Monday, December 3, 2012

Before & After: Simple Paint Job Magic

Not too long ago I was asked to do a simple makeover for a corporate space. The lease agreement was such that the only thing that could be changed was the paint. That meant that all the features including the lighting that had been customized for the previous tenants (very traditional and somewhat over the top) had to be adjusted to accommodate my streamlined financial tech client solely with the use of color and a few accessories.

Their other offices are pretty modern, so this was a bit of a challenge. If we ignored all the existing traditional details and went super modern with the accessories, it would have looked weird especially because the whole rest of the building including the lobby is super ornate (think huge chandeliers and marbled wallpaper).  I think we found a happy balance. The transition from lobby to office isn't jarring, but we still managed to sneak in the clean vibe that we were after.

The pictures are completely un-styled and waiting on more art and greenery, but here's the switch...


BEFORE:

AFTER:

BEFORE: 


 AFTER:

Main walls are Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60 (my favorite strict light gray that doesn't change much with the light, and that never swings too blue, too beige, or too green like many other grays)

Accent wall is Duron Gulf Coast

Doors and reception desk are Benjamin Moore Storm AF 700

Wall baseboards are Benjamin Moore Simply White 


PS- Just got word that our home was one of Apartment Therapy's Readers Choice top 100 house tours of 2012. You can check out voting details for making the top 10 here. This thrills me and cracks me up because it took me 3 years to build up the confidence to post it. Our readers are not known for their gentle ways :), but it was very well received. 

12 comments:

  1. So much more modern, clean, love what paint, and a great designer can do:)

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  2. Great transformation - big difference from the previous stodgy look. Love the X console table!

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  3. Oh it looks great! Congrats on being in the top 100 - your house is so cute and great for your family I'm happy it was so well received. See you soon! xo

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  4. Isn't is amazing what a coat of paint can do - simply stunning!

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  5. such a challenge leah and such terrific results, with just paint! your client must be thrilled. well done!
    debra

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  6. Great results! from simple to gorgeous results! The next time I renovate my space in apartment in salcedo village , I'll apply these and give it a try!

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  7. Great job on this project, Leah! I love the pop of color in the accent wall. Congrats on your house tour! :)

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  8. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas. I have so enjoyed your wonderful blog! Gina

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  9. Paneling is sometimes glued on, in these cases you will not be able to remove it without tearing up the drywall paper facing under it. You will also have glue ridging to smooth out with patching compound. Flip Flop Paint

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  10. I agree, a simple paint job can really do wonders to a room. We recently made some minor renovation in our house and that includes changing the colors on our wall, furniture rearrangement and new light fixtures. And oh boy, what a difference it made. It's like we're living in a different home after everything was done.

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  11. Yeah, I think our house needs a makeover too. After we deal with the molds in our house, I'll definitely start working on a renovation project. -Bethany

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