The Paint is Dry: Before & After

The dining room before:

Living Room 1 Before Living Room 2 Before

And after…

Living Room 1 After Living Room 2 After

The living room before:

Living Room 3 Before Living Room 4 Before

And after…

Living Room 3 After Living Room 4 After


I am so loving having four walls the same color!  The green & purple were there when we moved in five years ago.  I’ve been mulling over my “Enchanted Ginger” color for nearly a year now.  I am really happy with how it turned out!  Of course, there’s still more to do (like repaint the trim around the one door frame), but I am happy with the new look!

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12 thoughts on “The Paint is Dry: Before & After

  1. LOVE it! Great choice…very striking look.

  2. Anisa

    Thank you! It took longer than expected (I wanted to post pictures by Wednesday) but it took a long time to get the line around the ceiling, since none of our plaster walls and ceiling are straight & even! LOL!

  3. AWESOME! i can’t wait to see it. and just to think, i was there a few weeks ago and now when i see you at month’s end it will be all different – sweet! but i LIKE the paint-chipped door frame, it has character and charm *sigh*. ♥ rach

  4. This is SO you! Love it!

  5. Anisa

    A lot of people have told us that about the door frame, Rach. -And suggested doing the other door frame to match. Nobody seems to want to volunteer to do it for us though! 😉

    Plus, yes it has character & charm, but it also has chemicals and lead paint! So it’s getting the axe… or the brush. 🙂

    By the way – as soon as I get that trim done and the walls behind our kitchen counters painted (apple green), I get to cross #32 off my 101 in 1001 list! Woohoo!

  6. jenny

    Love it! I really brightens the space up. And I love the white arm chair – that must be new, or new to me. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  7. there are ways to get the same look with ‘safe’ paint though. i’m good with an orbital sander as you know – ha!

  8. Tawnya

    Love it!

  9. Tim Dickinson

    I know I’m a little late on the conversation here but the room looks great. My wife and I were contemplating a color like that for our main room but landed on a subdued green.

    I thought the door trim in the dining room was evidence of stripping. It’s a familiar trim leprosy around my house. If your house is from the 20’s-30’s as it appears it may not be lead paint. Have you had it tested? Our house managed to retain its original shellac finish until relatively recently when it was painted with what appeared to be latex paint. I’ve stripped lots of both and can identify it pretty well. Stripping woodwork is a pain in the you-know-what but I think its worth it in the long run both aesthetically and practically. Your house was probably designed with the shellac finished trim in mind and will look and feel more comfortable with itself that way. If you DO have lead paint it will still be there to haunt you after you paint over it.

  10. Anisa

    Thanks for the input Tim. Yes, we spent several hours stripping and sanding away at that door frame. I was hoping to find beautiful wood underneath all those layers (I think we counted 8!!) of old paint. We did not have it tested, and our home was built in 1925. I’m not positive it’s lead, I just assumed that at least one of those layers must be. 😉

    I love the wood… it’s so pretty, I just am not sure I can stomach stripping the rest of the trim in the house, especially with two little ones running around. It’s tough work! It may be a project on the long term To-Do List. 🙂

  11. Aunt Mary Janice

    I remember taking paint off trim at one of my houses. It took forever – but looked nice. Just as yours looks

  12. Tim Dickinson

    I totally understand the pain and agony! After spending countless hours stripping paint (including building my own infrared stripper from a quartz heater) I finally took the trim off the walls and sanded the rest off with a power tools and a good dust mask out in the garage. You probably won’t find fancy hardwood trim but the clear grain old growth doug fir is absolutely beautiful with a couple coats of historically accurate, easy to maintain, and all natural orange shellac (it’s amber colored). If you ever get around to it, you won’t be disappointed.

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