Ohmigosh we’re halfway through this challenge! The stairwell has moved forward in leaps and bounds this week with a healthy dose of paint… and yet I feel like I have a million more weeks of work and only three actual weeks until the Big Reveal! It will all be ok in the end, right? Right?! That’s the fun of it though – and the challenge!
I took the paint color to a vote on Instagram last week and Le Luxe won by a landslide (also Bradley Cooper was the crowd favourite hot guy – no surprise there!) So Le Luxe it was and let me just say – great choice everyone *applause* *high fives* It’s my favourite kind of color: a chameleon that’s bright and interesting in the day time and dark and dramatic at night. Depending on the light it’s green or grey or blue or an almost inky black. Beautiful!
Below the Le Luxe is what I think is by far the best warmish white out there, my darling Behr Silky White. Trust me on this one – I have tried every white and this is The One. Silky White is a true white but slightly warm, without a hint of an undertone (so many whites tend blue or pink or green or purple!) It’s white but not too white and really looks lovely and crisp against dark colors. It’s really thrilling to see the space changing through the color and contrast of the paint.
While I did paint some of the wood trim, I deliberately left some of it too, to provide the warmth that only wood can. The floors are beautiful and the wood trim that I kept wood (the newel posts, handrails and window trim) complement the floors while giving them space to shine. I’ve been slowly removing all the old finishes/varnish on it with denatured alcohol and steel wool – a tedious, messy, but ultimately very satisfying endeavour. I’ve been inspired by Restoring Ross’ recent efforts in his niche. My woodwork doesn’t have anywhere near the detail and beauty that his has, but his slow-but-steady progress has been pushing me to bring my own battered wood back to life.
In other news: the trim and molding is ordered and should arrive this week. It will add so much dimension to the space, I’m very excited about it! I’m also excited and nervous to be trying something new with the trim – I found a budget alternative which I’m going to experiment with, fingers crossed it all works out. And because I saved some cash on the trim I bit the bullet, used my Christmas gift cards (what, your family doesn’t give you Home Depot cards for Christmas?), and ordered the tiles for the lowest landing. They will be beautiful – I’m just hoping I get them down in time for the Big Reveal date!
My biggest struggle this week has been locking down all the little details. I know what I want but actually finding it is proving a little tricky. I had a cute little pillow top bench on my mood board last week…but it doesn’t really offer much storage for the whole shoe situtation that happens at the top of the stairs. Having said that there is a serious lack of attractive, affordable storage furniture out there. I’m on the hunt though and determined to find something just right.
Next update I hope to have the trim started and the wood parts of the trim mostly restored! Plus I have a big project for the main wall which will be amazing when it’s done…I’ve just got to get going on it! Time’s a tickin’!
Time to explore what else is happening in ORC land – the featured designers are working on some quite brilliant spaces (loving this one, and this one!), and the guest participants are forging ahead with their lovely projects too! Also have you seen the One Room Challenge series on Home Love Network? I dig Andy and Candis (and their Modern Victorian vibe!) so much, and this series is such an interesting insight into everyone’s design process. Go check it out!