This week I was really excited to see a fellow Rochestarian featured as a House Tour on Apartment Therapy (a secret dream of mine). Emily Winters also has her own blog called Merrypad where you can see that she has done a lot of really great things at her place, but the thing that really stood out to me was the two tone walls that she painted in her living room which you can see here via the Apartment Therapy House Tour:
Taking a cue from Emily and her walls I decided to try this out in my own place. The only thing I wanted to do a bit differently was to add a molding ledge at the point where the colors would change at a plate rail height. The room is small so it only took four 8 foot lengths and they only cost about 5 dollars each. I had a much easier time mitering these corners than I had with the crown molding in the bathroom, in case you were wondering. Once I had the pieces cut I stained them with a mixture of Gunstock and Chestnut wood stain at a four two one ratio respectively in order match the exiting trim. I knew I wanted to keep the original color (BM Nantucket Fog) on the top in order to keep it tied in with the living room, so I chose a color only a few shades darker for the base (Behr Stormy Blue) . Once I nailed the trim up I then painted the bottom and this is what I have now.I took these pictures at night so they happen to be a little dark (Maybe someday Apartment Therapy will make a return trip to the ROC and take some superstar shots of Ittybittybungalow).
I can see that the plates need to be adjusted but I can make quick work of that
These pictures also need to be moved down a little bit but that’s not a big deal.
Here is the before picture:
Thanks Emily for the local inspiration!