Seeing the IDCO lake house come to life in the last few months has been a little surreal. It’s the realization of years of dreaming, saving, and scouring real estate listings (with a heartbreak or two along the way). Plus months of late nights spent planning and designing every detail, and then finally getting our hands on it to bring it to life. Working alongside cherished friends and family made the process much more fun and satisfying, and I have no doubt it will be a place we all enjoy for years to come.
A big part of that journey has been partnering with brands who could help bring our vision to life. What does any renovation need if not gallons upon gallons (around 65 here!) of paint! We partnered with Sherwin-Williams on this project and I was especially excited to try two of their products. We used Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint Interior Acrylic with Air Purifying Technology from their Living Well collection on all of the interior walls. It’s a paint and primer in one that results in a really durable finish — crucial at the lake. It actually helps reduce odors in the air and I cannot overstate how much of a difference this made. We didn’t replace any drywall in the common areas, but the house truly feels like new construction. It was unoccupied for a year and pretty neglected before that, but what I lovingly refer to as the “musky, dingy stank of death” is completely gone after using this miracle Sherwin-Williams paint! And we haven’t exactly been treating it lightly while renovating it room-by-room either, so it’s nice to know that every scuff or smudge on the beautiful, creamy finish will wipe perfectly clean with just a damp microfiber cloth.
My inspiration for the design of the home was “elevated camp,” and I wanted it to feel clean and modern but layered with interesting collected objects. We chose Greek Villa SW 7551 for the walls and trim in most of the house. It’s a clean white that has just a hint of creaminess that feels cozy, not stark, and the flat finish gives the walls a plaster-like feel.
We were super-fortunate that the kitchen cabinets were well-made and in great shape, so we kept the lower perimeters and the cabinets around the fridge, but ditched the uppers to lighten up the space. My original vision was to apply a stain and let the wood grain show, but we couldn’t get the shade dark enough. So, we pivoted to paint instead and used Tricorn Black SW 6258 in a flat finish. There are hits of black in every room, so this turned out to be a happy accident that ties the kitchen to the rest of the house really nicely. Cabinet refinishing can be quite a process, but Sherwin-Williams has a complete guide with tons of helpful information.
One of my favorite parts of the house is the queen-sized bunk nook we created in a main-floor guest room. We stole some square footage from this room to create a hallway between the front entry and the garage (before, we had to walk through the bedroom…super awkward) which made furnishing it tricky. Building a nook for the bed was the perfect solution, and painting it Agate Green SW 7742 made it the coziest, most charming spot.
One really cool offering at Sherwin-Williams is their options for sampling colors, especially the peel & stick samples, which I really should have utilized to choose the exterior door color (more on that when we reveal the exterior). The 8×8 samples come in all of their most popular shades, and can be moved around your room and then taken down — much less messy than sample cans!
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