Grand Danbury One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Spring 2018 Week Two – The Great Paint Debate

April 11, 2018

I painted some of my wood trim.
There, I said it. My name is Danielle, I’m an old house enthusiast, and I *gasp* painted some of my wood trim.

Painting wood trim is one of those hugely polarising design decisions. And I totally get it – my househunt once yielded a stunning Queen Anne Victorian which had every inch of it’s magnificent wood trimmed foyer painted a horrifyingΒ metallic gold. I almost cried at the thought of what that space once was and how much effort it would take to restore it back to it’s former wood trim glory.

So why did I tempt controversy and paint my trim? Well, though my house is supes cute from the outside, the inside (especially the staircase) is another story. Sure there’s a little detail here and there, a sprinkling of charm, but it is not one of those exquisite Queen Annes and it’s woodwork is sadly lacking. What is there is mostly non-original and covered in years of drips and specks from messy wall paint jobs. In short: my trim was a total Monet.

So I took a deep breath, put my painting pants on* and got down to painting my trim (well, I got as far as priming it this week). And let me tell you: it was terrifying. I could almost hear the old house purists scolding me for not restoring what was there. I braced myself for the internet haters telling me they “liked the before better”. There were many, many moments where I doubted myself. But I’m glad to say that once that first coat went on I knew I’d made the right decision. Giant sigh of relief.


Now the next big decision is what color to paint the walls. The plan is to add some decorative molding and paint the bottom part white, to lighten the space and add some interest to the Nothingness. Above the molding will be where the DRAMA comes in – I’m talking a deep, sexy wall color rising up to the ceiling. Now which deep, sexy wall color exactly I’m not sure. I’ve narrowed it down to a custom concoction I’m calling Salt and Peppery (a brighter, lighter version of my favorite Behr color Peppery) and a delightful blue/green/grey called Le Luxe. Aaaaaand of course they both look awesome. It’s like being presented with Bradley Cooper and Joe Manganiello – they’re both so dang handsome which do you choose?? How can you possibly decide?!? I’m going to put it to a vote in my Stories on the Gram and see what the crowd thinks, so feel free to head on over there and add your two cents.


Left: Salt and Peppery aka Bradley Cooper. Right: Le Luxe aka Joe Manganiello

I will leave you this week with a work-in-progress mood board of the direction I’m heading in. There’s still some things up in the air but I’m starting to really narrow in on the final look. I love the tiles but they are not inexpensive and I’m having trouble pulling the trigger on them – it’s sure going to be tough to balance the budget whilst still making a big impact!


*actual pants, which I wear exclusively for painting

It’s getting exciting in ORC land – the featured designers and other guest participants have some great projects going on!


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  • Reply Christina April 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Love both of those colors, and the plan!

    • Reply Danielle Berger May 13, 2018 at 7:28 am

      Thanks so much Christina!

  • Reply Meghan April 12, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Your stairwell is going to be STUN-NING! I totally get you on the internal struggle with painting original trim. Personally, I think that by painting the risers, you’ve made the treads POP and really show their beauty and depth! I am a fan! And I love the color on the left. So moody and dynamic! I can’t wait to see the entire space come together. We are making over our mudroom for our first ever ORC. So exciting!

    • Reply Danielle Berger May 13, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Meghan! I’m heading over to check out your mudroom right now πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lindsey at HilltownHouse April 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Love the mood board you put together for this space! Either one of those moody dark colors is going to look amazing against that beautiful wood

    • Reply Danielle Berger May 13, 2018 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Lindsey! It was a tough choice, they were both so pretty!

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