In our last installment (Joan & Wanda Flip this Gatehouse) on the Gatehouse makeover Joan and Wanda were talking about the skill of editing a space. Knowing what to get rid of…what to keep and what to buy. Also, the importance (and simplicity) of paint. Changing the color of a room can make all the difference in the world and is probably the easiest way to make a dramatic statement without spending a lot of money. Ah…but picking the color! Here’s where we left off:
Joan: Didn’t we start with something else and when we saw it on the wall we decided it was too dark and changed it.
Wanda: That’s right…we did. I don’t remember what that color was…but it was definitely too dark. We both thought so.
Q: So you both agreed on the same colors?
Joan: We painted the walls Stony Ground and the trim is Mouse’s Back.
Wanda: All Farrow & Ball paints. They really are the best…expensive…but worth it. At first Joan resisted painting the woodwork but it really ended up pulling everything together.
Q: You talked about lighting before. What changes did you make?
Wanda: The kitchen really felt dark and needed light so we decided to add recessed lighting.
Joan: That was a great decision. With the chandelier already there, we couldn’t add another ceiling fixture but we really needed more light…especially for our Hammertown Cooking Classes…so recessed lighting was definitely the way to go.
Wanda: In the back room, the ceiling is very high but we had to change those lights too.
Joan: Apparently the lighting fixtures that had previously been installed in the ceiling in the back room were wrong so we had to replace those as well. It really made a difference!
Q: What surprised you most in this project?
Wanda: The Kitchen. I believe in the power of paint but even I was surprised that paint could do so much for a space. It was amazing.
Joan: It taught me not to resist painting wood!
Q: What surprised you, Joan?
Joan: The back room. Using those drapes on the back doors…I never saw that in my mind. When I saw it …I loved it! Thanks Wanda…you’re the best!
Wanda: No…you are!
So…as they say…let the pictures speak for themselves…
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