Monday, January 30, 2012

The Sweet Look of Bitter Chocolate... Paint Afters!

The master bedroom has finally been painted!!!  Goodbye forever green! 

Here are a couple 'before' and 'after' photos of our paint selection.  Sorry the 'afters' are a little dark, we finished up yesterday as the sun went down (in case you are worried, just know we didn't paint it black).

The color we chose was Behr's Bitter Chocolate from Home Depot. It is a very dark brown with a hint of a warm redish tone when light hits it.  I'm so much happier with our room in this color, it is just more "us" than that pale green ever was. I have to give my hubby props for sticking to his guns about the color.  I was leaning toward a dark gray (similar to three other rooms in the house) and he kept pushing for something that was more brown based.  Once we got a sample up on the wall, I was sold... Here you go Alex, "You were right honey, Bitter Chocolate is perfect."
 Oddly enough, the prep time took longer than actually painting.  Does that happen to anyone else?  Our project started on Saturday night. We had a whole lot of patching to do on the walls.  The worst was the wall shown below.  It had some terrible plaster wall repair done by a previous owner at some point.  The repair consisted of some dry wall tape and a MOUND of plaster covering a giant settlement crack that Alex needed to correct.  He just kept sanding, and sanding, and sanding.  That small spot just kept getting bigger and bigger.
After working on that wall, Alex hopped over to a very long settlement crack that hadn't been patched previously.  He opened the crack with a hammer and screw driver and then....
Added on some Dap Dry Dex patch. 
Once the patch dried and hardened, Alex sanded them to a smooth even finish.  Then we were ready to paint!!!!  Woo-hoo!!!

That took us to the next morning. 
We got up bright and early, did a bit of cleaning and poured the paint!  Alex captured my excitement as the first bit of Bitter Chocolate went up on the walls.
Then, the rest of the paint project went pretty fast...
We ended up painting this little archway Behr's Polar Bear (white) to add some dimension.  I think it was a good choice to enhance the architectural detail of our room.
Again, here are some 'afters', but I think you can get a better idea of the color from the daytime photos above (and yes, the blue painters tape is still up in these photos).
I'm totally LOVING it!!!! 
I can't wait to start decorating.  I've been eager to attack this room redo for soooo long!  I mentioned it on May 8th, 2011 when it was supposed to be our next project... then the tornado happened and ruined that plan.  I have a lot of fabulous plans for this room (since I've been thinking about it for a year) and I can't wait to share my design plan/ vision soon! That Bitter Chocolate is going to be a fab back drop for what we have in store!
  Stay tuned...


  1. Absolutely love the color! Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

  2. Looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of the room redo come together!

  3. Gorgeous! It looks so comfy :) We painted our living room this colour with glossy white trim and I love spending time in there. Our floor boards have a reddish tinge and it looks so warm and cosy. Enjoy your new look room! It is a fabby make over!

  4. Looks great. You guys do good work.

  5. Oh, I LOVE it! Nice work! I am loving dark colors in our house, too. (I used two of your house colors in my own home...flattery, I hope!) Our bedroom is an aqua color and am thinking about going darker, just so it doesn't seem so disconnected with the rest of the house.

  6. I absolutely LOVE it! Color = character in my book and of course I'm a fan of bold! Chocolate is bold. I repainted my bathroom from a lighter version of this color to a deep plum earlier this summer and I LOVE it! I was super surprised when Irishman told me he wanted me to redo his bathroom the same color. Really babe? Purple? :O) It gorgeous!

    Visiting from Our Crazy Ever After :O)

  7. It looks wonderful! I think you made a great choice in keeping the arch white.

  8. It looks beautiful, nice choice. Can't wait to see it done. Mary

  9. It's absolutely gorgeous! Nicely done Carla and Alex! I can't wait to see the decorating plans! It's so soothing to get homes back in order and even better than before following the tornado.

  10. I love the color! Isn't it such an amazing change in a bedroom going from a light color to a darker color? I can't wait to see it when you're finished!

  11. Love the new color! It makes the trim pop too! :)


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