Updated: Aug 17, 2022
It happened!! I fell in love with something that I had previously BEGGED the builder to change during the building process. Nope, its not the dark kitchen cabinets…. or the stair railing…
It’s the wall paint color!!!! During the building process I was so disappointed when they wouldn’t let me pick the paint color. I almost cried at some points because they were going to spray every wall surface in the home before installing flooring and I just wanted them to do a color of my choice. They had a very small selection of Sherwin Williams paint colors you could choose from and none were what I wanted… So i thought. 😉
They painted the walls Alabaster and we had every intention of painting each room bright white Chantilly Lace by BM, the same color we had in our previous home, after moving in. But as the days went on in the new house…. I FELL IN LOVE! There was just one issue…
I realized that I loved the warmth that Alabaster brought to our home. The only thing I didn’t love was the contrast between the warmth of Alabaster and the stark white (extra white) of the trim. Pictured above is the before… Alabaster walls, extra white trim and stained quarter round.
I sent Brett to Sherwin Williams to grab a quart of Alabaster in gloss! I started taping off the floor and painting the baseboards the same color as the walls. It was like MAGIC!!! I am so happy I could cry! It erased the weird contrast that sometimes made Alabaster look yellow and now the walls and trim just looked like a beautiful creamy white!
I plan to slowly work my way around the house painting the baseboards and quarter round. It is making such a huge impact that I think it will keep me motivated to keep going. This does mean that we will have to paint all of our interior doors since they are also Extra White. I think I may do them a warm griege color – but stay tuned for that 😉
The builders chose to install wood stained quarter round in our home and we knew we eventually wanted to paint it white so I will be killing two birds with one stone. It is going to take some time, but it will be WAY more affordable than having our entire interior painted. I am so happy because I truly love the color even more than the stark white walls I thought I wanted!