Painting the entire interior of your house bright white is a huge commitment.
(see our all-white inspiration houses here)
When we bought the house, each room was a different color, which would work for a bungalow, but ranch houses are supposed to be open and each room flows into the next. 

We used Behr Ultra Premium Plus Ultra White which is a paint and primer in one 
(ie. its super's also the base of all the UPP paints).

Eventhough we used the thickest paint out there, it still took us 3 coats everywhere to get decent coverage. 
(some spots could have even used 4 coats but we were so tired of painting and we just wanted to be done)

In our 1080 sq ft house, we painted 3 bedrooms, a dining room, hallway, living room, kitchen and mudroom plus the ceiling, trim, doors and some of the closets. 
That added up to 11.5 gallons of white paint!

I would be lying if we didn't have moments of regretting ourselves more than a few times, BUT the more  progress we made, the more we could see the house coming together and flowing together.

The house feels a lot bigger and more airy since there is no longer a distinct seperation between each room.

(we didn't take the best before pictures, but notice all of the different colors)

Bennett's room before:
Bennett's room after:
(this is the only room with a color on the wall, other than white)
our bedroom before:
our bedroom after:
hallway before:
hallway after:
dining room before:
dining room after:
kitchen before:
kitchen after:
3rd bedroom before:
3rd bedroom after:
(so far this room has been a tv room and now it's a playroom. We are planning on closing off the oepening and putting a door in the hallway next spring when we make improvements to the bathroom.)
living room before:
living room after:
(the coffee table is partially covering up the most drastic change, but we tore up the slate covering the hearth, exposed the brick and painted it white along with putting a fresh coat of white on the whole fireplace.)

The only room we didn't paint was the bathroom.
We figured it didn't make much sense since we will be redoing it soon.
Plus that would have been three more coats and we just didn't want to go there.


  1. kira on September 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    So besides the bathroom you are finally done then? Man, that sounds like so much work! It really does make the space look bigger though.

  2. Olivia on September 15, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    um im a little bit obsessed with white walls. im needing to do that with my entire house right now but just straight up too lazy. you may have motivated me a little bit :)

  3. Erin W on September 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    It looks so good! My favorite is the kitchen. It looks so bright and new and inviting.

  4. abi porter on September 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    your house is adorable! I'm a little jealous.
    consider me your newest blog reader!
    (sarah nelson told me to check out your blog.. i'm a fellow SR goer)

  5. Eliza Jane on September 26, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Wow, what great before and after photos!!


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