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Living Room Update #1: We Have a Black Wall!

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I’m just popping in during a moment of calm to let you know I’m still alive. We moved in to our new house last Saturday and have been busy at work since. In fact, we were actually busy at work painting and prepping for the week before we moved in, so this week has really been devoted to getting settled and falling in to a new routine. It’s amazing what you don’t realize you need until you live in a house. For example, I currently feel like I am typing from the surface of the sun. I actually have sunglasses on. The glare is so bad in my little office nook! I need to add a solar shade or something to our list!

As with every move, however, something had to go wrong. The day we moved in, Comcast came out to hook up our Internet and told us that there was no Internet line. It would be a few WEEKS before we had Internet. Um, WHAT? I like being cut off to unwind, but not having any Internet (especially when you’re paying for it) for a few weeks really does a number on a blogger! Thankfully our sweet new neighbor gave us her wifi password, but we’re trying to not use it that much since it slows her down. Hence why this is my first post in 100 years.

So what have we been up to?

Well our first priority for the new place was the living room. I wanted to paint, install a ceiling fan, hang some curtain rods, and get our new couch put together before we moved in. We juuust barely made that goal. Here’s how the living room looked the first day we were in there:



The Black Wall…

The first thing I did was tackle the big black wall. I have literally been dreaming about my black walls for months now. We used Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black in Eggshell for two walls in the living room, and they are the main two walls. Mom helped this dream come true…here are a few wet paint shots:

Tricorn Black living room

Tricorn Black living room

The black was tough to paint. We ended up doing three coats, and these shots are of the second coat drying. Pro tip: black is a terrible color to practice cutting in with. Don’t ask how I know.

The Gray Walls…

Then I moved on to the remaining walls in the living room, and man did I agonize over that color. After researching the different light grays I was considering, I opted to get samples of four: Blizzard Fog (Valspar), Icy Avalanche (Sherwin-Williams), Repose Gray (Sherwin-Williams), and Tempered Gray (Valspar).

Light gray living room options

Here is Mike agonizing over what was surely his greatest decision to date (he said they all looked the same, boo):

Light gray living room

After I stared at them for 2 days straight, I decided to paint my top two choices, Blizzard Fog and Icy Avalanche, right next to the Tricorn Black wall (this is before the third and final coat on the black wall):

Tricorn Black living room

I wanted the remaining walls to be a super light gray, but I didn’t want a blue tint at all, and I didn’t want it to come out too dark. I really wanted the black wall to pop, but I wasn’t sold on either color, so I ended up going with the second one, Icy Avalanche from Sherwin-Williams, tinted at 50% lighter.

Here’s what Icy Avalanche tinted at 50% lighter looks like:

Tricorn Black living room

Tricorn Black living room

Just perfect! I was sold, so I finished off the remaining two walls (don’t judge us, we hadn’t cut in that messy corner yet):

Tricorn Black living room

Light gray living room

It’s amazing what a difference the Icy Avalanche made in the room–it was liberating to paint over that bland ivory.

Other new purchases…

You’ll also notice in the pictures above that we mounted a new TV, put up a new fan, and put together a new couch. These were three purchases we planned to make for the new house. We have embarrassingly been watching the smallest, worst TV on the planet but decided to hold off on buying something nice until we finally bought a house. I had also dreamed of having a small sectional couch, but it just wouldn’t fit in any of the apartments we’ve lived in.

Here’s the before of the couch:


And my mom modeling the after! We got the Ikea Nockeby 3-seat sectional in black and white with wood legs.

Ikea Nockeby Sofa

I also cannot recommend our new fan enough! You can buy it here (affiliate link)! It’s so sleek looking, super quiet, and produces great air flow. It’s remote controlled and has a dimmer, too.

So that’s our progress for now. We just put curtains up (thanks mom for ironing them for 6 hours, you’re the real MVP), but I still have to hem them, and I’m still figuring out how to set up the rest of the room as we settle in. Regardless, we’re loving the new place already, and I’ll be back with more projects and updates soon!

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Thursday 28th of September 2017

Love your grey walls I'm thinking of painting my kitchen icy avalanche or stone isle they are both on the same pallet card but not sure if icy avalanche will be to light for my white cabinets so I was thinking of stone isle what do you suggest?


Monday 28th of November 2016

Hi - just wondering if you still like your Nockeby sofa?

Brittany Goldwyn

Monday 28th of November 2016

We love it! We haven't noticed any changes since setting it up and use it daily.


Friday 28th of October 2016

Hi Brittany! Love this post. Just wondering how your Nockeby sectional is holding up?

Brittany Goldwyn

Saturday 29th of October 2016

Hey Seanna! It is holding up very well. However, we've only had it since the last week in August, so I'll definitely keep monitoring it!

Angie @ ambient wares

Tuesday 13th of September 2016

Looks awesome! It kind of makes me want to buy a new place :D Can't wait to see your future projects!

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

Thanks Angie!! I'm hard at work on my little office nook, too...can't wait to share it!


Friday 9th of September 2016

Always happy to help you guys! The six hours of ironing was torture, but I was happy to do it. :) I love your new place!!