Over the Christmas Holidays in 2013, Mikey and Diva Dan are giving their entire home a make over with doing a completely new colour scheme.
The colour scheme was created and decided by Diva Dan. We had transformed our living room first and then moved onto this area of our home. Diva Dan hasn’t planned the entire home. He is working with each room and then deciding the next colour scheme.
For the dining room, we have one wall that is exclusively the dining room and the exterior wall goes the span directly to the kitchen. The colour scheme had several conditions.
- Diva Dan knew the artwork he wanted to display. All artwork was already in place and have been up for years. He decided to look for colours to make the artwork pop.
- The cabinetry is a natural wood that is stained. Changing the cabinets were not an option.
- The surfaces of the two islands have a blue granite counter top.
- The hardwood floors were not going to be changed. Colour must go with the floor.
- The kitchen tiles are dark and the colour must work with them as well.
The walls have to compliment the colours in the room.
Colour Palette by Benajmin Moore Paints
- Dining Room Wall, Caribbean Blue Water (Blue Look), – Benjamin Moore Paints, 2055-30
- Kitchen Wall, Bright Lime (Greenish Lime Look), – Benjamin Moore Paints, 2025-10
- Trim Colour, Metropolis (Silver Look) – Benjamin Moore Paints, CC-546
- Ceiling, Dune White (White Look), Benjamin Moore Paints, CC-70
We used the Benjamin Moore Paint Line. Though Benjamin Moore Paints are typically more expensive than other brands, we opted to use the Aura Waterborne Interior Paint. Though the paint is more expensive, you do not need to prime in advance as this paint has the primer and paint together. We have a dealer for Benjamin Moore Paints here in Walkerton Ontario, they don’t have a website, nor do they sell online. The store is called Cuneo’s.
Furniture and Decor
- Raised Dining Room Table was purchased on a clearance in a furniture store several years ago. It has since gone out of business since.
- The fish oil painting was painted by Kreso Cavlovic. Kreso is one of the most amazing artists we have ever known. Originally painted in 1999, it remained in Kreso’s Collection until we acquired it in 2012. It has a lot of meaning for Daniel and I on a personal level. We love the boldness of colours.
- The native artwork is by Diva Dan himself. It is inspired by Norval Morrisseau. See original examples of Morrisseau’s Artwork. Morrisseau was an Aboriginal Canadian Artist that died in 2007. His artwork is very highly collectible and worth a lot of money today. These were Diva Dan’s interpretations of Morrisseau. Daniel’s versions are not meant to be a knock off of a brilliant artist.
- Our house was a medallion house of the 1970’s. You can still see the stove in the wall that is very much like the Brady Bunch. The house was in rough shape and gutted in 2005 and rebuilt on the inside with Diva Dan’s vision of what a home is to be. The house layout today is open concept verses being compartmentalized into rooms like it was originally designed to be. Our home is unique in layout and style verses all of the homes here in Walkerton, Ontario.
Cost of Transformation
This renovation is about $325 CDN. The majority of the costs were in the Benjamin Moore Paints. Due to the vibrant Bright Lime used. A primer of a very close colour had to be purchased an applied first. The final colour is partially transparent for the Bright Green. This means the colour of the primer is seen through. The final colour applied is the colour that makes it illuminate. Major repairs of the wall for the patio door had to be constructed. Patio door was installed in Oct 2013 but the walls around it were not finished.
Before Photos & After Photos