When we decided to move, I had a couple things in mind. I wanted a home we could be more playful with. Our last house was a little stuffy and stiff and didn’t allow for much fun. I suppose we could have gone a little worldly “fun”, or perhaps eclectic more than we did, but the bottom line was, it’s an English tudor with massive rooms and it could look circus-y very easily. I tried with all my might to make it light and bright and fun and it felt that way as much as it possibly could.
Fast forward to our cute little Nashville cottage. When we bought this home in March, all I could think is “I want to play!”. We have a young child, and a casual house, so why not? At the end of the day, most of the “whimsy” is just paint, and for now I want happy all around me and my family, so naturally we started with Atlas’ room and then the second most used room in the house, the mudroom. Here is what is looked like the last time we did a home tour (or check out a bunch of pics here):
After the blue-be-gone happy dance, the room looked nice and crisp and ready for spots.
It didn’t take very many tools to accomplish our goal fully.
And today, with the power of a good paint job:
We picked the mudroom because it’s such an active place in our home. We use it as our main entrance and exit, as a pass-trough to bring in our bikes, red wagon, stroller, and drop point for bags. Umbrellas dry in this room, and shoes are flub on and off. It’s truly a mudroom, and it constantly needs to be cleaned. Olympic Paint and Good Housekeeping asked us to see if Olympic One Interior Paint was #uptothetest. We had visited New York and I got to tour the Good Housekeeping facility first hand, so I was pretty confident straightaway that if they say we can scrub and clean this paint and it’s going to last, then it’s going to last. With that confidence, we (and by “we”, I mean Joey) took on the painful task of meticulously stenciling spots on the walls in hopes this room could handle the rough and tumble coming to it. “It’s backed by Good Housekeeping”, I kept telling myself. “It’s going to look good next week and next year” I promised Joey.
Let me just state that about 1/2 the spots on the wall had to be hand corrected with a tiny paint brush because apparently stenciling isn’t our strong point when the pattern is this small. The much larger one we did in our old house was way easier. Just sayin’.
As for the paint, we used Delicate White in Eggshell and Black Magic in Satin for the spots to allow for a high contrast look. Don’t ask me why we did too finishes, it was more of a curiosity on our part to see if there was an obvious difference. There was not. I was scared it would be too high contrast, but am over the moon with the results. If you come here often, you may remember we were originally going to do this to our dining room, but I chickened out. I am kind of bummed I did. Instead, we used Snowy Mount from Olympic One, which is a little more of a “colorful” white.
In Atlas’ room, we used Horseradish from Olympic One Interior Paint. It’s an awesome white that really plays well with the blue curtains, and doesn’t give that “icy” effect. We’ll be doing a where-are-we-now post on his room very very soon. We are really trusting this paint in the rooms that get hit the most with activity.
I have to give the Olympic One paint and primer combo of this paint a thumbs up so far. It did a fantastic job of:
- covering up blue paint with little effort
- covering up beige paint with little effort
- covers up spackle great (did you notice the dining room is sans chair rail?!)
We are so pleased with how the mudroom looks, and with a few minor things left to do, we can soon celebrate the completion of another room. Here is what the to-do list is looking like right now:
- change the knobs on the sideboard.
- swap out the ceiling light
- to add art // to not add art
- a place for shoes, where I can’t see them (and the baby can’t touch them)
- change window dressing
We are so excited about this partnership and can’t wait to show you what we honestly think! We have been sponsored by Good Housekeeping and Olympic Paint, and promise to continue to be honest about reviews in our posts.