A few weeks ago, we took to the walls of Livingston with many rollers, brushes, and loyal friends.

Sure, we could have just hired some extra painters before the renovation team gets started at the house–but we opted for something a little more fun. We chose to unite our painting party people over food, tunes, and basking in the joy of collective progress. Many hands do indeed make light work…fun, light work, at that!

(After having spent far too many hours on my own painting those kitchen cabinets the week before, I was particularly in awe of how fast things moved along…and this was WAY more fun.)

We kicked off the morning with delicious Madcap coffee, Krispy Kreme donuts, and bagels from Bagel Beanery.


Our friends Liz, Alex, Katie, Adam, Brian, and Holly joined me and Matt for a day of rollin. And boy did we make progress!


After priming and a bit of color, we threw in some Peppino’s Pizza and Founders All Day IPA to refuel. Then we tackled the rest! (Minus touch-ups.)



We’re so grateful to our friends for spending the day with us! And I love that our walls contain memories before we’re even fully moved in. To us, the meaning of “home” is so wrapped up in community. We’re looking forward to inviting our community of friends and family into a completed space soon…where they’ll relax instead of work.

Thanks, painting party people! We love you guys.

What colors did we use throughout the home? Here’s the rundown:


Throughout most of the kitchen and dining room, we used HGTV Home + Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in “Alabaster,” available at Lowe’s Home Improvement. We wanted warm, white walls that are easy on the eyes, and this 2016 Sherwin Williams color of the year gave us what we were looking for!


We used Valspar’s “Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic Blue” in flat on the dining room accent wall, also available at Lowe’s.


My office wall color is “Oceanbed Sand” from the Nautica Beach House collection at Menards. I wanted my tiny little office to be bright and inviting with a subtle pop of color.


Our master bedroom and living room have the same warm gray tone, called “Silver Dollar.” It’s part of Pittsburgh Paints and Stains’ Paramount line, found at Menards. (It looks particularly beige above that brown swatch color, but cover the brown, look again, and your brain will interpret it differently! I’m a nerd for brain tricks…ever watch Brain Games?)

All we have left is the bathroom, which is still awaiting a major renovation, and Matt’s office, which we are holding off on renovating for now (because it’s full of boxes and my current office arrangement).

One step closer to making this house a home!

With hardwood floor refinishing and a bathroom renovation on the schedule, this project is finally starting to move along!

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