It’s been a whirlwind couple of months and we are finally in our new home in Kelowna! We were excited to take possession in October and get started on renovating our space and making it our own. I’m all about flow throughout the house so we decided to keep the main areas of our home all one colour. We let our kids choose some different paint colours in their bedrooms to individualize the spaces to what they liked. They had so much fun at Benjamin Moore picking out their favourite colours for the walls with the help of our interior designer!
We worked with Blue Jaye Design to help us choose the colours for our home. Denny and I were completely overwhelmed with how many colours of white paint were available so we knew it was a good idea to consult with an expert. In the end we decided on 3 colours for the walls. Our main living areas have all been updated to Balboa Mist which is a great off-white neutral option that will never feel outdated. In our daughters room we went with Strawberry Yogurt throughout for a subtle pink colour. Our sons room was painted with Balboa Mist as well and then we added a feature wall with Kendall Charcoalpaint.
Logan is a preteen now so we wanted to give him a more grown up look to his bedroom that he can grow into over the years to come. We updated his bed frame to metal when we moved and I LOVE how it pops against the Kendall Charcoal feature wall. This grey tone works well when paired with crisp white trim and looks amazing with the Balboa Mist that we’ve painted the rest of his walls with. We were able to keep the room brighter by painting just the feature wall in the darker colour. Originally the room was a dark grey colour that took on green tones next to the dark floors. The transformation has been a huge difference for our sons room once we changed the paint and the flooring.
Our kitchen had a cut out space that we wanted to fill in with cabinets so we could maximize the space in our dining area. The space originally had a hutch in it, but we felt the area was better utilized with built in cabinets. We wanted the room to look separated from the kitchen so we decided to go with a bold colour on the cabinetry to stand out next to our white cabinets.
Since we loved Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal so much we used it on our new cabinets as well! We love how it stands out on our main floor and we kept with the modern farmhouse style by adding black handles. It pairs perfectly with the Balboa Mist paint colour we have on our walls throughout the main floor.
Our daughter Quinn LOVES the colour pink and has been asking us for years to paint her bedroom. This space was originally quite dark with dark grey walls and dark floors so we were happy to brighten the space up for her using a lighter paint and flooring. Strawberry Yogurt is part of the Colour Preview collection at Benjamin Moore that offers bold, saturated colours to bring any space to life. We love how Strawberry Yogurt is a subtle shade of pink. It pairs well with our daughters rainbow bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. It looks so nice with her off white furniture as well!
Quinn absolutely loves how her bedroom turned out and was excited to be part of the room transformation process. We are so happy with how the colour flows with the rest of our paint colours.
Our floors were all recently changed out to a lighter colour to update the look of our home. We love how well Balboa Mist works with the white trim and colour of our new flooring! Balboa Mist is part of the Off White Collection at Benjamin Moore that offers 152 options of white and off white colours to choose from. We didn’t even realize how many options were available for white at Benjamin Moore before we started this renovation! Thankfully we worked with Blue Jaye Design to help us choose these colours and get the right tone to compliment our flooring and trim.
Balboa Mist works so well with all of our existing furniture and we love how much it lightened up the space throughout our home. It pulls a subtle grey undertone when placed next to our furniture which I love since grey is one of my favourite colours!
Once the flooring and paint was changed, we needed to tackle the update to our fireplace as well. Blue Jaye Design helped us to Whitewash the stone which was a quick and inexpensive way to update the look of any stone or brick fireplace.
Whitewashing is a watered-down paint technique that gives the stone a more translucent look. For this update, you’ll want some of the stone colour to come through without totally painting over it solid. We used a 2 to 1 ratio for this project, so we added 4 ounces of paint to 8 ounces of water and mixed it altogether. If you want it to be more see-through, just add more water. If you want more solid coverage, use less water in your mixture. The paint mix was sponged on top of the stone using cloth rags. We had an extra rag handy to wipe off any excess paint if we felt some of the stones were taking on too much of the paint colour. We finished off the fireplace by sanding down the mantle and staining it in a grey tone.
We chose Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint in Eggshell finish throughout our home. The Regal Select paint combines the paint and primer in one can and applied easily and smoothly to our walls. We chose this paint because it has stain release technology that is easy to clean with less scrubbing which is so important with kids! We also loved that it has very little odour since we used so much paint in our home.
By taking possession of our home a week before our furniture arrived, we were able to complete the majority of the renovations with an empty house. I can’t recommend this enough if you have the option to do so as it made it so much easier for us to get things done in a timely manner. Thank you Benjamin Moore for partnering with us on this project, we absolutely love our new home thanks to some fresh paint!
This blog post was written in partnership with Benjamin Moore. Views expressed are my own based on using the paint products in our home renovation. We’ve had so many questions about our home renovations that I will be sharing a blog post soon outlining all the changes we made in the home, stay tuned!