Tag Archives: Grey

Gray, Navy, and Copper Bathroom

30 Mar

It went from bad to worse before it got good, and I take full responsibility. I was so desperate to rid my master bathroom of its beige walls, that I hastily painted them a way-too-dark gray. It completely clashed with the orange-y wood cabinets and the fact that I lacked a big-picture vision when I dove in left me with an unattractive, mood-bending room.

Exhibit A (a.k.a. before):

After deciding on a bedroom color scheme and finding a little inspiration, I settled on reparation plans for the bathroom. It never ceases to amaze me what a little paint and hardware can do.

Behold! (a.k.a. after):


When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I trusted the guy at the hardware store and went for latex paint and bonding primer. I opted to test out oil based primer and paint this time to see if it would reduce visible brush strokes and hold up better over time. I will report back.

The hardest part was undoubtedly going from knobs to pulls. I have a new found appreciation for cabinet makers. Getting two holes level, centered, and the right distance apart is more challenging than it should be. There may or may not be a broken drill bit still in one of the drawer fronts…

Truth be told, I replaced the standard builder-issued mirror with these wanna-be Venetian beauties some time ago, but they didn’t come alive until the walls were lightened.

Inexpensive Cheap Venetian Style Mirror

While the work is never done, the room just feels good now.

Have questions? Comment below.

Source list- Wall paint: Valspar’s Urban Sunrise from Lowes | Cabinet Paint: Behr Oil Paint color matched to Valspar’s Indigo Streamer from Home Depot | Copper Hardware: Amazon  | Mirrors: Wisteria

Silver Paint

15 Aug

Sometimes you just have to live in your home as-is for awhile before you know how you want to decorate. With time, you learn how you use each room, and how you want your space them to look and feel. I think this is especially true for people piecing together their own home for the first time.

I like to think that for most people (those of us who either cannot afford to or choose not to hire a designer to finish a space in one fell swoop) decorating happens in layers. A layer could be paint, furniture, art, textiles, accessories, etcetera. Shy of renovations, decorating layers needn’t be added in any particular order.

Project Beige-Begone has begun again! Inspiration finally struck and the first layer of homeyness has been added to the master bathroom in the form of liquid, latex, silver.


Excuse the poor quality photographs. It is incredibly difficult to take a decent shot of a windowless room with harsh lighting, and reflective surfaces. I wish that rather than these images, you were viewing the vision in my head complete with Venetian mirrors, crown moulding, and plush, patterned grey towels.

Master Bathroom Silver Paint

The two dollar marble prints live another day! If you ask me, the Gray makes them pop much more than the beige ever did.

Marble Prints Gray Walls Bathroom

Have you done any decorating lately?

Thanks for reading,

My Newly Navy and Grey Bedroom

12 Nov

I think beige walls look old and dirty. There, I said it. When I moved into my new Austin home, every wall and ceiling in the house was beige. Slowly, I’m covering up the watered down builder’s beige. This weekend, Anthony helped me tackle our bedroom.

Here are the beige befores:




Master_Bedroom_Painting_Gusto_and_GraceAnd take the afters as progress, not a finished product. The vision is bigger than the paint. This was step one in the makeover.




I learned from our powder bathroom, that textured walls in dark colors should be painted with flat paint, nothing else. The navy looks darker in person than in pictures. It goes up the wall, across the ceiling and down the other wall creating a faux canopy. I love how it turned out. The dresser, the nightstands, and the P will eventually change colors.

Accents will be bright blue. I think that will help the room feel less like Hillary Swank’s home (well styled, but too masculine for me).

Master_Bedroom_Dresser_Wall_After I bought Vincent from the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth two years ago. He finally found a (temporary) home. Cue Carrie Underwood. He’s too small for the space, but it feels good to finally have art on the walls.

What did you do this weekend?




Kitchen Makeover Preveal

17 Sep

Remember when I asked you to vote on kitchen cabinet colors? I didn’t expect the vote to be a tie.

Our cabinets remained orangey-oak, and I kept pondering. Finally, I ruled out dark stained cabinets. Not because I don’t love them, but because i was afraid it would make our small, windowless kitchen too dark, and because our living room and master bedroom floors are a similar oak color to our cabinets.

So that leaves white, which I wasn’t quite settled on. Searching for inspiration, I came across this image:

Grey Kitchen Inspiration www.gustoandgraceblog.com

I sent the photo to the husband, and he loved it. We spent our night removing the hardware we just put on and priming the lower cabinets. Saturday, we grabbed some paint chips from Lowes and Home Depot after deciding the sample we bought Friday night was way too light. We took them home and compared them to the above image and our current countertop.

Paint Chips www.gustoandgraceblog.com

We settled on Valspar’s Mark Twain House Ombra Gray. If it is good enough for Mark Twain…

Valspar Mark Twain House Ombra Gray www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Phase 1 of kitchen renovation includes painting the cabinets and re-tiling the backsplash. Our top choice for tile right now is 1 inch white hexagon tile. Anthony and I are going to a DIY tiling workshop at Home Depot on Thursday and will be borrowing some tools from my handy mother next time we visit Fort Worth.  Stay tuned for the reveal, but for now here’s a sneak peek of step 1, phase 1:

Painted Cabinets www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Depending on how long we stay in this house, a proposed phase two (at least 2-3 years down the line) would include new stone countertops and stainless appliances. I’m loving these marble countertops that wrap down.

I’ll leave you with some obligatory Mark Twain Quotes.

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.”

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

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