The chocolate brown accent wall is absolutely fabulous! The soft grey walls are very subtle, I was worried they’d be too dark but once I got the color up it was almost too light! But once I painted the baseboards white I was pretty pleased with it.
Another huge update is the fireplace. Before it was grainy oak, with a shiny brass and glass screen. I painted the woodwork white and removed the screen. After I scrubbed 25 years of ash and soot off the interior of the fireplace, I painted it black inside with high heat paint. We don’t use this fireplace, so there’s no need for a screen, but if it ever does get used again the high-heat black paint is safe for burning.
I’m far from done, you’ll see that I have no artwork on the walls, the window trim isn’t painted white yet, and I want to paint the sideboard. Then I’ll be spiffing it up with throw pillows and new blinds… whoo hoo, welcome to this century!
Let’s take a look at the stuck-in-the-80’s house pics before: