There’s No “I” In Revere

We didn’t know how many of you guys would be dropping by today with the holiday and all, but we’ve had a sudden burst of indoor activity thanks to rain, rain, and more rain.

Last week we hoped that this post could be a full monty tiled and grouted sunroom reveal, but although we got the tile laid (and even had a chance to rub our faces on it between storms) we haven’t been able to grout it yet. Turns out we need to give it at least three rain-free days to dry out before attempting to grout. So yeah, maybe we’ll have it done by next week. Sigh.

But because we were trapped inside for the last few days, we did make some other progress – like tackling the job of painting our recently de-carpeted master bath & closet. First up was painting the cream trim white (we went with Simply White in semi-gloss, just like the trim in the rest of the house).

Part of me hates to downplay the time that task took by sharing one measly before & after picture to cover that step. It took one coat of primer and two coats of paint (all applied with a brush) and both Sherry and I got in on the action. I primed since that’s not VOC-free like the painting part, and then when that coat dried we both worked our way around the room’s copious doorways and little areas of baseboard with the paint. Then the cutting in part of the wall-painting process came along and made the trim-work look like child’s play. So. Many. Angles.

Please allow me to demonstrate with the panoramic function on my iPhone.

I’m not usually one to complain about painting (except for painting ceilings, in which case I will whine for days) but painting walls is usually “the fun part” for us. However (here comes the BUT!) I think whenever you go into any project thinking “this’ll be fast and easy” it’s a slippery slope. And after 6+ years of DIYing we should have know better, so it’s no ones fault but our own. But this was totally one of those tiny areas (seriously, the whole thing is probably around 80 square feet) that had us feeling cocky and saying “let’s just bang this out in an hour or two” and it ended up taking a few 2-hour installments over a couple of days. Womp-womp. But it’s done! Praise those sweet, unpredictable DIY Gods, it’s done.

The color we chose was Revere Pewter, which Sherry says pops up on Pinterest as a lot of people’s favorite light-to-mid-toned color. Her brain also refuses to read it as “Revere Pewter” so she can’t stop calling it “Reverie Pewter” – even when the guy at the paint desk is like “Oh, you mean Revere.”

You might remember that we tossed out this “Percolating In Progress” post with a few first thoughts on paint colors right after we moved in. For the master bathroom and our walk in closet we wanted something somewhat light (there aren’t any windows in either of those spaces) but not too light that it washed out things like the white trim, white mirror, and the white shelving in the closet. At first we debated Pismo Dunes and Gray Owl (both below) but we ended up liking the Revere Pewter swatch better, which is sort of a combination of both of them. It’s almost like a darker tone of Edgecomb Gray (less brown than Pismo Dunes and a little richer and less gray than Gray Owl).

We really liked the way it dried. Taupe-y in some lights (like this shot). Gray-ish in others (like the one below this one). It changes throughout the day, and works really nicely with the deep faded blue-gray color (Black Pepper) in our bedroom.

The rolling was pretty easy by comparison to the edging. Oh and we chose to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls in here. We’ve learned in small spaces it actually makes the room feel less cramped when the ceiling and the walls are the same tone (assuming it’s not too dark of a color) since it just makes an angular/choppy/cramped space feel less broken up and boxed in.

And just like the other rooms we’ve painted, after all the paint was dry, I used this as an opportunity to switch out all of the light switches and outlets from the old cream versions to clean white ones. This photo is a bit darker (hello black hole closet) because I had the power off, but it actually demonstrates how the wall color sort of chameleons itself in different lighting situations.

Even with the lights on, the darker color on the walls is a nice backdrop to help show off the mirror’s shape (and all of that trim that we painted pops nicely too).

We still have a ton of other things to attend to in here, but here’s a little side-by-side comparison of where we started (well, once carpet was up) to where we are now.

With the walls painted, we can now get jiggy with the floor (I don’t think I’m using that right) which is the part we’re most excited for because, well, it’s the most unattractive at the moment. And since the sunroom grout situation is still looking a little bleak (throw us a bone, Mother Nature!) all signs are pointing towards this floor getting done before we can finish the tile-job outside.

Oh, and just as we predicted in this post about our master bathroom plans (where you can also read more about why we’re down with painting this floor, how we’d like to add shelves to the vanity to balance it out, etc) we changed our minds again. After some more percolating, we worried that staining the vanity a dark blue color might not work very well with our yellow-ish sinktop, and we also thought we could have a lot more fun with the floor than going all-one-color with it…

… so now we’re thinking that a two-toned stencil on the floor and a more subdued color on the vanity might play better with the sinktop tone without robbing the room of any excitement (instead of adding interest to the vanity we’ll just shift the attention to the floor). Sort of like how a darker tone on the vanity in our half bathroom downstairs neutralized the same yellow-toned sink – and then we can add art and accessories for more color, interest, and to balance things out so the room makes sense in real life (photoshopped renderings aren’t always the perfect real-life representation).

So that’s where we are in the master bathroom. We’re around halfway done after getting to check off:

  • carpet removal
  • mirror painting & hanging (more on both of those steps here)
  • painting the trim
  • painting the walls
  • replacing all of the outlets/light switches

So we just have the vanity and the floors (along with re-adding the light above the sink) to attend to before we can declare that this interim update is done-zo. It never fails to amaze us how much a few days of work and some paint (along with small updates like a new mirror, some shelves, and some carpet removal) can change a space so much. So here’s hoping we have some after photos in a few weeks. Sherry’s trying to convince me that adding some more shelves and cubbies to the walk-in closet could be nice while we’re at it. I guess you never really know where one update might lead. You know what they say, if you give a mouse a house a cookie…


  1. says

    Speaking of giving a mouse or a house a cookie, I finished up the edible (cookie) fall garland this weekend..

    Just in time for a let’s-chain-saw-the-back-yard festival.

    Silly (but serious) question, is there ever a “true” day off for those who work from home? We’ve decided to implement Rest Hours (a la Family Nap Time) but I’m not sure how successful that concept will be.

    • says

      That’s a smart concept! We try to take a Sunday off every once in a while and just rest, do fun family stuff, and even go out with friends or see a movie or something if we can. Definitely gets you recharged again I think! And I love your fall garland!


  2. Allyn says

    I’ve been in a quandary trying to decide on a paint color for my master bedroom . . . and I think Revere Pewter might be the one! I like the way it changes color with the light . . . looks really good!

  3. says

    Ooh, thanks for the sneak peak of the tile! It looks great so far.

    Yes, it’s funny what happens when you do one little thing and it snowballs….Every time I get near our pantry and start taking things out of the cabinets my husband gets nervous….

  4. AshleyM says

    Love the idea of the stenciled floor!!

    Question. Have you considered taking off the trim pieces from the vanity top the way you did in the last house? I don’t know what kind of material you are working with this time around, but it might help the area feel more updated!

    As always, you guys are wonderful! Enjoy Columbus Day!

    • says

      Sadly the top and the back piece are all one piece (sort of a curved slab instead of an add-on piece) so while I could take off the side pieces, since the back piece is stuck on there I’m not sure if I’ll attempt it. Although I can’t wait until our true bathroom remodel in a year or two when we get to knock down that wall that separates one tiny sink from this one and actually have a double sink going on!


  5. says

    I’m sure all that cutting-in was so tedious, but the new paint makes such a difference! I like that you chose Revere Gray. We used a similar gray-taupe-constantly-changing neutral color in our living room, office, and bedroom called Herbal Escape. It warms up the rooms without being too distracting. Nice job!

  6. Valerie says

    I just recently painted my living room, kitchen, and baby girl’s nursery this color, and I love it! It looks great in your space, too. Pinterest tells no lies!

  7. says

    Dang you, Petersiks! lol… I was SO set on Revere Pewter and at the last minute I worried it was too beige so I went with Gray Horse for the ENTIRE main floor. (It’s one darker on the Moonshine strip).

    But your walls look BEAUTIFUL! I actually find that my walls now look blue in many lights, go figure.

    Oh well, live and learn – the house is coming along splendidly, great job!

  8. Stacey says

    It’s such a bummer when the weather gets in the way! We had a wet weekend too which literally put a damper on my spray-painting.

    Love the new wall colour, though. I’m tending towards shades of a similar gray throughout our house.

  9. Mandi says

    I. Love. This. The color is beautiful on the walls and I’m so excited to see what pattern you come up with for the floors. I’ll admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the blue vanity concept. I’m really excited to see how this all turns out. :)

  10. says

    What a difference some paint makes! I love these bathroom updates because we’re dealing with the same “yellowish” bathroom countertops, with dark oak cabinets & dark oak trim. I’m loving the neutralizing grey/taupe shade you chose. We also framed out our (builder’s basic) mirror with white trim and painted the walls White Dove because we also had to deal with an interesting bathroom tile that combined the two shades of creamy white/yellowish-beige & beige fixtures. I’m still feeling that we could do something more in there, so once everything else is finished and the pain of renovation fades from hubby’s mind (hoping its like how we forget the pain of childbirth), I’ll show him this post & suggest the same changes! ;0)

  11. Susan M says

    I just get a kick out of the “Before” pic with that weird 1/2 mirror…it looks so much better already, and I love the idea of the stenciled floor! Can’t wait to see the outside once it’s completed…it looks great already!

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