Just paint it

October 21, 2009

I think paint covers a multitude of sins. Being a renter I would love to have a home to renovate as I see fit. But living in a temporary home you could easily not care about what it looks like and just convince yourself it is only a rental by not doing anything - living with all the ugliness. No! It is your home, your sanctuary! I have lived in a few homes both rental and my own where I have realized that the quickest and cheapest way to make a change is to paint the walls. Check out the wall colour of our dining and living room before we moved in. There was no way I was going to live with those walls (and that UGLY light fixture).

I got to work priming and painting a more neutral colour. Unfortunately, this house was built in the early 90's with pinky undertones so I couldn't use my favourite colour, Buttercream, from Benjamin Moore, it has green undertones that would REALLY bring out the pink in the carpet and tile. I went with Thousand Islands. After the paint was up, furniture in and switched out the light fixture (also hideous!) with a great one from a big box hardware store, the rooms looks fab! 

Cost: $60 paint and $179 for the chandelier!
I am going to link up for DIY Day at  A Soft Place to Land
also linking up at 


  1. That looks great! I love the chandelier!

  2. Wow what a great makeover! Loooove the chandelier, just gorgeous.

  3. Looks wonderful! It took me so long to go with a bolder color, but looking at your neutrals makes me want to paint them all back to neutral again!

  4. WOW, what a wonderful transformation! You have got to be just thrilled! I am impressed with your work & your attitude! I have you bookmarked! Deborah

  5. Looks fabulous!!! And I'm in love with your chandelier.

  6. @cheapchichome. So pretty. I think it is very hard to use the "red"family in paint very well.

  7. What a beautiful chandelier! And I really like that paint color, too. What a difference it makes!


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