Monday, April 30, 2012

bye bye accent wall!

I've had an accent wall in our family room on the fireplace wall since we moved in 9 yrs ago. First it was a light sage green, then it went to a darker green, and then about 2 yrs ago I painted it a gold color. Let's just say I'm over it! I wanted everything to blend, so I painted it Barely Beige by Ben. Moore just like the rest of the room and kitchen, since this is one big open space.
 Here's the most recent before...
 and the After... I like it so much better!
 Well you know how it goes, one thing always leads to another. Out came the chalk paint and this frame got a makeover too or should I say a do over!
Before...
 After... I used AS Coco along with the clear and dark wax.
 Before I applied the waxes I used a damp paper towel to wipe off some of the coco so the other paint would come thru.
 Added a few vintage books on this side.
 Playing around in PicMonkey. For those of you who loved and miss Picnik this is almost the same thing. Toby wanted his picture taken too!
 I even gave the mantel a fresh coat of bright white in semi gloss to brighten it up. By painting this one wall the room feels so much lighter and brighter, I love it! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

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63 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love the new paint job. Fresh and airy!

Linda said...

Just gorgeous! Love your room. So fresh and inviting.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love the new colors!! Both the walls and your frame look so pretty! I have been using picmonkey too. It's great. Just as good as picnic. Thank goodness. What would we do w/o photo editing? :)

d e l i g h t said...

Looks very nice with the new paint and the frame is amazing! Toby is a cutie!!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your home is so pretty, and I'm sure you are enjoying the same colour throughout. It looks great.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Last October I did the same thing you just shared. I have a big open space too and so I went for a white like yours and hey, I love it, so much elegant and classic like yours. Your area looks amazing! Toby is so cute! Enjoy your Sunday.
FABBY

Anne said...

Holy Martina - that frame looks STUNNING!! and I like the room better with the accent wall painted out. Guess accent walls was another phase we all went through...

Lovely room!

Deserae said...

Love the new look....the room looks so much brighter now!!!! Gorgeous :o)
~Des

reFresh reStyle said...

Martina it looks great! I love painting stuff! Do I spy a sweet little Pom in your picture?
Have a great Sunday,
Debbie

Kelly said...

I don't think I even knew you once had an accent wall! It looks great now and I really like how you transformed that picture frame too.

Andrea said...

I love the new accent(less) wall! Great color and the frame looks great too. Nice changes.

Susan said...

Beautiful changes to your room! I love the paint color, so fresh and inviting.

Blondie's Journal said...

The new color is fabulous! I have my fireplace wall painted a mossy green and I am SO tired of it! I may be getting out the paint brush, too! Love how the picture turned out, too! :)

XO,
Jane

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

It tuned out fantastic Martina, I do like the lighter color on the wall. Great space:)

chateau chic said...

What a nice change, Martina. Definitely brighter, fresh and crisp. I bet you feel like you have a whole new room.
Mary Alice

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like it better too~and the frame makes the painting look more expensive!! lol Cute dog too!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Looks great!

NanaDiana said...

Well, it was really pretty before, too, but I do think it unifies the whole room to have it all one color. You always do such a good job, Martina- xo Diana

Shelia said...

Hi Martina! Oh, your living room is so pretty. I do like the new wall color and what you did to your frame. What a lovely space to spend some time in. I hope you sit down sometimes as you're always making pretty! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It makes a nice difference having that wall the same color now, Martina! I love the Coco on your frame ~ that looks so good. I haven't tried that one yet, but it's on the list! : )

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Looks so clean and fresh Martina! Love it! I know how doing one thing leads to another.lol The picture frame turned out great!

NanaNor's said...

Hi, I love this look! Of course I love the way you've decorated your entire room. It is so welcoming-I think you are an inspiration to those of us who need help.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Noreen

Debbiedoo's said...

Hi Martina! I love it all the same color too. It certainly does look lighter and brighter. Great idea on freshening up the FP too.

Kristens Creations said...

Your room looks great with the fresh paint! It really does brighten it up. The frame looks great too. Love the pillows you found for the sofa...wow! I love everything about that room especially the pretty plates on the wall.

Glad you like the patio! Kristen

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

The after is great - much more calming. I love the painted frame too.

Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

I love the change. Your room looks more streamlined and brighter. A perfect change for summer! Our homes really are never finished, are they! X Sharon

Gail said...

It all looks GREAT Martina! Enjoy your day, Gail

Judy said...

The room looks great. Thanks for the tip on the photo editing. I was looking for an alternative to picnik. I'll try it later today.

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✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Martina,

I love the change in color. You have a beautiful room. Your picture frame looks wonderful. The painting is so much more vivid :)

Dee

Dear Lillie said...

I love it Martina! It looks so much brighter and cleaner! And love the new color on the frame too!

Melissa Miller said...

Martina this looks really pretty! I hear you on the accent walls. I'm over them as well.

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Judy Bigg said...

Great new paint job.

Michele said...

The wall looks wonderful now, great job!

Robin said...

I liked the gold wall too but I can see where this appeals to you. The frame looks great too. Have you tried Befunky.com to replace Picnik? I think I like it a little bit more than picmonkey but I'm still playing with both. Thank God for them. Picasa is too complicated. I want one geared for a 5 year old!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Savvy Seasons said...

Hi Martina,
Your room looks so pretty. I love the mantle, accessories, pillows, EVERYTHING! Well done! =) xo ~Liz

Savvy Seasons said...

Hi Martina,
Your room looks so pretty. I love the mantle, accessories, pillows, EVERYTHING! Well done! =) xo ~Liz

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I recently painted my yellow living room dover white. I like your room and my room much better lightened up!

Patti said...

Your room looks lovely - and the frame is a nice change, too - It is an inviting room and I noticed how beautiful your wooden floors are!

kitty said...

It looks so pretty all lightened up! I love the makeover on the picture frame, too. It makes it come alive!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I, too, am over the accent wall in my living room. It's deep red to boot. Yes, very early 2000's ...

It's on my list! I love your newly painted wall and updated frame. Oh, and Toby is too cute ...

:)

Linda

Custom Comforts said...

I like the old color because it looks so cozy and warm. But the new color makes the room look lighter, brighter and bigger. Each has its advantages, but I'm with you, I like it all one color better.
Cindy

Babs said...

The Barely Beige is a great color and makes the room look so much larger and brighter. Great job on the picture frame, too.
Babs

Bliss said...

I like the frame. I have not tried ASCP in coco yet, but I think I will have to order some.

~Bliss~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the redo, Martina. The frame really sets off the painting and your mantel is beautiful.

Sherry said...

Martina, I love the new color you painted your wall, it looks so fresh & lively.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Martina, Your wall looked great before and it looks great now! I'm ready for a change now, mine hasn't seen any new colors in years. I love what you've done with the chalk paint and waxes to the frame. It looks like a totally new one.
Have a great day.

~Emily
the French Hutuh

Brandi said...

Painting the accent wall really made a beautiful difference! I love the new color on the frame too. Toby is a cutie! What kind of dog is he?

Cindy said...

That wall really does look so much better painted the same as the rest of the walls. I've never been a fan of feature walls. Your picture looks great, too.
Hugs, Cindy

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I like the "after" photos. The wall blends better and I like the darker picture frame too. Nice job!

Cindy said...

It looks great! And you are right, one thing leads to another! Keeps you on your toes though right?

SavannahGranny said...

Love the new look. Hugs

Pamela said...

Martina I am loving the update! It looks so beautiful with the picture! Hope your week is going well!

Kim said...

Looks awesome Martina. Now lets talk about that long wicker basket on the table. Where did you find it???
xoxo,
Kim

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely! Great transformation.
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Sandy said...

Love the change but then I liked the accent wall too. I'm getting ready to get rid of my red atrocious accent wall! Talk about being over it.

Love the color you chose. Wonder how it would look with the red couches that I'm stuck with for awhile. I'd also like to paint my corner fireplace white but unable to decide on a color. I like your color and I also love the wood valance on the windows. I love the whole room!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This totally opened up the space and everything looks so fresh. Mind you, it was beautiful before but this is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful post. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

The ascp really transformed that picture. Love it. And the wall looks great...I may not be far behind you on making that change.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

What an absolutely gorgeous dog your Toby.

Oh and the "after" living room is sweet too!

This is my first visit to your blog, but I'll be back.

Small House / Big Sky Donna
http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

Kristen said...

I LOVE the new frame!!! The whole room looks different!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I have always had doubt about accent walls... I love them when I see them in pictures, but when I'm in the room per se I always have an odd feeling... I must say your room looks much more harmonious now... And I love the colour you chose. It's very peaceful.

Addicted2HomeDecor said...

Love the transformation! I'm a believer in Chalk Paint as well so I really like what you did with your frame! ~ Judy

Palma said...

What a nice change, Martina. Definitely brighter, fresh and crisp. I bet you feel like you have a whole new room. Mary Alice

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