We did it! We finally painted the ceiling… twice.
Our skimcoat guy never came through (womp womp) so our ceiling was left with a LOT of imperfections.
I painted the ceiling white thinking maybe if it’s all one color it won’t be noticeable. I was lying to myself. I have spent countless hours studying design. I know quite a bit about paint and color theory, and I know that a white ceiling will show imperfections. I KNOW this. And I did it anyway.
Once the paint dried it looked awful, and I hated it. I called Patrick, and told him we were going to have to paint the ceiling black. He came home, saw the dried paint, told me it looked terrible, and told me to paint it. So I did… again.
Here’s the thing. Light paint colors, and gloss finishes show imperfections like crazy. If you are painting an imperfect surface dark colors, and matte finishes are your friends. Think of dark colors and matte finishes like your favorite dark-wash jeans. They hide everything. Come on over to the dark side with me.
The ceiling was a nightmare to paint. The bulk of it is the wall color, Temptation by Benjamin Moore. We were using the Aura line, and usually it covers in one coat… Usually. Unfortunately for us, we were covering flat ceiling paint, which you may or may not know, has a tendency to suck the paint through; so a second coat was necessary. Joy.
The ceiling medallion, and ceiling molding were also painted Temptation by Benjamin Moore, but in a semi-gloss to bounce light and make the details pop out a bit.
On the ceiling on the outside of the moldings we just used ceiling paint. Plain Jane ceiling paint… patent pending.
The crown also got painted Chantilly Lace (the same color as the baseboards) by Benjamin Moore… I’m never painting again.
This week a lot of the furniture came in. We ordered the Aberdeen Bed by Pottery Barn, and it came in yesterday. I don’t have enough good things to say about this bed. It’s so pretty, and pays homage to classic silhouettes in a modern way. It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a footboard, and I know it seems like a silly thing to be excited about, but I am ecstatic over having a footboard.
We also ordered two of the Terrace Nightstands from West Elm. I was a little nervous buying these having an almost five-year-old son, but I’ve been eyeballing them hard for over a year, and had a code for 20% off, so I decided to take the plunge. I am SO glad I did. They are so beautiful. Because of how dark the paint is we needed nightstands that didn’t have a lot of visual weight. These fit the bill to a T!
The wall mount for the TV came in too. Yes, we’re mounting a TV. Yes, I’d rather be hanging a beautiful piece of art, but marriage is all about compromise y’all, and if I can have my gorgeous nightstands, then he can have a TV. And let’s be real… Netflix and chill is the greatest ever (and by Netflix and chill I mean Netflix and “Leave me alone”).
All in all, it’s coming together. Until next time…