Garage Nook Gets Color Blocked

When we were in the design process of our home, I saw potential in an empty nook in the garage. The area is just before the door we use to enter the home, which is right next to the laundry room. Here is a photo of the nook unfinished.

garage nook

When we were in the building process, I could envision the nook filled with a bench, shoe storage and hooks above for coats. But there wasn’t a utility sink in the laundry room and with boys and my need to paint, a utility sink is a big deal. I also thought it would be great to have a refrigerator next to the sink. Extra freezer storage for a family of six and garage access for a cold drink or a popsicle in the summer sounded wonderful.

We had the nook wired for a light, plumbed for a sink and added a GFCI outlet for a future refrigerator so if a breaker tripped, the refrigerator would not lose power.

Initially, I was going to give the wall a shot of blue, maybe something left over from a room inside the house. I got all of my cans of various blue out and loved how a few of them looked together. I brushed a few strokes of each onto the wall to get a better sense of how they would look together.

ombre painting - blue

I fell in love with the look of the loose painterly strokes that looked like water to me, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it as an entire wall treatment. Instead, I chose to try color blocking. I measured the wall and penciled in three horizontal lines of equal width using my level as a guide. I applied painters tape so I could get a crisp line.

Here are two colors on the wall.

blue wall

This is how I applied each color.


I love how the wall turned out. And how about that yellow ladder with the blues? The wall is a life-size paint swatch of three colors used inside my home. The top color is in my youngest son’s room, the middle color is in the laundry room, and the bottom color is painted in the back of the niches in the living room.

color blocking - blue

Colors used: loch blue by Sherwin Williams, balmy seas and mermaid treasure by Behr.

We went with a double utility sink and it has been wonderful. Many a paint brush, rag and muddy shoe have seen the inside of the sink. The faucet has a pullout sprayer and makes clean-up easier. The refrigerator has served us well and I am so glad to have it.

garage nook_utility sink

Once we had the sink and refrigerator in place, we replaced the bare overhead light bulb with a pendant light from West Elm.

garage nook_utility sinkwest elm globe pendant

And lastly, we added a towl ring from HomeGoods.

towel ring

It always amazes me how much function you can get out of a little area and what a little paint can do for a space.


The Power of a Purple Wall

It’s spring break for us this week. Hallelujah to not getting up at the crack of dawn, making breakfast, lunches, and getting three out of four boys out the door and in the car by 6:45 am to get the oldest to sports practice by 7 am. This year, we are staying put and enjoying various activities around town–and I’m sleeping in until 6:30 am (hello, four-year old!) The absence of driving to school and back twice a day means I can start a painting project and not have to clean up, change out of my dreadful looking paint clothes, pack up all of my supplies midway through and get the kids. It’s awesome.

I still have my sights set on painting the back wall above the ledge over the front door. But when one of my sons was gone for an overnight with a friend, I saw it as an opportunity to finally paint his room. When I asked him about a year ago if he wanted me to paint his room he said, “yes!” When I asked him what color he said, “purple!” It wasn’t exactly the answer I was hoping for. I have never done a purple room and I’ve already used some very strong colors (red, green, peacock blue) in other rooms of the house. Adding purple to the mix could make me seem a little cray, cray and completely unrestrained. I wanted to be sure he was going to love a purple room for a long time and in the meantime, I had to find just the right purple.

A year has flown by and he still wants a purple wall. I have to say, I am so glad I didn’t talk him out of purple! I know it might sound strange coming from a girl who painted her powder room emerald green and her dining room peacock blue, but for some reason, purple pushed me out of my comfort zone. But I absolutely love it! It’s regal and luxurious on its own. And that’s saying a lot since it’s in a kid’s room.

Here is the room before:


Here is where I am at right now:

purple room

I used the color “paparazzi” by Behr. I still need to finish painting the trim at the top. I did everything I could with the step-ladder and snapped this picture because I loved the way the light was illuminating the purple.

I’m looking forward to seeing the room with the gray linen curtains and any bits of gold or yellow I can talk my son into. The pillow on the bed with the yellow, black and gray geometric triangles looks so good held up against the wall. I was so excited to show the color to my son. He came home and saw it after the sun had set, when the purple in his room becomes dark and moody in a cool way. He didn’t react as joyful as I had hoped when he first saw it. But when morning broke, I could tell, he was kind of giddy about the purple wall. He just needed to see the sun shining in his room. It’s really wonderful how painting a wall can elicit happiness in us. I have loved walking by his room since. Now I need to scale a ladder and get that trim done!