I'm back today with another update on my living room tweak to do list! A few weeks ago, I asked all of you to help solve a dilemma in our house about the plantation shutters in our living room. Our gorgeous plantation shutters were painted just like all of the trim in our house- a dingy, yellowy off-white. As you know, we've been updating all of the trim throughout our house by painting it a bright, crisp white. But painting plantation shutters just isn't quite as easy. Also, there's not a ton of light in our living room in the latter part of the day... no sunlight + dingy colors = not so hot plantation shutters. So I voted that we get rid of them altogether and throw up new window treatments. My sweet hubs, on the other hand, voted to keep them.
And what did ya'll vote? About 40% of you voted to keep them and about 60% of you voted to get rid of them... but hang on to them just in case I changed my mind.
So what did we do?
I couldn't get rid of the shutters without giving them a second chance... with a new coat of white paint!
(Unfortunately my pictures in this post are not exactly rockstar quality... this time of year, when the sun rises after I leave for work and sets before I get home, full sunlight pictures are hard to come by!)
I think it was this picture from Pinterest that sold me.
Who wouldn't want to keep beautimousness like that in their home?
Ok, so if we decided to keep the shutters, we knew we had to paint them. We've been pricing paint sprayers for awhile, so it was time to finally take the plunge. We purchased this Wagner sprayer from Home Depot, as it came highly recommended from our paint guys at HD (yes, we're friends with them by now). We set up a paint camp on our back deck and my bada$* hubs took on the role of painter.
Because we were pretty sure the shutters had been painted previously with an oil based paint, we decided to play it safe and spray two coats of oil-based primer (I love Zinsser) first. Once those dried (overnight), David sprayed on only one coat of our latex trim color. His review was that the actual painting was pretty easy, but cleaning the machine (especially post oil-based paint) was a little difficult.
But boy is it worth it... the sprayer gave us some amazing results! It's crazy looking at the yellowy shutters next to the painted white shutters, isn't it? Aw, my little painter is so cute.
Now for the fun part... the before and afters!
I know the lighting is so bad in these shots, so I pulled a photog no-no and took one shot with a flash. Maybe it will give you a slightly better perspective of the new white color?
I finally finished painting the trim around the front door, too. Our entry has come a long way....
We even got a little street makeover with this project, since the front side of the house benefitted from the fresh new white. Check out how bad the yellowy shutters looked peeking through last fall.
And now... so fresh and so clean!
I promise some better pictures once things come together in the room!
Oh and before I forget... one other piece of furniture got a tiny makeover with some fresh white paint.
I think it's really coming together in here! I'm crossing things off my list, left and right!
LIVING ROOM TO DO LIST: