N Potomac St.

Guys, these transformations never get old!  Anyone else love a good before and after story?  I’m sharing our latest project, a whole house renovation in the Patterson Park neighborhood of Baltimore city.  What this house lacks in square footage it has in charm!  The exterior is gorgeous – we had to remove the awnings, take down the form stone, the brick underneath was repointed, we replaced the windows, replaced the door and painted it Bold Blue by Benjamin Moore, updated the light fixture and repaired the corbel.  See before and after pics:

The rest of the house was transformed as well, hardwood floors refinished, more brick repointed, new stairs and railings, drywall, light fixtures, new interior windows, new kitchen, granite counters, new bathrooms (3 full baths).  Check out all the before and after pics here side by side so you get a real feel for the transformed spaces:

Since this wasn’t a large house I used the same paint color through-out, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams and trim is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.  Floor stain is dark walnut.  Here are some bathroom pictures:

Ready to tackle the next project, thanks for stopping by!

Paint

I’ve had a few questions lately on my paint color choices so I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite colors for you.  Generally, I lean towards Benjamin Moore because they have such an extensive selection and I happen to love all the blue/green/grays (in a way that makes it harder to just choose one).  These colors are considered the new neutral because they work so well with all tones of wood and many fabrics and accent colors.  So here you go, some of my favorites:

Coventry Gray HC-169

I love this deep shade of gray, for a house that has a lot of light it looks rich and gorgeous without being too dark.  If you have less light, I would go up a shade to Stonington Gray Gray HC-170.

Living Room painted in Chelsea Gray

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

This blue/green color is a beautiful option for a bathroom or bedroom.  Pairs nicely with tans or grays.

Master bathroom in Woodlawn Blue

Edgecomb Gray

This warm shade I would say is more tan than gray, but is a great neutral color.

Bedroom in Edgecomb Gray

Dining room/kitchen in Edgecomb Gray

Gray Owl OC-52

I really like this gray, there is a little tan undertone to it so it can be paired with warm or cool finishes. It’s a perfect choice to use with a kitchen that has stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen with Gray Owl

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

Wedgewood Gray HC-146

This is one of my personal favorites and is used in 2 rooms in my home, it’s a gorgeous, rich combination of blue, gray and green.  It’s part of Benjamin Moore’s historical collection so I like to think of it as a classic color, always in style.

Living room painted in Wedgewood Gray

Dining Room in Wedgewood Gray

Smoke 2122-40

Another beautiful paint color I love and have in my home is Smoke, it’s a perfect blend of blue and gray, there is also a lighter version Pale Smoke 1584 which is a great option for any room in your home.

Bathroom in Smoke

Bedroom in Smoke

Happy painting!  Painting a room can change it dramatically and it’s an easy and affordable option.

 

Achieving curb appeal

In one of my very first blog posts (read it here) I talked about the lack of curb appeal our home had when we bought it.  We had quite the to-do list and we’re finally wrapping it up.  We’ve added shutters, painted the front door, overhauled the landscaping, changed out the light sconces and the mailbox and painted the garage.  Still on the list is get a new storm door with a full panel glass insert, update the trim/moldings around the front door and widen the driveway.

For the front door, I painted it Charlotte Slate by Benjamin Moore.  I wanted something that would stand out while still coordinate with black shutters and red brick that also had a traditional feel.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like when we bought it:

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And here’s what it looks like now:

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