Paint preview 

The sun is finally shining at the Off Center Revival!


Almost two weeks of rain slowed down the drywall process a bit (the mud was SLOOOOOW to dry) but, overall, things are moving along.

With walls finished, the interior painting has begun…

And let me tell you, this house is taking a LOT of paint.

Sherwin Williams has basically been my second home lately. I’m not sure if they’re sick of me or just happy to see dollar signs when I walk in the door (I lost count of paint & primer purchases at about the 50 gallon mark…).

So far, they’ve sprayed all the primer and have painted all the ceilings and most of the brick that will be painted. Today, they starting spraying/rolling the walls. Here’s a little sneak peak of where things were this afternoon.

Living room and dining rooms ceilings and walls are the same color – a light gray/greige. Although you can’t see it here, I really like the way it looks against the wood trim.

Dining room looking into the kitchen. Paint is still wet so looks a little streaky.

The kitchen walls are a creamy white. I sort of love the rustic-y vibe of the brick with just two coats, so I think we’ll keep it like this. Is rustic-y a word?

Downstairs bathroom, which is notoriously difficult to photograph. Here you can see the exposed brick against the smoky gray walls and ceiling, Once we have the marble-look tile on the wall and brass fixtures, this tiny bathroom may end up being my favorite room.

The boys’ bathroom with more rustic-y painted brick. The shower enclosure will be trimmed out with white subway tile.

Master bedroom. The ceiling is a sandy linen color, the brick will remain exposed, and this wall will be a dark slate blue-gray.

I don’t want to jinx us, but things should really start moving along in the next few weeks. Painters should be done (or nearly done) by Monday. The trim carpenter has started his work, and early next week the cabinets will be set, light fixtures installed, and dining room floor laid. And we have another crew working on the outside, painting the garage and fixing some gutter issues. Front porch and trim work should begin in the next week or two.

Stay tuned!

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Fifty shades of greige

Last week was our last “big” meeting with the designer. We will likely consult with her on a few design elements (furniture, window treatments, etc) around move-in time. But her work is (mostly) done as we made our final finish selections last week.

It’s really kind of exciting…

Here’s a little peek at our overall palette (paint color, tile, and countertops):

Almost all of our paint colors (with the exception of the kitchen cabinets, which will be light gray – “Coventry Gray” to be exact), laid on top of a faux-marble wall tile.

Paint colors with some floor tile (top) and wall tile (bottom).

Are you noticing the gray on greige on gray theme here?

Tile boards with all of our tile selections and paint chips.

So while the final paint and tile selection process is super-exciting, I’ve also been feeling super-frustrated. We still don’t have walls.  At least not the drywall ones. I swear to god, we’ve been thinking we were “a few weeks from walls” since December. But every time we think we’re this close…we find out there’s just one more thing we have to do before sheetrock.

And then the sheetrock guy we had lined up to start this week bailed on us just today (a renovation like the Off Center Revival isn’t for everyone…including this guy as it turns out). After some momentary panic, we were able to lock in our back-up sheetrock guy (who was actually our first-choice sheetrock guy, but we were trying to save a few thousand bucks…should’ve known better). Back-up first-choice sheetrock guy says he can get his crew up here and started on Monday (a week from tomorrow). Original sheetrock guy was supposed to start Thursday. So we won’t lose much time.

History would tell me that “walls next Monday” actually means “walls in June.” But I decided to be an optimist and assume that we really *will* have walls next Monday. So I’ve been working on some panoramic shots of the naked rooms for some last major “before” pics.

Because, you guys…I feel like the pics that come after that will finally start to fall into the “after” category.

I’ll have a post with those shots, as well as our overall vision for each room, in the next few days.

Stay tuned!