Paint: Updating Your Home On A Budget


Without Busting Your Bank Account…

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. The ideas of how we want to update our homes are limitless, however, what isn’t limitless is our budgets. I remember when my husband and I first purchased our new home both sets of our parents told us a homeowner’s work is never done, starry-eyed, besotted with our own space and thrilled at finally being on our own we allowed this piece of foreshadowing advice to go in one ear and out the other, moving in though was another story entirely we realized our parents were on to something.
Our home is not extravagant by any means it was built in the 1950’s ( a modest ranch) in what was once a fisherman’s town on the Jersey Shore. Through the years our home was owned, rented and generally neglected by those who lived there prior to us. To make a long story short, our home needs a lot of updating (it’s livable) and love. I will say this paint is the great makeover! Here’s the before picture (old pic when the former owners still lived there) pano. I want you to get an idea of what we were working with: walls were originally a yellow and orange (the previous people had a southwest looking theme to it) wooden unpainted trim and of course porcelain cactus outlet covers. This is a BEFORE picture for those of you who haven’t seen my house.

Before Picture

To brighten up the room and give it some character we did the walls in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. This color has been called the new beige because it’s so versatile and I highly recommend it. We also painted the trimming white, got matching outlet covers and light switches both in white. We still need curtains (my Mother has a lovely pair she got from JC Penney’s that match very well) but the overall effect is quite pleasing. It’s crisper, cleaner and makes the room look bigger with the white ceiling concept.

After Picture

If you have any painting tips you wish to share that I did not cover, please leave a comment below and tell me what I might have missed.

Happy Easter and Home Decorating!

Love you. Mean it.



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