Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bring on the drop clothes and rollers

We are taking on our very first new-home-owners DIY task this weekend: painting the basement.

(dun dun dunnnnnnn....)

The basement in our house consists of a guest room, unfinished laundry room, one full bath, and then a large open room. For the previous owners, it was a playroom, and it's painted a lovely shade of sky blue. For us, it is not a playroom (for now) - or at least not a playroom for children! It's going to be C's "man cave" area (although I really kind of hate that term, because I will enjoy the area just as much), where all the sports memorabilia will go, as well as a TV, the kegerator, pool table, etc. It'll be a lovely rec room when we're finished, I'm sure - but first, that sky blue has got to go!

I'm kind of excited about painting. I know it's something that many people find daunting, but I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my parents always let us pick whatever color we wanted for our bedrooms, and we could change the color every couple of years, with the requirement that we help with the painting. I'm pretty much an old pro :)

However, there is a key piece of this process missing - I haven't picked a color! Kind of important, I guess. I'm leaning towards some sort of gray, which I think would make a nice neutral background for the variety of sports colors that will be in the room.

Here are some examples of what I'm thinking:

L-R: Pediment, Urban Putty, Alpaca, & Roycroft Mist Gray (All by Sherwin Williams)

Now that I'm looking again, though, none of this really look like the gray that I want... Bah. I have a feeling this is going to be a spur-of-the-moment decision, while we are standing in Lowe's!

Any suggestions for a good gray paint to use? All recommendations welcome...

1 comment :

Lisa said...

I think the rec room should be painted a nice off-white with maroon and orange stripes. :)