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02.20.13 / Total Teaser

Remember when I repainted the mudroom/dining room/laundry nook? {Yes, that’s all one room – let’s just call it the everything room, shall we?}

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It was definitely an improvement. But it wasn’t quite right. This past weekend while HH was working overtime, I got stir crazy holding down the fort + three kids and decided to conquer that room {at least paint-wise} once and for all. I’ll share the nitty gritty details in an upcoming post but, for now, please enjoy some teaser shots.

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No more messing around. This paint color is “the one!” So what if it took three tries?

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

93 Comments

Yes! Love the moody gray. This reminds me of the way we had our bathroom in our first house. It makes a huge impact.

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20.February.2013

LOVE it. Sometimes it takes me more than 3 tries :)

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Much Much better. Makes everything else look crisp and definitive (if that makes any sense).

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gorgeous! can’t wait to see the entire room! it looks so cozy!

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That color is perfect! I painted my dining room a dark gray and I love it.

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I’m drooling over here…I absolutely LOVE the final color! It looks amazing, so who cares how many tries it took to get it right. Great job! :)

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Beautiful! Is it the same color that’s in Mabrey’s nursery?

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20.February.2013

yep. totally agree.

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20.February.2013

‘Third time’s a charm’ when it comes to paint at our house!

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20.February.2013

gorgeous! love it.

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20.February.2013

Love what I see so far! I’m a habitual repainter until I get the “feel” right so I completely understand.

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20.February.2013

That looks a lot like the color we chose for our foyer! Intense but gorgeous! Love it.

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20.February.2013

I loved the accent wall in your Tile Shop feature so much that I was inspired to try something dark myself! I just can’t quite find the right charcoally blue/grey color. I’m looking forward to seeing what the whole room looks like because the teaser photos look awesome! The color really makes the white wood work pop!

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20.February.2013

I absolutely LOVE it! Can’t wait to see the whole room shots!

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20.February.2013

What is that paint color? I’m thinking of doing a wall in my master bath something like that.

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I beyond love it! Sooo moody….great choice!

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20.February.2013

WOW I cant wait until the next post your paint choice has made a big impact. Great choice!!

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20.February.2013

That color is EXACTLY what that room needed! The moody color provides the right contrast with the tile floor! The lighter color would have worked better if your floors were wood. Love it!
xo~Jill

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At least you are a self proclaimed teaser! Classy, simple, and dramatic all in one – I love it! I wish we had a large enough room with that kind of light so we could do the same!

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20.February.2013

Love the color, the room looks warmer! Can’t wait to see the whole room.

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20.February.2013

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is JUST the motivation I needed to do a darker accent wall in our kitchen – can’t wait for you to share the color you used + more “after” pics!!!!!!!!
This is also a GREAT post for anyone out there who is afraid to try – you don’t have to get it right the first time!!!!
Thanks Dana!

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It looks AWESOME. I definitely think it’s “the one” haha. Can’t wait to see more.

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20.February.2013

Love it! I’m guessing the other colors didn’t have enough contrast for you. And you’ve inspired me to rethink our brown on brown master bedroom. A color like this will give me the contrast against the furniture I crave and the dark color my husband loves. Thanks!

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20.February.2013

What color is it? Looks great!

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replied on February 20th, 2013

would you ever paint your bedroom a color that dark?

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replied on February 20th, 2013

I would and I did!!! Look at this picture on Pinterest and be convinced (no, that’s not my bedroom, but I love it!) http://pinterest.com/pin/343047696585950870/
Jule

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Love the dramatic color!! I’ve been going lighter and brighter in our bedrooms, but one of my favorite rooms in the house is the half bathroom that we painted a really deep turquoise/teal. It just makes everything else look fresh and all of the white pops against it. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!!

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20.February.2013

That looks like a color I would see on a paint chip and think, “Where would anyone ever use that in their house?! It’s so dark!” And then YOU use it… and it looks great! :)

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20.February.2013

LOVE this!! you are one ballsy lady!

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replied on February 20th, 2013

Yeah, I totally feel like I finally grew a pair ;)

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replied on February 20th, 2013

Send a pair a little further north to Huber. I could use some right now. LOL!

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replied on February 20th, 2013

I think it’s hilarious that we are talking about detachable “pairs”. Hehe!

20.February.2013

Ooooooo, wow! /drool!

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20.February.2013

Great choice!!! Especially with the chair rail. I think dark colors are the best in big rooms with lots of natural light.

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20.February.2013

Yep, that is the one. Can’t wait to see more :)

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20.February.2013

It’s gorgeous! Do tell how you keep the little ones occupied and happy while you’re painting! I can never get anything done without help around for kiddos. I’m always SUPER impressed with how much you get done with kids around.

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replied on February 20th, 2013

Ditto! When I’m home alone with the little ones I get nothing done. Can’t even visit the ladies room alone let alone paint one :). My projects need to be do-able, indeed complete-able in nap time (theirs, not mine, ha: if only). Go Dana! Is that black?!

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20.February.2013

Glad I’m not the only one who does that. Looks awesome!

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20.February.2013

LOVE IT! This looks just like the color in my dining room. And I LOVE it. Can’t wait to see more!!

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20.February.2013

LOVE the color. Can’t wait to see all the pictures

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20.February.2013

Amazing! Can’t wait for more pics and all the deets.

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20.February.2013

You should call it the “Mudding Nook”

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Ha! when you changed it the last time I thought meh, that wasn’t really worth it (to me) because it was similar to the first color, etc. but I also thought I’m no designer and I want to change my paint colors almost daily and Dana knows what she’s doing, but this one looks get from the teaser photos…yes, you definitely nailed it this time! :)

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replied on February 20th, 2013

get=great, looks great! sorry.

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20.February.2013

That, Dana, is borderline cruel! Because that first teaser shot looks so amazing, I am now intensely eager to see the whole room. Looks like it’ll be amaaazing!

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20.February.2013

That TRANSFORMED the room. I LOVE it.

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20.February.2013

btw, what’s the paint color???

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20.February.2013

Now that makes the room complete. The walls before just looked to light for everything else that was going on. I like when the accessories and furniture pop in a room. Now they can with that fabulous color.

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20.February.2013

looks amazing! you make me want to go grab paint and start painting somewhere.. anywhere!

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20.February.2013

The more you repaint the more I love your blog. It’s just nice to know even people’s whose style I really admire need to make adjustments :)

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replied on February 20th, 2013

I was inspired by Jenny from Little Green Notebook. She recently repainted her powder room for the third time in a few months. Somehow, seeing her get it right the third time gave me permission to give it one more go.

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20.February.2013

Is this the same color you painted the nursery?

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20.February.2013

That looks great, Dana! But I can’t stop thinking about the gallery wall and all the work to put it back together :)

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replied on February 20th, 2013

No worries. The gallery wall is still in tact. I actually cut in around the 3M tabs because I didn’t want to hang everything over again. #lazy

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20.February.2013

OMG it’s perfect! Can’t wait to see the whole room!

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20.February.2013

The contrast looks incredible! Can’t wait to see it the whole thing!

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20.February.2013

Love, love, love it! Can’t wait to see more pictures.

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20.February.2013

L-O-V-E it! Such exciting contrast with neutrals :)

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20.February.2013

Third times the charm! What a GREAT choice! I love it! Can’t wait to see more.

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Oooh! Can’t wait to see the full room! I totally want to paint a space in my house with a deep gray, but haven’t gotten the courage yet…. Now that I see your laundry nook painted that color, I might just do the same!

Erin

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20.February.2013

I love that dark moody gray! It really makes all the other details in the room sing!

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20.February.2013

it looks SO good! i’ve been trying to work up the courage to go dark (dare i say black!?) above the wainscotting in my kitchen, which is painted dove white. Very much looking forward to finding out what color you used and seeing more pictures! That said, those 2 pictures were enough- I’m doing it!!!

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20.February.2013

LOVE IT!!!!!! Totally makes the space come alive!! Can’t wait to see the full reveal :)

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20.February.2013

Even with its current population, I’m definitely not brave enough to try this color. Girl, your bravery brings beauty to your home! I’m looking forward to seeing the room in its entirety.

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In love with that color! We have a dark color in the master and I would love to use more around the house. If only we had enough windows- sometimes I’m not sure our other rooms could handle it! Gorgeous.

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20.February.2013

Wow! That looks gorge! Though, I am wondering how you managed to paint with 3 kids? I know your blog is about design etc., but…seriously, I could use the advice. I have 2 boys and can barely leave the room to out laundry in!

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20.February.2013

LOVE IT!!!! I am so itching to paint something that color now! Can’t wait to see the full post!

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20.February.2013

It looks great. Totally off subject, but your black interior door in the kitchen… what color is that?

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replied on February 21st, 2013

Off the shelf Home Depot door and trim paint – extra high gloss, deepest black. Found here.

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That first “after” picture with the wood counter and woven baskets will be in my dreams tonight. It is perfect, Dana!

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20.February.2013

yes, Yes, YES!!!!!!!!!!

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20.February.2013

I am already loving it so far! It looks amazing!

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21.February.2013

DANA!!! It looks fantastic! My back hallway is black chalkboard and I love it! Great job!

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21.February.2013

Such torture!! Can’t wait till you share more. :-)

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21.February.2013

I LOVE darker colors! And yes, third time is a charm! You are speaking my language with this darker color. I always gravitate to the bottom end of a paint chip palette. Other’s homes look nice in the soft pastels, but darker feels like home to me. You know what they say…. “The darker the ‘paint’….”

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21.February.2013

i am obsessed with this color right now & i don’t even know what it is. i need more photos!

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I love it!! I repainted my living room a dark gray (pictures are on my blog) and I’m so so happy with it. Can’t wait to see the whole room!

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21.February.2013

umm LOVE IT!!! can’t wait for a whole tour :)

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21.February.2013

I love the color! It looks similar to one we have in our loft.

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21.February.2013

OH, YES!!!!
Fabulous!

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21.February.2013

The new color looks awesome! I can’t wait for a full reveal post to see the whole room! :) This is totally not related to paint, but what kind of plant is that in the last picture? I’ve been looking to get some plants for our house, and I love how full that one looks!

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21.February.2013

So much better. How did you paint the wall next to the cabinets -did you have to take them down?

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replied on February 21st, 2013

Read all about the painting process here.

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21.February.2013

Oh thank goodness! I was not digging the before. I figured it was just a bad trick of the camera.

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21.February.2013

Excellent choice on the new color! It looks great and really and improves the whole room. A thought would be to add a ceiling height curtain to “close off” the laundry nook when using the room for dining so you don’t have to be reminded of laundry loads to come. I’m thinking that could make the room look more formal if ever needed and it could stay open other times for easy access. In my house the layout is such that I always see the laundry area when I walk in and it drives me nuts! Due to a high, long window behind the washer/ dryer, I can’t do the curtain thing…and haven’t come up with any other idea. Suggestions anyone?

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21.February.2013

Your sofa question…I’m just not feeling the seating at all in that space between the wardrobes with the dining set right there …Kick the little sofa and its slipcover to the curb and go another direction completely! That’s my vote.

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22.February.2013

I love painting and repainting and repainting. Every time I repaint, I feel as if I have purchased a new home. This is something which keeps me going. So your redoing for the third time is no big deal.

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22.February.2013

The color is beautiful! Feels like the room is really coming together. I love the dark color + the crisp white + the rich wood tone. In the pictures though, it feels like the table and cowhide may be a wee bit small for the space?

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replied on February 22nd, 2013

Eventually, we’ll probably jump for a new table. The one we have was a hand-me-down and FREE. It does extend into an oval. We pulled it out for Layne’s birthday party and the size felt good in the room. I’ll probably hold out on a different rug until we find “the table.” But, I agree, the room could handle a larger table.

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22.February.2013

Thank you SO much for your blog. Your house is so beautiful, and it makes me dare to dream for our 1300sq ft mini-Underdog. We’ve lived here for nearly 3 years (end of March) and it still looks like it did back in the 60ies, except older and more worn. We actually have identical cabinets to your original Underdog. It’s scary. Reading your blog however, gives me hope at the end of the rainbow. We shall too, one day have a beautiful house.

Oh, and I’m impressed with your painting. I can’t do that with 2 kids, let alone 3. :P

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22.February.2013

LOVE the color. This room is looking amazing, really. I actually like the loveseat for the space. Is it Ikea? If so, might bemz have a good slip cover option for it?

And thanks for “keepin it real” as to how you squeeze in projects while caring for a baby and two older kids – love it. I’m the same about the tv, I’m okay with using it occasionally for things like this because we so rarely do it otherwise. And even so, squeezing projects in around baby naps is challenging!

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22.February.2013

Love it!! The color is wonderful. Now I NEED to paint a room that color…maybe my bedroom.
Your room looks lovely.

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12.March.2013

Honestly, I don’t prefer using grey shades in my room, but after going through your blog and the pictures now I will certainly give it a second thought. May be I will try a combination of grey and a contrasting shade for my dining space.

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