That’s right, I moved to Sin City! Well, actually I moved to SUN City…where you have to be at least 55 to live here. Shh, don’t tell anyone that I’m only 53. ;-)
So, the house we ended up buying? It’s pink!
From the outside, other than the color, I loved it!
I especially love the backyard.
In case you haven’t heard…stones are the new grass. Hahaha
Unlike the outside, the first words out of my mouth when I peaked in the back window to the inside were…”This place is a sh@*hole!!”
Okay, this might not seem bad to you, but this is after they cleaned up some. I mean, shouldn’t you put your bag of Tootsie Pops away when your house is being shown? Plus, the entire house was FILTHY!!
Later on I found out that the owners were deceased and the niece was living here on and off over the past two years. She REALLY junked the place up. I heard it took three full days for her to get everything moved out!
Now, being the totally clueless couple that we are when it comes to home renovations, my husband and I had these BIG plans to get new cabinets, change out the floors and countertops, gut the bathrooms, paint the walls…etcetera, etcetera. You get the drill.
Well, those big dreams and our tiny budget were NOT one and the same so the only thing we had done was the painting. Oh! We had the carpets and tile floor cleaned, too. Jacob and Alex from Raysco did a stellar job on those! I would totally use them again. ( The pictures of the floor in the photos are before they were cleaned.)
As far as the paint goes? O…MG! What a difference a can of paint can make! I really had no idea! I knew I wanted to go with gray. In case you haven’t heard…gray is the new white.
Now, I knew I didn’t want a blue gray or a green gray or even a brown gray (greige) . I wanted a true gray and I found it! I also knew I wanted the cabinets to be dark.
Here are the colors I chose, test painted on the wall.
The brand of paint is Dunn Edwards. The cabinet color (left) is called Celluloid. It reads black but is really a dark charcoal gray. The wall color (right) is called Industrial Age. I picked out both colors in a matter of five minutes…then the self doubt started setting in. The only people who believed in my ENTIRE vision were my husband and my oldest son, Michael. My MIL said that my wall color was too dark. I felt there was enough light in the space to support it.
Are you ready to see the before and afters? Prepare yourself…
Now…the big reveal!
I was sweating bullets over my color choices, but once I saw how everything turned out I loved it! Originally, I wanted to get new stainless appliances and change out the laminate counters but you know what? The new paint job made EVERYTHING look better! Thank goodness because there was no money left in the budget to do it.
The painter I used was David McMillan of McMillan and McMillan Painting. David is the third generation of McMillan painters here in Las Vegas. If you live in Vegas I HIGHLY recommend him. His crew is efficient and take pride in their work. When the job was done, they all took pictures of the cabinets with their cell phones! Did I mention this is the first time they had ever used this color on a cabinet. Most people choose dark brown or white.
Wait until you see the furniture I picked out. Can you say Ruby red couches? I can…