Painting the San Bernard

Hey guys! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. We are having a very, very busy one! I wish I’d been able to update more often, but all my “free” (aka non-mom-duty-time) is spent working on cabinets or vanities or lights. I’ve been working my fingers to the bone! But it’s all been worth it, because the build is COMPLETE! Just look at that fantastic exterior. It’s gorgeous. Anyway – time to focus. Now that the 80% build is done (construction taken to drywall and texture) the next step was paint. We flirted with the idea of saving money and DIY-ing it, but after about a week of solid consideration we decided no way in hell would our marriage survive that. So Jacob suggested we use the extra cash from his new job’s signing bonus to hire a painter. And we are SO glad we did! It’s been a crew of 5+ guys working 12 hour days for the past six days. I cannot even begin to fathom how much time and frustration it would have taken us. It would have been a nightmare!

Well, choosing a painter was easy, but he prefers to use Sherwin Williams paint and we had picked out Olympic samples. We hired him at the last minute and had one night to find color matches so he could buy the paint and get started the next day. Since the local SW was closed, I did the next best thing and used their website to choose colors. Needless to say, I didn’t expect half of my color choices to turn out as they did. But let’s start with the good stuff, my favorite color. We chose SW’s Beach House for the living/dining/entry/kitchen/hallways. Pretty much the main living area.

It’s a nice sandy brown, with enough interest to not call it “beige”.

It looks great with the stone and cedar.

Our painter, Martin, talked us into white ceilings to add some brightness and contrast that would highlight all the different angles. I’m really glad he did!

I’m also really glad I don’t have to do any cutting in 20 feet in the air. I have a fear of heights 😉 Oh, and I chose to take night photos because a) that’s when the painters leave (after 9pm every night!) and I don’t want to bug them during the day and b) I still want the final reveal to be a bit of a surprise. So please forgive the grainy yellowish tint to the photos.

Next up we have the master. I really like the color, SW Unique Gray. However one unexpected caveat: it’s totally a grayish lavender! Especially with the CFL can lights at night. It photographs a bit more gray (which I like) and this is more the daylight hue. But you can still pick up on the purple.

Totally purple.

Still purple.

I was really looking forward to a cool grey in the bedroom, so I was a bit disappointed when I saw the color for the first time. But it’s really starting to grow on me. It’s not a bad color, just a “unique” one (har har). I’m eager to see how it looks with a finished bath and furnished.

I had planned on a yellow room for Charlie all along, and I’m pretty pleased with the sunshiny color it turned out to be. It’s a tad bit brighter than I expected, but again I think it will mellow out with the rest of the room’s decor. This is SW Midday

I know, it’s super dim. We plan on hanging the lights this weekend, which will help brighten up these small rooms with brighter fans.

Now for the utility area. I loooooove this color. It’s not at all what I expected but it makes me so happy. One change we are making, however, is to change the hallway color to the Beach House so it’s not such a jarring contrast when you walk through the door. Only the utility room and powder room will have this bright teal color, SW Rivulet.

Bright, right?! It’s going to look amazing with our red washer and dryer! But yeah, it’s just too much in the hallway. It will be nice to be able to hide it behind some doors.

Now, for the slightly scary. I thought I was choosing a nice subtle green for the guest bedroom and Charlie’s bathroom. It kind of turned out to be a retina-burning neon sherbet. It’s worse in these photos since it’s night, but it’s still a bit, uh, energetic in person.

I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to pull this color off. If you remember, the floors are a deep walnut color. I think I’ll be able to make it work. It’s just going to be one of those things I’m chalking up to a computer monitor issue. Take this PSA to heart: NEVER CHOOSE PAINT COLORS ONLINE! I know it’s obvious, but I wish I’d had at least a bit of time to go see some swatches in store. However there’s no real guarantee they would have looked the same on the walls. I’m hopeful that this room won’t be a total eyesore once I’m finished. And since we plan to try for another kiddo soon-ish, it will be a good nursery color. Plus, it’s one small room. If we decide to repaint it later, it’s no big deal.


So, what’s the damage? Well, materials were a cost of $2,000. That’s a LOT of paint!

The labor was $3000, making it a grand total of $5,000 to paint a 2300 sq ft house with a 20 ft cathedral ceiling. It was no small feat! And I’m really glad we sprung for the pros. While painting yourself is certainly simple enough, there’s no great pride in it for me. I’d much rather be building things than painting them. Plus it would be drippy and cover everything! The crew we hired are incredibly neat and precise. They work hard, and are super friendly. If you’re in the Hill Country area, we used Martin Deleon with MD Painting. I very highly recommend him, his work is awesome. Plus, he totally doesn’t hate me for adding in a change at the last minute. At least he didn’t tell me he did 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas for those that celebrate, and I will definitely be back with more updates soon. We should hopefully get our kitchen and lights installed over the long weekend. I cannot wait!!


6 thoughts on “Painting the San Bernard

  1. Was it hard finding a builder who would do everything to dry wall and texturing? Is there an official term for this? I LOVE it, I love that one can go and work on room by room and technically wait until you have the time and money for other portions. Your house is beautiful by the way!

    1. Thank you Jessica! We actually found Tilson right off the bat, and they had 3 options: Shell (what it sounds like, the exterior is complete but no electrical, plubming, hvac or sheetrock inside so that’s all you), Semi (what we chose, included completed exterior, plumbing, electrical, hvac, insulation, drywall and texture) and then Complete. I loved that they were willing to work with us, and ultimately it was a good enough experience. Not my favorite, but that seems to be par for the course whenever you build a home. However: we did pay cash, so I can’t tell you how it goes getting it done with a lender. They may not be willing to pay for a shell or semi if you don’t have the funds in place to finish. They may have a lot of hoops to jump through.

      1. I know Tilson is great; I used to work at a Granite company in Austin, and we did Granite jobs with them, and they were really nice to deal with. That makes total sense above, and I love those options!!! Did it drastically cut the cost of the home since you did all the things yourself that are the priciest and most likely to get marked up or upgraded? We are saving to pay 100% down on a home as well. I love the floor plan you chose, and am eyeing this floor plan which is actually pretty similar. Only just like you no 3 car garage,etc.

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