Farmhouse Living Room // Picking Paint


We finally started work on our living room makeover this weekend!  It’s a space that I’ve been excited to tackle but didn’t want to start until I knew that our custom sofa was on its way.  So after receiving an email from Interior Define that our sofa would arrive later this week, we cleared the room of toys and painted.

In truth, I’ve been going back and forth on the living room paint color for a good two months now.  You’d think that after five home renovations, I’d be more decisive about color, but alas, I find it a unique challenge in every home and every new lighting scenario.

I’ve always imagined a light wall color in our farmhouse living room – both to keep the space feeling airy as well as highlight the wood trim and blue velvet sofa that will anchor the room (I can’t wait until it arrives!!!) – but I couldn’t decide between white or a light neutral.  All of the upstairs bedrooms are painted Simply White, and while I love the color in those spaces, I found myself contemplating whether the living room couldn’t use a cozier color.

My paint color indecisiveness was spurred on by these two inspiration images.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Living Rm Paint Options

1. Sam Allen | 2. Park and Oak Design

Such lovely living rooms, right?!  I should note that while I don’t know the exact paint color used in the rooms, the top paint sample is BM Revere Pewter and the lower sample is BM Simply White.

In the end, Garrett voted for a wall color other than white (and deep down I was leaning that way too).  So decision made.  My first inclination was to use Balboa Mist on the walls, a color I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months, but after sampling it in the space, it felt darker and colder than I wanted.  So I went with my go-to warm grey – Revere Pewter at 50% tint.  I used this color at the Ravenna House, and loved it.

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After painting the Farmhouse living room walls last weekend, I have to say that I still love Revere Pewter (at 50% tint) as much as I did three years ago.

The Grit and Polish - Living Room PaintThe Grit and Polish - Living Room Paint 2

The lighting in those photos is awful (we finished painting yesterday evening), but hopefully you get a feel for the color.  In case you’re wondering, the walls above the picture railing as well as the ceilings are painted with a flat ceiling paint tinted in Simply White.  I am really digging the look of the white over the Revere Pewter on the walls.

Next up, we’re ripping out the carpets.  Fingers crossed that the hardwood floors underneath don’t need to be refinished like the upstairs floors did.  Wish us luck!



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What’s going on at the Farmhouse // A list of projects


We’ve started a lot of projects at the farmhouse since moving in this past July (many more than we’ve finished…), so today I wanted to recap them.  I mentioned before that we’re taking our Farmhouse renovation slowly.  We’re going from room to room and working on those spaces as inspiration or necessity strikes.  Besides the One Room Challenge, we’re not on any prescribed timeline, so we’re working on rooms as I find pieces, inspiration, and time.  It’s hard to live in a house that’s only partially furnished, but I think that houses evolve best over time, so we’re giving ourselves the luxury of time with this house renovation.

Here are the spaces that we’ve started at the Farmhouse:

Brooks’ Nursery – this was the first space we started, but it got put on the back burner when we started the One Room Challenge.  Brooks sleeps comfortably in the wallpapered crib nook already, so there’s no huge rush to work on it anymore, but I’m still trying to source drapes and bring more color in here.  I don’t want to spend much money decorating this room because it’s just a temporary stop for Brooks (he’ll eventually move in with Wilder), but I still want it to be a comfy space for him and overflow guests.  Here’s what the room looked like before we refinished the hardwood floors.  You can read more on this room here.


Wilder’s Room – I haven’t shared much about this room on the blog yet, but I will soon (ish).  The room is not done – I have plans for an accent color and more storage in here (Wilder has grown into quite the collector of EVERYTHING) – but this is what Wilder’s space looks like now.


Master Bedroom – we completed this room last month for the One Room Challenge, and it’s nice to have one space done…at least for now.  I still dream about a fireplace in here, so that will likely happen when we find the right antique fireplace surround, but no rush.


Living Room – I showed you guys the couch we ordered for this room on Tuesday.  We’ll start tackling this room after the couch arrives, but I still need to find chairs and storage.  To say I’m looking forward to having a comfortable and beautiful room on the main floor, is a huge understatement!

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Living Rm Windows

Office – so this isn’t a room that we’ve started…yet.  But both Garrett and I are ready to have a workspace at the Farmhouse so we’ll probably pull up carpets and start to work on this space early next year.  I’m imagining a darker paint color, a large table with rolling drawers underneath, and a small area of art supplies for kids who inevitably sneak in.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Before Office

Besides all of these rooms at the Farmhouse, we have a couple of projects going on outside of the Farmhouse, including one really exciting renovation slated for next year.  I’m excited to share more about these other projects when the time is right, but for now, let me just say that 2017 is going to be a busy year!



p.s. We’re trying to up our holiday story time around here, so I’m on the hunt for more Christmas stories.  Any that you would recommend?!

p.p.s. Something about this Brooklyn apartment seems so nostalgic and sweet.  I’m not usually one to embrace decor themes like this family did, but it totally works here!

p.p.p.s. Our due date to find a new planet for humanity to call home.  This is not good news.

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