Lighter Brighter Beautiful.

Is it weird that I love paint?

Not that I love paint in the manner of    I. Love. You. Paint...

But I love how changing things up makes me feel.

It's inexpensive and gives me a big bang for my buck kinda feeling. you know?

I have had this brown for years.

Relaxed Khaki by Sherwin Williams and it's been good to me.

I think my husband had a hard time parting with the blue ceilings mostly.

I fixed that problem and I will share that secret with you too.

It was just time to go.

So how did I pick my new color?

I walked around my house and studied each room.

I narrowed it down to may favorite color of all times.

Comfort Grey.

Above is the recipe for my kitchen color.

I wanted to stay in the same family so I had Lowes lighten it 50%.

The recipe for my LR color is above.

It is PERFECT!!!

This color is grey enough to date any color without making a fuss.

I'm serious.

I could throw any color in here and it would play nice.

You don't find that often in colors.

I even folded laundry in here just so I could enjoy the color.

OK... maybe not.

 I was just too lazy to put it up but I enjoyed the color all the same LOL.

And just to really change the room up a bit, I moved my secretary desk in.

I love how it just fits in here.

So you may be wondering how I made my hunny happy with removing his beloved blue ceiling?

I did an old color trickery...

I lightened the wall color about 75% (recipe below) for the ceiling.

And you wanna what?

I didn't even noticed I painted over his blue until I pointed it out.

He's happy. I'm happy.

I still have some playing around to do for the walls but I'm really loving the blank canvas.

It's like that clean crisp feeling when you remove your Christmas decor feeling. Ahhhhh

This huge wall behind my sofa has me thinking of a few ideas.

I hope to tackle them soon.

Want to make a huge change on a small budget?


It's a win win..

I think I burned 1403 calories on my laddermaster lol.

xoxo Susie


  1. Good morning Susie, I love your living room. The gray is beautiful. I remember back when you painted your ceiling...and I thought 'now why haven't I ever thought of that?' looks beautiful. Love how relaxing the color is on your walls. And that fireplace pretty how you have it. Great job decorating.

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks for the sweet comment. It will take some getting use to the brighter color but the room was so dark before. I smile every time I walk in here now.

  2. I really liked the first combination MUCH better. I just think that grey never works in a living area. For a bedroom, bath or laundry its alright. I have always hoped to come to your blog and see that you have changed the color in your kitchen! I guess not.

    1. Hi Mah,
      Color can be one of those tricky things and have such an impact on ones room. They can brighten your day or mellow your mood. The brown that I had in my LR was one of those colors that everyone loved including myself. After years of working around it, it was a time for a change. I understand your concerns for the grey but this color has a lot of blue showing through and that's what I love so much about it. It's not a color for everyone and I love that fact. If everyone loved the same color, our world would be one boring place. You mentioned hoping to come by my blog one day to see I have changed my kitchen. Not sure that will be in my near future as I love the color deeply. But if you know me well, no color is ever long lived around here. LOL Thanks for reading and your comment. I read and value each comment and opinion.

  3. It looks GORGEOUS,Susie!!! This is the color I was going for when we painted our guest bedroom last week. Needless to say it didn't turn out the way I had planned. I chose SW Aloof Gray thinking it was a light gray but once on the walls it has a blue tint to it. I do like it now, but at the time I was so frustrated. I will have to keep your color recipe for future reference. I think I might be painting my bedroom with your new color. You have inspired me!!

    1. Hi Dana,
      I know just what you are saying about the blue. Please know that this grey does have blue hues that show through. I think that's why I love it so much. So if you want to stay away from the blue'ish showing through, you may want to change your recipe just a bit. Happy painting!

  4. The new paint looks a bit on the cool side for me. Unless you're going to fill it up with your favorite crush-color in art and accents, in which case - score!

    1. Hi Susan!
      You are always too sweet. I don't have a color crush item going up there but something even better. I can't wait to share with y'all.

  5. I love the new paint color and am a fan of gray. Our living room/kitchen is pretty neutral with white, gray and a shade of tan but we warm it up with pops of yellow. Can't wait to see what else you do - a great space to fold, or not fold, laundry : )

    1. Oh Mindy... Your living room sounds perfect! I love pops of color and yellow is one of my favs!

  6. It looks lovely! I like gray when I see it in others homes but I've not been brave enough to venture there in my own home. Everything I have is more to the "tans" including my carpets; so I don't think gray's look as good with it. However, if you decide to do some decorative vinyl for your walls, I'm a gal who can help you! [Wink, wink] I'm an Uppercase Living demonstrator:

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      I too had that tan carpet and it does limit your wall colors. You would think a tan would go with everything but not grey. Thanks for the tip on the vinyl. I have something in mind for that one large wall and hope to share with y'all soon. I will keep you in mind if I'm in the need for some decorative vinyl. Thanks for the offer.

    2. After I posted yesterday, I realized that our basement (which is in dire need updating) has no prior commitment to "tan"! So I'd better copy your paint color recipe and get busy with my "decrapification" of that space so I can "go gray"! :)

  7. Lovely! I love the crisp white accents with the gray.


    1. Thank you Miss Judy! I am so enjoying my sweet little quilt flower pin. It is just adorable and I hope to share it here on the blog one day.

  8. Love it and going to copy your paint recipes! Great job!!

    1. Happy painting Jboo! I hope you love the color as much as I do.

  9. I absolutely love it! It looked almost white on Instagram so I love to see how much different it really is compared to the trim. My den is the exact color of your before. It's been a good neutral, but it's looking so dated to me now.....and I thought it would look good forever. HA! Thanks for sharing the paint formula. And PS....I'm behind on my blog reading and just saw the Mason Jar painting and the Travel Trailer painting. I ADORE both of them!!!


    1. Hi Carla,
      Instagram can do that lol. I love how it can wash away some of my wrinkles too haha. The grey has some blue hues to it as well. Every monitor will show it in a different light I'm sure. My tip would be to have a sample mixed and give it a try.

  10. What color blue was the ceiling? Looking for a subtle color for a porch ceiling.


    1. Hi Janet!
      Oh my goodness let me do some diggin for the can. It was a slate blue kind of color. Very pretty and would be great on a porch ceiling as well. I'm going to see if I can find the old can and get back to ya.

  11. It is beautiful! I am using gray in my house too--after years of sandy beiges of all color names! Thanks for sharing your changes!

    1. Yay Jeanne for going grey lol... I think that is the only time we can say that and laugh haha. Hope you enjoy your new color.

  12. What a breath of fresh air! I can see why you like the soft gray. I think that color will be fun to work with and, like you said, will compliment so many decor options nicely. I just moved into a new home that has your "before" color and I've been thinking about going soft gray. You're after photo should help get my husband on board, lol. Great work!

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