HOUSE: Newburgh

The! Hallway! Is! White! So! Relieved!


When painting walls, my gut usually tells me that everything in my living space should be white. I love white, it’s my favorite color (along with black, gray, green, yellow, red, pink, blue, etc.), and it makes me feel peaceful and happy. We spent days testing paint colors on the walls trying to pick out the perfect whites for our house (we settled on Benjamin Moore’s matte Moonlight White for the walls, and satin Simply White for the trim), and a year later I still gaze in awe at how right these whites are for this house.

And yet, we somehow decided to paint the entire front hallway (and the stairwell! and the upstairs hallway, too! and the ceiling!) two shades of purple. I don’t remember the exact color names, but “Lilac Nightmare” may have been one of them. HUGE MISTAKE. Yeah, no kidding. We lived with it in agony for a full year, thinking we’d learn to love it. That never happened, so we devoted three full days last week to painting over it all…with our perfect whites. Ahhhh.

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  • Reply Adam September 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Wow it looks beautiful! So much brighter! How many coats did it take to cover up the purple?

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 12, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Including primer? FOUR COATS! Yow. That’s a lot of cans of paint.

  • Reply Adam September 12, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Wow! That is a lot of paint. I admire your fortitude!

  • Reply nicole September 13, 2007 at 8:23 am

    bright, crisp and clean.

  • Reply katie September 14, 2007 at 9:20 am

    It looks fantastic!!! A lot of paint, time and energy, but it looks sooo worth it!

  • Reply sulu-design September 19, 2007 at 4:18 am

    What gorgeous architectural details in your home! So glad to have found your blog.

  • Reply Door Sixteen » What was that I said about white walls? October 17, 2007 at 9:37 am

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