Thursday, May 21, 2015

Farmhouse Paint Colors and Wallpaper

I have been eating, breathing, sleeping, all things this house for at least a good solid year. Most things I have known what I want before I even have to pick them out. I hear that's been a contractors dream. Until they get wind that I write about them every week in a blog. I have even been deemed the Taylor Swift of house building. Actually - that's a lie. No one has ever called me that- I call myself that. Enough embarrassing admissions of my love of Taylor Swift (Country Taylor Swift - NOT "Shake it off" Taylor Swift) - let's get back to paint colors.

I am not good with lots of color. Part of me would love everything white and off white - actually most of me would love white and off whites... BUT we have lots of big beautiful trim and to really show that off I think you need a little bit of color. Key word... little...

I'll go ahead and warn you that ALL of these colors are not what they appear. I almost didn't even post these paint colors because the sample that I downloaded from the internet is not how it looks on my walls. But... here goes.

All of our cabinets and trim are painted (enameled) Benjamin Moore "White Dove." It's such a great color with the right amount of cream to it.  Plus it's what my sister in law has and let's face it - anything that she has in her house I love. Thanks Mel....

The majority of the house (entry, living room, hallway, back mudroom, garage, laundry, up the stairs, upstairs playroom) will be Benjamin Moore "Revere Pewter."
Again... it's not near as dark as it's appearing.


My Farmers office will be Benjamin Moore "Briarwood"... I was looking for a great deep rich color - something very masculine and this color did it for me. It's a good grey/brown with a hint of greenish. (Not John Deere Green as originally requested...)

The kitchen is Benjamin Moore "Glass Slipper"... A real pale pale icy blue.  Not too many walls in my kitchen - most of it is open. It will mainly be where the table area is.

I have said all along that if I could afford to wallpaper my whole house that I think I would. Now that may be a stretch but I do love wallpaper. My half bath will be wallpapered this white and light gray Animal Toile. The lower half of the walls are the white library paneling and this will wallpaper will be the top. One of my favorite rooms... I can't have a favorite - I love them all. Check out those big cows (bulls) I am a sucker for all things cow. 

Our master bedroom is Benjamin Moore "Phillipsburg Blue" DEFINITELY not as deep as it's shown in the sample... It was tough for me to do this dark, but we have three really big windows that line one wall so lots of natural light and big white trim. I think it will go with our cream upholstered bed great.

Another reason that I decided to go so bold in the master bedroom was that our master bathroom is.... wait for it..... White. Dove white trim and Dove white walls. Our two vanities are a dark walnut/cherry color and the mirrors as well so I think it will be a nice balance.

Benjamin Moore "White Dove"

I desperately wanted to paint the bedroom with the built in bookcases a soft pinkish color, but I refrained. I ended up doing BOTH bedrooms in Benjamin Moore "Colony Green". It's a much softer green than the way that it looks below.

The upstairs (future kiddos) bathroom will be both painted and wallpapered. Remember it's a Jack and Jill styled bathroom so it has two vanity sections that are separated my a middle section with a shared tub and toilet. The two vanity section will be painted this Benjamin Moore "Billowy Down"


And the middle section with the tub and the toilet will be this absolutely adorable Thibaut "Resort Frogs"... It's even cuter in person - I promise. And parts of the frogs and the butterflies actually have texture on them. It almost appears as if it's painted on the wallpaper. Very charming.

Our outside columns will be painted a bright white (to match the siding) but both front and back porch ceilings will be Sherwin Williams "Sleepy Blue."


Well - I think that about covers it for paint and wallpaper. All but one color was chosen from the  Benjamin Moore color schemes but our paint will be Sherwin Williams. They will just match every sample that I have. I know I didn't post a weekly update this week. I plan to combine it with next week since I think maybe our painting will done.

We are getting closer...

I will end with an adorable picture from one of our last Taylor Swift concert because they are cuter than any house photo. And yes I made those tutus and NO I didn't wear one :)



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Lichte's New Farmhouse..... Week 40 and Week 41

I am very very behind.... Which seems to be the theme for our construction. JUST KIDDING! I am the worlds least patient person (according to my farmer) so throw that in with building a new home and it's not a great combination.
I didn't post Week 40 because we had a birthday party for our nephew (pictures later in the post) and well there wasn't really that much to show. Just paint primer... and I can't even try to make that interesting.
But the good news is it all looks very very good. Caulking and priming and enamel is very boring to me when I just want to be living there but what it ends up doing to your trim and the way that it looks is very much worth it. I need to remind myself of that when I become impatient. Good things come to those who wait!
Take a look at Week 40 and Week 41... Because they are the same - from the outside at least. 

We did get our appliances in... We purchased them back in October from Best Buy. 

With all of the priming and caulking they have to remove every drawer and door from the house. It's a process I tell ya. 

Primed white laundry room cabinets.

Primed Library paneling in the 1/2 bath.

The kitchen island

The stained kitchen island....

Primed living room built ins.

Primed library paneling going up the steps.

The front door also got stained BUT quickly covered up for the priming process. Maybe I'll show you that next week.

Last week we got all of our countertops set. Kitchen and Laundry room are a River White granite and upstairs bathroom vanities are an SF Real granite.  We purchased master bath vanities and the half bath vanity from stores (Pottery Barn and Home Depot) those are both Cararra Marble.
We got all of our stone from Bracco Stone in Kansas City. Very very nice people to work with and great prices as well. SO if you are looking for some countertops give them a call. I failed to get a picture of the upstairs 1/2 bath vanity tops. They are very similar to the kitchen and I did get photos of those.
We did a small Ogee on the kitchen island and a half bullnose everywhere else for the edging. All four corners of the island flair out like in this photo below.
This is of course was taken prior to the island being stained. I'm a little backwards on this post.

I think I have been most excited about this old sink. We had it redone and sandblasted a bit. If you recall from my earlier post this is from the house of my farmers grandparents. It's very very special to us all and I am glad that we have been able to put it to good use. I bet I give babies a bath someday in this sink. Hopefully kids and grandkids. 


AND... Some of my favorite birthday party shots..

The birthday boy... My farmers little buddy and my little boyfriend. I can't wait to tease him in 10 years that he was in love with his Aunt :)

WELL that is all for Week 40 and Week 41. I am drinking coffee and picking out my colors now SO I will do a post about what colors (and wallpaper) I have picked out.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Easter 2015

I managed to go the whole day without getting a photo of my farmer (wearing pink) and I in our Sunday Easter Outfits. Maybe we will wear the same clothes to church Sunday and I'll snap a quick photo. I LOVE taking pictures of everyone but have noticed that I am always left out of photos.. On days when I am not in my "Sunday Best" that's probably a good thing as I am currently sporting no makeup and in yoga pants.... that have nevwer been to yoga.

 It's a stamp of time, a moment that you wont ever get back. Easter 2015 is done and over - we only have photos to remember that day by. So - if you take anything from this post (minus our adorable and well dressed nieces and nephews) take more pictures. AND since I just had to replace my I phone 5 with a new one PLEASE PLEASE back up to I cloud OR take your pictures with a camera - Not a telephone.

Okay - that PSA is over - take a look at my favorite Easter Pictures.

Oh wait - my farmer..... wearing pink....

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