3/10/2017 at 3:53 PM

Amazing! I definitely know how you feel with the "things are taking forever" emotions. My husband and I are currently in that stage. I can't wait to get the satisfaction of painting. You are SO right, it is both the quickest and most impactful way to make a room seem updated!


I'm so glad we're not alone! Best of luck with your project and I hope you get to dust off your paint brush very soon.Alt smile

3/10/2017 at 4:25 PM

I didn't even have to wait for the "after" pictures to know that it would look great! I happen to have agreeable gray on my living room, hallway and kitchen walls, and I have similarly treated wood floors in my 1860s shotgun house on Capitol Hill. I am excited to see how this room (and the house as a whole) come together. Thanks for sharing.


:) Thanks, CM! We're thinking about using this color throughout a lot of the house, just like you have. It's such a nice, warm but neutral backdrop for a room's design.

3/10/2017 at 5:32 PM

What a huge leap in progress! Very nice color selections. I can't imagine the room all furnished; just the entry light even added so much to it. You guys are going to be so ready for "the season." And I'm with Lulu on grabbing that sunny spot ;) [also thanks for more frequent posts]


Thanks so much, SH! The transformation and the natural light in the room is incredible (Lulu's one smart lady), and is really helping us feel excited about what's to come. And being ready for "the season" is definitely something driving us to push well into the wee hours.

3/11/2017 at 9:51 AM

Beautiful!!! Can feel all your hard work and pride in your post. Is that the Ballard Designs light fixture?


Thanks, Margie! It's been a long road but we finally feel like we're nearing our destination.Alt smile And yes, that's the Ballard Designs fixture. If I lived in Cincinnati, I think I'd be there several times a month. What a great resource (and thanks for introducing us to it)!

3/11/2017 at 10:44 AM

This post was so spot on! I was nodding my head the whole time reading it. I love seeing Lulu pop up in some of the photos too, I'm sure she loves her new living room.Alt smile


Thanks, Emelia! Lulu does love this room and its sunny spots, especially now that the air compressor is safely stored away. The crown molding phase wasn't her favorite part of the process. (Nor ours, for that matter!)

3/11/2017 at 2:32 PM

Thanks for your honest reflections. Sometimes, some folks make projects seem super easy, with no regrets or worries. It's not that I like to hear of failures, but it is good to know that failures happen to everyone and how you recover is part of the learning curve. Your room is huge, lots of hard work, BUT what great results! Bravo!


I really appreciate you comment, Susan. I'm glad "the struggle" is evident in our posts. ;) DIY renovations aren't what television and some blogs make them seem, and while we want to encourage folks to tackle projects themselves, we also want to keep it real.

3/12/2017 at 7:53 AM

I'm sure the high gloss trim on the new shiplap and crown looks amazing, but how does it look on the original molding? I know you stripped your old town home's molding, so bumps have bothered you in the past.


That's an excellent question, Susan, and something he and I discussed at length before moving forward. Luckily in this house the molding is in better shape, but we did address some of the rougher or damaged areas by replacing sections with new (milled to match the old), patching with wood filler, scraping any peeling paint, and sanding. Even though he didn't strip it, Alex spent a significant amount of time on prep. We're really happy with the results in that they look beautiful, but there's still some character that shows the home's age and the fact that original details remain.

3/12/2017 at 1:31 PM

Beautiful! Another step closer to having your house a place to play, rather than work.

3/29/2017 at 11:35 PM

That picture cracks me up - Feet in the sink, head in the cupboards! Been there!

Love what you're doing with the place, and thankful for the detail and story you share with usAlt smile

7/12/2017 at 12:20 AM

Looks great and nice write up. I so identify with 20s vs near 40 and all of the other things that demand your time.

Mostly for my comment - (so much i identify with) Sonos is not a contructiom radio! Alt smile Something I know inimately... Sonos is awesome and sonos feels beefy and your careful etc but one of ours (a play 5) failed to survive being moved around as it sadly simply stopped working and required a costly exchange post warranty - may not be related as i was so gentle but truth is it was moved room to room and replugged and was on the floor.. and it quit.

11/7/2017 at 11:37 AM your room! Do you feel that this color is more gray or beige? I am wanting a greige with more of a beige tint than gray. I rambled on that one...but maybe you understand what I meanAlt smile Tona in Bama

3/5/2018 at 11:18 AM

Looks great!! I selected Agreeable Gray for my first floor and we are so happy with it! It's very calming. Lulu is such a cutie!!!

Jennifer Smith
1/22/2019 at 7:37 PM

Beautiful! Love the post. I’m having a hard time deciding on paint for my living room and hall but was leaning towards agreeable grey. I came across your post and also like the color on the walls of your office. Could you tell me what that color is?

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