Sunroom Makeover – Step One

Time for a quick sunroom makeover update! What once was Manchester Tan, is now Simply White.

(Note: The existing ceiling fan fixture will soon be replaced with some kind of chandelier.)

They’re both Benjamin Moore colors, but we had ours mixed in a semi-gloss finish at True Value.

Now that the trim and ceiling are done, we’re looking forward to painting the walls in there. Stay tuned for the next sunroom makeover update- coming soon to a monitor near you!

This post is part of our 2012 True Value DIY Blog Squad series.

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  1. Bethany says

    I never cease to be amazed at the difference that bright white trim makes! The trim looks great and I absolutely love your new home! :) Can’t wait to see how the room turns out :)

  2. Deidre says

    Love it!!! It is amazing how much “sunnier” the sunroom feels with the white trim and ceiling. So excited to see all the progress in your new home. It’s beautiful! :0)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Deidre! Kev’s hoping to have the room painted by tomorrow. I look forward to blogging about it as soon as he’s done! :-D

  3. Julie B. [Holland] says

    Waiting, for more pics to come! Love your new home.
    Thanks for sharing your updates. :)

  4. says

    Wow! That white trim and ceiling brighten up the room so much! Looks absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to see it with the paint on the walls! 0:)


  5. Sally says

    how in the world do you paint such straight lines??? :) i’m working on repainting rooms and that’s the hardest part. hehe
    looks great!! can’t wait to see more!

  6. Kari Korte says

    I am a big fan of white trim and ceilings, it always brightens up a room! Looks great and I just LOVE your new home and neighborhood. :)

  7. says

    It’s amazing such a difference a great white can make. We moved into a house that was entirely yellow in one shade or another and it was so great to see it all change to something more crisp when we painted the trims and ceilings white and the walls a nice warm gray.

  8. says

    Bright white trim is the best! Think I need to go paint mine now! Lol can’t wait to see how your room turns out! Have a wonderful day!

  9. Brooke says

    Amazing difference! So clean.

    So my friend, (you don’t know we are friends but we are!) what would you do if your cabinets were off white and you started to paint your trim white. Would you leave the new cabinets off white and paint or would you paint new cabinets?

    Can’t wait to see what color Kevin is covered in today!

    PS My True Value will not make Ben colors in Easy Care. Can I tell them that you said it’s ok?? : )

  10. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    What a huge transformation this was! Before, it looked like smokers lived in the house!!!!! Now it is fresh and pristine, just like the 2 of you! Such a small change and what a HUGE GLORIOUS difference.
    I can’t wait to follow you guys thru this house!
    I want to run downstairs and paint something! (Shoot, we just did the laundry room).
    Maybe I need to take a second look at the half bath down there…………hummmmmm maybe I need some new paint and a jazzy light fixture.
    LOL. xoxoxoxox Ter’e

  11. Liz VanKirk says

    Love the white trim! I don’t understand why so many people with newer homes just go with the tan sprayed paint throughout every…. room of the house. Ugh! It’s like their afraid to paint.

    Can’t wait to see what’s to come…

  12. says

    That is the same color combo I used in my new hallway! I use Simply White for all of my trim. If you want to see it you can have a look at my blog – the best pix are on the staircase before/after post. I hope Kevin has decided on an outlet for his music! Keep us posted.

  13. says

    What a nice fresh update! I am slowly getting to the trim in our house! I did the downstairs but seem to have stalled out on the upstairs.

  14. Janel says

    What a difference the white makes! Love it! QUESTION FOR YOU – I’ve always painted ceiling first, then walls, then trim. Is it easier/better to do trim BEFORE walls? Thanks!!!

  15. says

    Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? Another blogger I followed just tackled her very similar beige/tan trim and painted it a nice bright white and the difference is astounding. The tan looks so dingy and dirty and the white is just a breath of fresh air. Very nice! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  16. Dawn says

    Wow! the white just makes it look so clean! I love getting to join you on your new house adventures! I can’t wait to see what you do next! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Brenda says

    That looks amazing! I love what a bright coat of paint can do.
    QUESTION… would you mind sharing your favorite brush or rollers that you paint with? Also, do you tape?

    Thanks and good luck with the new home. It’s beautiful.

  18. Carol Sullivan says

    I have a question please! Why do ceiling fans have such a bad reputation? It seems they are the first things to go in blogging and television redos! I have never understood that. In the south ceiling fans are very wonderful and useful, yet they get no respect! Can you explain?

    Otherwise, I love your new house, and check every day to see what’s new! White trim rocks!

    • Layla says

      Hi Carol! I haven’t a clue about their reputation…but I do know that we aren’t fans.
      Get it?
      “Fans”- LOL! ;-)

  19. Andrea says

    The room looks better already. I’ve noticed in some new homes in my neighborhood (we like to peek before people move in) that the trim is more beige than white.

  20. Sue says

    Carol,We are in the desert Southwest and would DIE without our ceiling fans so I am inclined to agree with you. Although the chandelier will add charm and character – here in the desert I would have to forgo it for “survival” sake. Love the white trim and ceiling!

  21. says

    I am just out of control this morning. The very first picture… and my mind goes not to how great the new white looks (and it does). I think, “That photo looks like it is taken in the process of painting. If that were me every single door and wall would have been taped off with blue painter’s tape. And, I would still have spots I had to touch up!”

    DIY Talent Envy… because I started painting the trim in my house and we have decided to sell it and move elsewhere. And, now I have to finish it for someone else… And, when you have to tape everything first, it takes FOREVER!

  22. Jeanne says

    Wow! I didn’t realize even the trim was TAN!! Crazy!! I just thought the pretty sunlight was reflecting off the walls and floor making the trim look tanish. Looks great! Did you seriously not tape??

  23. says

    I love the white! I’m am a huge fan of white trim. We are planning to do white walls & white trim in our house. That is when the new electrical & plumbing goes in & we can install the walls to paint. I’ve been searching for the perfect white on white combo. Loving Simply White. Looking forward to seeing your wall color choice.

    • Miranda says

      These are the kinds of posts I absolutely adore! Sure, I love the finding of objects, the subtle stagings, etc. ..but this is where it’s at! Something so “small” makes such a HUGE difference! An example like this is actually how I got my husband on board to paint our trim earlier this year. He was amazed :)

  24. says

    I’m so looking forward to seeing your progress as you work in your new home! The paint looks amazing… Simply White is my favorite white and I’ve used it all over our home! I always have at least a gallon on hand. :-)

  25. Reenie says

    Much better. Forgot to mention in my comment on the doggie post…. that I love your hair that length. It looks so healthy ~ very pretty.

  26. Stephanie says

    I love white trim! It makes such a difference in your sunroom also! Can’t wait to see all the other changes you guys are going to make.

  27. says

    I wasn’t a big fan of ceiling fans until we moved to Texas, and now I love them. They aren’t as pretty as chandeliers, but having some cool, moving air (even with air conditioning on) is wonderful in the Texas heat (especially when I’m in my studio, which has 3 exterior walls, so it gets warmer than most other rooms in the house.

    I love the white trim! I wish my trim was white – I don’t hate the color that it is at the moment (a nice shade of light brown), but I think I would love the “cleanness” of having white trim!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  28. says

    Simply White is one of my favourite whites for trim. It is one of those perfect whites that isn’t too stark or too creamy. I think if you had to pick a white then Simply White would be at the front of the line. Good luck with the rest of the painting.

  29. says

    I love white, chunky trim! My house’s trim was painted (by the previous homeowners) avocado green in the kitchen and butler’s pantry, two sheens of white in the TV room and dining room, chocolate brown in the living room, baby pink in one bedroom, baby poop brown in another bedroom, blue in the bathroom, and two different colors (to match the walls) in the master bedoom. Seriously!

  30. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Why have i been so dense???????? I have never seen your Pinterest before. WOWEE!!!!!!! I am taking notes! Oh I can tell – this is going to cost my honey MONEY! LOL

  31. says

    It looks fantastic! I don’t mind the old color too much. I mean, they certainly worked well together, but the white definitely brings life in the trim and doors. I can’t wait to see the walls completed. I know it will look fantastic. We have a lot of painting coming up, I hope ours turns out as well as yours is. Starting with ceilings, which I dread (mostly because I am so short!) :)

    Can’t wait to see whats next!


  32. Rachel S says

    Any tips for painting trim? Do you find it is an enormous task? We are looking for a new place (our current home has unpainted wood trim) and I am insistent on getting a house with white trim. I want white trim and I do NOT want to have to paint it all white myself! It just seems like such a huge task.

  33. says

    I think your new home is beautiful! I am dreaming of having a home to remodel and redecorate. Trying to pay cash for a house is taking a while to save up for, but I will have more money to paint the walls. Love your blog!

  34. Pam Lowe says

    Just had the master bedroom walls painted a serene blue/gray, the ceiling with a hint of wall color, and he repainted all the trim and doors bright white, love it!!! Now i want to repaint all the trim in the house!!
    I enjoy watching you progress, thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Shannon says

    I love the simply white trim. I am wondering why you choose semi-gloss and not hi-gloss for the type of paint. I always thought that it was hi-gloss straight across the board. I am about to paint all the trim and doors in the upstairs so any help would be cool :) By the way I just love your house, the neighborhood, and that Kevins buddy lives to close. Way awesome:)

  36. Gayla Templeton says

    Isn’t it amazing what a difference a gallon of paint can make? I love True Valus and I’m not getting paid to say it. It’s so nice to walk in and be asked what they can do to make my visit work. Here, we have a brand new Menard’s Super Store, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sutherland’s and a couple of others and I still go to TV first. At my age, not having to walk a mile to find what I came for is a treat. The one I usually hit has hired a man who is in a wheel chair and is hard to understand when he speaks but all you need to do is tell him what you want and he is off to zip over to where it’s stocked. He knows the stock there better than anyone and I so appreciate it that the store could look past his issues and hire him. Yep, I love me some True Value.

  37. says

    Looks so great already! Do you feel like the paint and primer works well on the trim? I have glossy sage green trim that I need to paint white and it’d be nice to skip the priming step!

  38. Michelle says

    It’s a amazing what white paint can do for a room. I’m in the process of painting all of our trim and doors bright white. It is such a long process but I love the outcome.

    I love your knew house and look forward to reading more post.

  39. says

    I’ve got an 1822 farmhouse outside of Hudson NY (which I’m slowly renovating). I’m a fan of white ceilings, but have discovered through some period research that ceilings were often painted the palest shade of cream/yellow because white paint was more expensive…. have you heard of that?

  40. says

    Hi Layla, we recently moved into a new home. All of our trim is also a horrible beigey tan. Not even off white. I HATE it so much. It is also oil based. Did you sand and or prime before you painted over it?

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Mike! And, yes, there will be wide-angle, full-room shots when the wide-angle, full-room is all ready to go- LOL! :-D

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