark gray and will conveniently cover the holes in the tile from the previous shelves.

On the left, Dark Pewter, on the right, Dark Gravel with w tiny strip of Blue Note in the middle. The Big blue square blocks out where we intend to replace the lovely plastic shelf with an IKEA RÅSKOG wall cabinet (also a nice dark gray and will conveniently cover the holes in the tile from the previous shelves.

Dark Pewter, looking a bit darker here than it does in person

Dark Pewter, looking a bit darker here than it does in person

dark pewter BM 2122-10

dark pewter BM 2122-10

Because we're going blue almost everywhere, we were looking for a blue-toned  gray, however most just looked too blue. We looked at many really great grays, but darker seemed to work better with the tile, so we whittled it down to a few. We haven't done a dark room before, ever, so I was leaning towards an almost black- like Soot or Temptation, but certain smaller members of the household said that they would be too afraid to use the bathroom, so we went back a bit to less black, more tinted gray. I really like the Bracken Slate, but once agian, little ones rule, and they think too gray is too yuck, so I needed to find a gray that will make them think color without looking too much like navy blue or hinter green. They all really, like the Palace Pearl, but we larger people really wanted to go darker. Though we really wanted to stick bluer to keep with the blue tone of the whole house paint scheme- like the Gravel Gray or Blue Note- the most popular choice right now is Dark Pewter. It reads  bit too green on the smaller test blocks, but the bigger it gets, the darker gray it becomes. So, I can live with it I think. And as we are truly slaves to the children, in the end, what they want wins. Having a bathroom that they refuse to use really does us no good anyway. (All colors are Benjamin Moore and all are significantly darker than the swatches below) 

Gravel Gray / BM 2127-30

Gravel Gray / BM 2127-30

Blue Note / BM 2129-30

Blue Note / BM 2129-30

Soot / BM 2129-20

Soot / BM 2129-20

Temptation / BM 1609

Temptation / BM 1609

So, the walls are being painted hopefully soon. The toilet has already been replaced with a very nice Gerber Avalance. The original American Standard toilet not only used a small country's worth of water, but it had been modified at some point and no longer worked properly, so it had to go. The original sink sadly was removed before we bough the house. The current sink is a really awful pedestal sink with a cheap faucet. Both are in terrible condition and need to go very, very soon. Because this is a way station makeover on the way to a permanent solution, we are going with a quick change for the sink and most likely going with an Ikea sink (with souped up hardware, probably from Anthropologie) and faucet. The Faucet will likely be black, as will the door knob. The door will be painted white, as will all of the doors in the house (more to paint), as will the trim. We have a lovely marble windowsill that we will keep an a broken marble threshold that we will replace. The light fixture & floor are still on hold until we come to a final plan, though I'm thinking white for the light & black with black grout for the tile. 

palace pearl/ CW-650

palace pearl/ CW-650

The little people really love the Palace Pearl and so do I, so we're thinking of suing it for the kitchen if we don't go with all white. It's a very lovely color from the Benjamin Moore Colonial Williamsburg collection that mixes white, black and a bit of Prussian Blue. Because the bathroom is adjacent to the kitchen, I really want the color to go well with the kitchen color. Both the Gravel Gray and the Dark Pewter do look lovely with it, however, I personally am leaning a bit more towards the gravel gray. Which means I might be giving in on the Dark Pewter now, but I might be pulling that Gravel Gray or the Blue Note back out later...