Some (relatively) quick fixes

So when I bought the house, there were TONS of track lighting. HOT track lighting (and not in a good kind of way) with halogens. Track lighting in the living room and in the hallway. So I decided to take them down (after I painted the hall) and as I removed them, I decided to take down the popcorn too. 

Yes so that is how it all began. Here are some of the before and after pics. 

LESSONS LEARNED:

1. Do not paint walls before depopcorning. 

2. Not all ceiling paints in white is really white. I’ve found Benjamin Moore – Waterborne paint and that is a beautiful, brilliant white. (Thanks Sanders!)

3. Have caulk handy just in case (I’ve been putting a bead of it at the joint where the ceiling and walls meet.

4. Prime the ceiling with some sand for texture and make DAMN SURE it is fully dry before putting on the BM paint. 

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Before and after – living room lighting

Fast forward a little to the current look of the living room. I took down the dreaded track lighting. They were really HOT and so dated. 

I’ll need to post updated photos of the dining room this weekend since I now have a table but you have a sneak peek of it with the other pic. 

Eventually I’ll update the couch to a more modern one. 

Adding some color to the living room

One of the first things I did was hang this up and this became my inspiration to use colors that had shades of grey in it. 

So I visited Benjamin Moore and ended up using Flora. I also got a 50% less intensity of the shade to use on the non-vaulted walls as well as the hallway

My 8 foot ladder came in handy as I painted my vaulted ceiling.