Monday, March 5, 2012

Painting the trim...

Hi everyone! I have been busy painting my french doors, which of course led to painting all the windows and trim in our living/kitchen area. I am reminded that I do not like painting at all. However, I do enjoy the result.

Here is how it looked at Christmas. I have always HATED the white. I always felt like it looked someone primed but never painted. I much prefer rich, dark wood trim.  So I have been searching for a trim color forever.

When I found these tongue and groove boards from my grandparents' house, I fell in love with this gray color.  If you saw my hall bath makeover, you will remember that we put these boards up as wainscoting in there. I was thrilled to find paint the exact same color at Walmart and knew that was what I wanted for the trim. No one trusted me. My mom thought I was crazy after seeing the samples on the french doors. 

I thought it would work because there was a similar color on the windows in the inspiration photo I have shared so many times. 

Then I found another inspiration photo on pinterest...

And I LOVE it! It's dark but not too dark, and the color is such a warm gray that it brings everything else out. What I really like is that it takes attention away from the trim and really enhances the views we have here. 

We will be installing these wormy chestnut baseboards from the old house as soon as I get enough of them all cleaned up. 

I'll share the rest of the updates here and the french doors later. I am still looking for fabric in the turquoise color to add like in my inspiration photo.

But when it comes down to it, none of this really matters. I cannot help but be reminded of so many who have lost not only homes and possessions, but the many who have lost lives during the last week. Although I feel so helpless here, I can join with others praying for survivors and the ones who are in those areas helping with recovery. 


I'll be joining:

Metamorphosis Monday (Between Naps on the Porch)
Wow Us Wednesdays (Savvy Southern Style)
The Power of Paint (Domestically Speaking)
Show and Tell (Delectable Home)


  1. Your room looks beautiful with the new trim paint Anita. The color is really pretty and complements all the other colors in the room. I was thinking the same thing about all those who were affected by the tornadoes the past few days. Some amazing stories even in Charlotte, so close to home.

  2. I LOVE it and can't wait for the finished project!!

  3. The new trim color is beautiful. I love it and your room, Anita!

    As always, tornado victims and families, are in our prayers.

  4. Wow! Anita that looks gorgeous! I'm so impressed that you were daring and went with something other than white and the results are incredible. Well done! :-)

  5. That's an unusual trim color but a super, super one Anita. It's a world more sophisticated than the white and works perfectly with the wall color. Most people would be tempted to go dark to coordinate with the leather -- your choice one ups that. Are you planning to use it all through the house? Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you. Jane

  6. Love your new trim looks gorgeous!!!
    Beautiful room.....

  7. Oh Anita, how true. My daughter's in grad school, distance program and announcements made that faculty, students, lost life, loved ones, homes, property......her university is in Kentucky. Prayers, prayers. I would love to say and celebrate your vision, hard work and gorgeous results. You saw the inspiration and imagined it for your wonderful home and family. So blessed to have you in my life and want to be thankful:)

  8. I love the new trim color - it looks so rich and warm. I've noticed a trend lately too of painting crown moulding the same color as the walls - wonder how your crown would look in your gold paint? I'd love it if you'd share this post at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  9. Anita, I LOVE IT!! Such a great choice for the trim color!! It works perfectly with the gorgeous, rich colors that you have! You always have such beautiful decor.

  10. I love what you have done. Your home looks so warm and inviting. Great job.

  11. I think greys and red are magic together. Your inspiration picture are great. I pinned them.

  12. You are right Anita! Why can't people just TRUST you? Your home is beautiful, they should know by now that all of your ideas are Winners! Fantastic! And I love that you always step out of the box!
    XO Cindy

  13. I would never in a million years have thought of the gray, and I think it is the perfect choice. I can't wait for my mom to see this. She always comments to me about the stuff you do. She's contemplating a trim change in her home right now.

    Lovely, Anita.
    Have I told you lately how much I love your home?

  14. I love the color, Anita! I admit it wouldn't be something I'd think of off the top of my head, but it really looks great.

  15. Love, love, love your new trim color! Great choice of color. It gives your room a more old world look.

  16. Ooh, pretty trim! Can't wait to see it all finished! Girl, you for good taste. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  17. Anita, I love the new gray color on the trim. Really warms the room up more. Thanks for sharing at Wow.