I've been wanting to paint our entryway for quite some time. While my incredible mother in law is here to wrangle the kiddos, I went for it. Good heavens I cannot tell you what a difference it makes.
I used to walk in and think "Gee I desperately need to paint these sterile hospital walls. Like, yesterday." Now I just smile when I walk in the door.
A part of the monumental difference is that the previous owners bought a truckload of high gloss white paint and schlapped it on every surface in the house. Trim, walls, cabinets, bathrooms, hallways, it didn't matter. High gloss for all. It felt like a cheap apartment.
Now there is personality, if I do say so. Look, you can even see the crown molding.
Part of me wanted to wait and show complete B/A pics. Like with my new chandelier and freshly painted mirror and wire baskets in place etc. But the who-knows-when-I'll-get-to-it-I-have-a-baby-to-nurse-every-three-hours-and-a-two-year-old-to-keep-from-tearing-the-very-doors-from-their-hinges part of me said 'I'd post pics now if I were you'. And I am me, so I did.
The base coat is Martha Stewart's Heavy Cream and the stripes are Sherwin Williams Rice Grain. Both in eggshell. Experiencing what a completely different feeling it gives the house motivated me to paint the entire living room Glidden's Olivewood yesterday afternoon.
I used this tutorial (but used a paint brush instead of a foam brush) to get perfect stripes. Most satisfying tape removal of all time.
Here are my original inspiration photos I scouted from Pinterest: