Our Vermont home gets a Sherwin-Williams Stardew blue and Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace home interior painting makeover. See the Before and After!
Well, friend this post is way overdue!
Back in November, we stripped our home of its contents and welcomed in a painter to set up shop.
Prepping for well over a week…
Then spray painting our walls and trim with Sherwin William’s Stardew Blue
and Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.
An entire interior home makeover. And we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all turned out!
Meet our local painter, Jay of Mud, Patch, and Paint LLC.
Where We Started
For a quick recap, we got a few local estimates and were thrilled to find Jay who was both affordable and available! My overall goal on this project was to paint our interior a blue-gray color and brighten up the ceilings and trim.
Wow has it been a long time since we’ve been able to find anyone who was available to do quality work?
How about you, are you struggling to find workers where you are?
We were quoted an approximate 3 weeks time frame for completion, and we planned to stay at our home in Maine while the work was being done.
Rooms to be painted included the kitchen, living room, dining room, sitting room (open floor plan), two guest bedrooms (trim and ceiling only), bathroom, and 3 hallways.
Let’s Start with The Before
How I Chose Sherwin-Williams Stardew
I went to work to find the perfect blue-gray color for our home.
I have dreamed of having our interior this color for years now, honestly!
I settled on Sherwin-Williams Stardew. A light blue-gray color that is both soothing and relaxing.
I must have tested over 12 different shades of blue before settling on Stardew.
I was able to get small tester paint jars to try out at home from our local hardware store for about $6.00 a jar.
It’s well worth this small investment of time and money.
I tested out all the shades of blues throughout different parts of our home.
All in different rooms and with various lighting.
Sherwin-Williams Stardew appeared to have a hint of a green undertone to me at the store and looked a bit darker than what I was looking for. But when I got it home and put it on my walls, it was such a soft and warm blue-gray color, I loved it.
Every home is different! What looks good in one home may not look the same in yours. Testing the colors out on your own walls is key.
You may want to check out my friend Molly in Maine’s post GO WITH THE FLOW: HOW TO CHOOSE COHESIVE PAINT COLORS. Molly is my go-to person when it comes to blue paint colors!
Next up, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, a pure white that pairs well with blue paint colors.
I think my husband likes the Chantilly Lace even more than the Stardew…
Our trim before the Chantilly Lace was Alabaster, which definitely was on the creamy and yellow side of white. You may see more in the post, White Paint Colors for Walls.
Another white that I also like is Benjamin Moore’s, “Simply White”. It’s just a smidgen creamier than the Chantilly Lace. We painted our walls “Simply White” at our Home in Maine, as the home is older and I wanted more of a vintage look on the plaster walls and ceilings. But again, it’s just a tad creamier, barely enough for you to even tell unless they are side by side.
Oh and the trim in Maine is Nantucket Gray in case you were wondering:)
Interior Painting Preparations
We prepared our home as best we could by removing everything off the walls and shelving. Including two shelves that hung over some windows and doors that I never cared much for. And boy did that declutter and open up this kitchen space nicely.
And we were then able to repurpose the shelving down at The Vintage Soul where my vintage window booth resides. You may see more in the post, Vintage Booth Winter Window Display.
When our painter, a one-man show, first arrived he went to work prepping the home’s entire flooring.
Did you know that only 20% of a painter’s labor is painting and the other 80% is surface preparations?
He then prepped the interior of our home by wrapping and taping up all the furniture, filling in all the holes, and sanding.
All this prep work took about one week’s time. Spray painting definitely takes a great deal more preparation than a roller and brush painting requires. But the time it takes to paint is greatly diminished.
He then started the spray painting process by painting the ceilings and trim first.
Here’s a little video for you, don’t get dizzy!
Here’s a similar video of the ceiling being spray painted.
And third, he painted the kitchen island the ‘Stardew’ blue.
It then took about a day to spray paint the Stardew blue paint onto the walls and then 2 more days of touch-ups and clean up.
And a big thank you to our painter, Jay Oullette of Mud, Patch, and Paint LLC for filming and taking photos of it all while we stayed out of the way in Maine, well mostly…
And as I write this post in early February, we are once again back in Maine while Jay paints our sunroom, master bathroom, and master bedroom’s trim and ceilings. The colors chosen for the sunroom will be Wedgewood Gray with Chantilly Lace walls and trim.
You may now see the sunroom paint makeover in the post, 4 Season Sunroom Makeover with Grand Mountain Views.
See the before and preparations for this next project here:
Lastly, after this interior painting is finished, the 3 bedrooms will all be wallpapered (in partnership with Wallpaper Direct) with a Vermont B&B in mind.
The wallpapering is now complete and you may see it all in the post, 3 Wallpaper Bedroom Designs Emblematic of a Cozy Vermont Inn.
Home Interior Stardew Painting After
Here are the first pictures taken and sent to me, unfiltered by the painter, of the Sherwin-Williams Stardew blue walls in our home’s interior. The lighting is always so tricky. I feel like it looks much brighter and softer in person honestly. But I really wanted to share all the different color shades of this beautiful Stardew color.
Our painter described Stardew as a dependent color. The Chantilly Lace trim really brings out the blue in the Stardew and it’s much lighter during the daylight than it is in the evenings. And I love that it has different shades to it at different times of the day.
The Best Part, Decorating!
Now it’s time to put all things back together. It’s been a slow yet steady pace. This is the fun part for me and I’ve been taking my time and enjoying the process. Another reason this post has taken me so long to write.
Here are the first of many projects and design changes I have been working on.
The Home’s Entryway
The Chantilly Lace is such a clean and bright white. Such a beautiful color for trim, built-in bookshelves, doors, wainscoting, hallways, and bathrooms.
Here is the Stardew Blue matched with the Chantilly Lace on our wainscoting as you first enter the home.
This old Vermont Grocery sign is from a local country store that I found on Facebook Marketplace years back.
Built-in Bookshelves with Chantilly Lace
The first space I decorated once we returned home and cleaned up, was our built-in bookshelves in the living room for the holidays. You may see more in the post, How to Decorate Bookshelves for a Vintage Christmas.
I couldn’t be happier with the Chantilly Lace on the built-ins. They are so bright, clean, and fresh!
During this painting project, I thrifted this vintage photo of all the Vermont high school bands at a music festival back in 1948.
I love how it standouts next to the Stardew blue over our french doors leading into the guest bedrooms.
This inspired me to decorate our built-in bookshelves for the holidays and beyond with musical instruments, highlighting this nostalgic old photo. You may see more in the post, How to Decorate with Old Musical Instruments.
A New Perspective
It’s amazing how a new coat of paint and emptying out your entire home can give you a brand-new perspective on things. And with this new viewpoint, I decided to flip two rooms, moving our sitting room into the dining room and the dining room into what was our sitting room.
I found this vintage pine table at The Sage Farms Antique Christmas pop up while I was back in Maine. You may see more in the post, A Vintage Christmas Haul and 3 Holiday Wreaths.
And the table displayed for the holidays in the post, Cozy Winter Dining Room with Ski Lodge Decor | Get the Look.
These new sheepskins arrived from Overland creating an even more cozy vibe to this new dining room space, and I think Ella has decided to move in.
Seriously, can you believe this?
She’s so funny, the combination of the new sheepskins and decorating this room, Ella had to be right in the middle of it all…
Another first project was to decorate this vintage cupboard that was now in the sitting room. You may see more in the post, How to Style a Vintage Cabinet Hutch with Wedding China in 7 Simple Steps.
And just after I finished styling it, I decided to move it into our new dining room space. This is one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to get this post out. I’m taking my time and enjoying the process.
You may also enjoy the post, Romantic Antique Table Setting with Thoughtful Design in the dining room.
And if you have made it this far, I know you are going to love these Dishy Kitchen Hooks You Can DIY in Minutes hanging today in our kitchen.
One of my favorite recent projects.
Do you love vintage dishes and platters?
Blue and white home decor?
How about this Blue and White Asymmetrical Vintage Platter Wall?
These vintage platters over our mantel really showcase the Stardew blue walls now in our sitting room.
I still have a lot of decorating to do in the kitchen, sitting room, and living room, which I’ll be sharing right here as we move along. It’s just not quite ready for prime time just yet…
And the bedrooms are going to look amazing all wallpapered, in hopefully a couple more weeks’ time.
I hope you’ll join me in following along!
See how our sunroom turned out in the post, Sunroom Home Office Inspiration: Triple Purposed with Craft Space.
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Check out all the wallpapers at Sara Fitz. Have you been to her store n York? Fun designs, and you just pick it up. No need to ship!
Hi Melissa, yes I love her wallpaper selections great suggestion!
Anne from Simply2Moms says
That blue looks so pretty in your home! What a great project!
Thank you so much Anne, we are truly loving it and it was much needed!
Cherry Goodson says
Everything looks so lovely. Really love your platters on the wall. Blue and white are the colors in my own home. Can’t wait to see your wallpaper up. I’m such a fan of wallpaper even though my friends say wallpaper is outdated. What do they know. LOL
Thank you so much! Yes me too I’ve wanted wallpaper for years and I’ve been talked out of it so many times like yourself. And I couldn’t be more excited for it now!
Miche Ortega says
So beautiful. I can’t wait to see the bedrooms.
Thank you so much, me too I’ve been wanting wallpaper for years!
Marlene Stephenson says
It all looks so beautiful, I really like the colors. Ella is so cute and I love to see her pictures of her and her antics. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much Marlene, that means so much to me!
It all looks fantastic, Ann! I never noticed that vintage Vermont farm stand sign you have. What a great piece! We also have Chantilly Lace on our trim in the house. It is the perfect white, in my opinion! Thank you so much for sharing my blog post! You are the best!
Thanks for stopping by Molly, yes I loved your post and got so much insight as I prepared for this project!
The blue and white are really great together to make a comfortable home. I cannot wait to see the entire home put together again. Very nice choices.
Thank you so much Linda, I’m glad you like it! Yes still a lot to do but it’s getting there:)
Greetings from Virginia!
What a great post! Everything is so clean and fresh! You have the best instincts! Your rooms seem to tell a story with the carefully chosen accessories. Nicely curated.
Well done! Best to you, Mary
Thank you kindly Mary, that’s so nice of you to say and I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, as I feel like I still have so much to do.:)
Hi Ann, I just remodeled my kitchen. Upper cabinets are BM Oxford White with cabinets & island in BM Downpour Blue. I have so many blue & white plates and a blank wall. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Sounds beautiful Diane, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate this.
Sugar Estes says
Thank you for sharing your colors, will try a sample of paint for our house! Love all that you have done.
You are so welcome and thank you dearly! I hope it works for you, we love it!
RACHEL HARPER says
The blue looks stunning in your home.
Thanks so much Rachel!