Color Me Crazy!

Ever since we moved into our house and painted the main living area aqua, I have wanted to tone it down. Don’t get me wrong… that is my FAVORITE color. It just overwhelmed the space. I wanted the house to be more neutral with colorful accents.

So, a few weeks ago, I got a little itch and I painted EVERYTHING… by myself… in a week.

Before: (Sherwin Williams Raindrop)

After: (Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray)

(UGH, as I look I this I just think about how desperately we need new furniture/slipcovers/paint jobs/whatever!) The curtains here are a GIANT drop cloth from Home Depot that I cut in half and hung just like I did the previous ones. The other ones may get used in the guest/office room. Or our room. Or the kid room. Or somewhere.

Before:

After:

The color is actually 2 shades lighter than what our kitchen was (Sherwin Williams Mega Greige). I LOVE IT! Obviously, we need to do a lot more work to the living room, but it really opens up the space and makes the color that is in there POP! And I love how pretty our wedding pictures look with it.

And since we didn’t want an entirely neutral house… (At that point the only room with an actual “color” was the guest room.)

Before: (Sherwin Williams Mega Greige)

We painted the kitchen too!

After: (Sherwin Williams Rainwashed)

Forgive how cluttered our kitchen looks… it really isn’t that bad. We do need more storage. I still like the backsplash with it, but one day that might change… haha. Probably.

Before:

We still LOVE the old kitchen color, so we may use it somewhere else. Or I’m thinking some stripes would be awesome somewhere with the Agreeable Gray and the Mega Greige.

After:

The color is really pretty and goes well with neutral living room. It is Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams. I love me some rain paint colors apparently. And for those of you who read Bower Power, this color is almost identical to what she painted her office (Ben Moore Palladian Blue). I actually pulled that swatch, but since it was so similar to the Rainwashed swatch, I didn’t even get a sample.¬† I’m not sure about the brown borders on the artwork. (I took those pics btw, in college.) And I DISLIKE the green chairs with it. But, I really want a new table and chairs, so those might just stay green for a while.

I’m really liking the yellow accents in here! I also think red would be really fun. Especially since we have some red in the living room. However, those red chairs WILL get a makeover one day, so I don’t know.

With this swap, we will be able to paint the art room and not have it clash! And also, probably repaint the guest room. I’m thinking of using the leftover Raindrop blue paint (original living room color) and cutting it with some white for the guest room.

Oh and P.S. all of our paint was matched to Glidden from Home Depot. Mostly just because we live within walking distance of a Home Depot and I like Glidden.

3 Bedroom Blues

So, when we were looking at potential houses to buy, we thought we have to have THREE bedrooms. That will be MORE than enough space and give us room to grow.

Not so much.

The guest room and the art room aren’t the biggest spaces. And every inch is crammed with “things we need”. I’ve been trying to purge as much as possible, but you just can’t get rid of everything. We knew when we moved into this house, we would have at least one child here (hopefully). But now, looking at the space, we have no idea where we would put said child. So, I’ve been thinking and planning and trying to figure out how we could rearrange/reassign rooms so that we have a “baby room”. We ARE NOT having a kid yet…. just so I’m clear! I’m 99% sure there IS NOT a baby on the way. haha. But, we do want to have this figured out for when there IS a kid on the way because we will have plenty of other baby things to do to the house then.

I finally decided that I wanted to cram the guest room and art room both into the art room. This room is TINY! I think I measured 9 by 11?! The other room is larger, which technically would make more sense for a room with two functions. But, if we have a second child in this house OR the kid has a ton of stuff (most likely) we will need the kid room to be the larger one. Plus, we don’t have guests that often and I tend to take my art downstairs to do anyway.

Here are the plans I have very roughly drawn up and they are not at all to scale:

The guest bed that we have that would go in here is between a twin and a full. It’s SUPER old and I love it just for that. I was thinking about doing a twin with a trundle, but I’m pretty sure we can comfortably get this bed in there. I’d put the chair that is currently in the guest room in there and keep the desk chair I have as well.

The wall that the door is on would have wall to wall work surface and storage. I would cut out a space for my light table, too. I’d have some under counter storage (not sure what), but mostly everything would be on shelves up top. My sewing machine would also have to go over here. I also plan to get some storage bins for under the bed and then I’ll need to make a long bedskirt to cover it up. Maybe with some velcro so I can easily take it all off to get under there.

The closet in this room is weird because the chimney comes up through half of it. It used to have those sliding doors on it, but I took them off and just recently replaced the actual closet part with a curtain. I will add hooks and things to the other side for guests to hang stuff up. I will most likely use most of the closet for art storage. However, there is access to the attic in here, so I’m going to have to get crafty about the shelving.

The reason the pics are all light pink is because I was thinking of painting this room a VERY pale shade of pink. This is the only room in the house we haven’t painted yet, so I am looking forward to it! I have some fabric that I think would go well with pale pink and also I just love pink, so why not.

We’d also probably add a mirror to the back of the door so guests can get ready/dressed in there.

Anyway, ROUGH ideas of where we are. Now I just have to save up the money to do this. I’m going to try to make a trip to IKEA in July, so maybe that will get us going.

Laundry Room Update

Here are some updated laundry room pictures.

I finished repainting the walls. It’s the same color, but I actually had to repaint everything because we had to get a new gallon and it wasn’t exactly drying the same shade as before.

We rehung the light. I added a temporary curtain for privacy, but I still don’t know what I’m going to do there. Again, sorry about the terrible pictures. My camera was dying when I took them so I am blaming it on that.

We still have to paint the baseboards and some trim pieces and add some crown molding to hide places where the drywall doesn’t meet perfectly. And also touch up the ceiling paint. Maybe this weekend!

The vanity is new. It is from lowes! You can find it here. We thought it was the best bang for our buck. Looks nice, well built, but not uber expensive. It is only the laundry/half bath after all. We did shop around and this is what we liked the best. And the price includes the vanity top, which not all come with one.

I added these pegs to hang our brooms, etc. Not the prettiest solution, but usually the door is there to cover that (when its open) but we haven’t put the door back up yet. I want to get a new door because the old one is in bad shape. We’ll see. If we ever decide the brooms and things can go somewhere else, those pegs can be used for laundry purposes.

Anyway, still needs work, but getting closer all the time.

And on a completely unrelated note:

I painted that for my mom! Still needs some touching up and a coat of poly (b/c it is a floor mat!) but she loves it. Her favorite things are pink and tulips so how could she not?! haha.

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

New Furniture!

Well, new to us, but actually quite old I think.

Since both of Dave’s grandparents passed away last year, the family has been cleaning out their old house and distributing all of their stuff. We were lucky enough to get an ENTIRE bedroom set– a headboard, 2 night stands, a dresser (with mirror), and an armoire. Of course, we had some bedroom furniture, and considering our bedroom is still rather small, it couldn’t all go in there. Plus, I really hate stuff that is too matchy matchy in rooms.

So, we obviously put the headboard in our room along with the night stands. It was nice to get rid of the mismatched ones we had before. We gave them to Dave’s sister who is getting married in July. Thats how furniture works… you just pass it down and around until someone wants to keep it forever. They all need a makeover– not sure what– but it adds to the room. You will also notice, I moved all of the stuff from the den into our bedroom. At least rearranging is FREE!! (sorry about the terrible picture quality, not sure what happened there)

We put the armoire in the living room. I had to completely rearrange this room so it wouldn’t look out of place. I like the wood in here (I think), but the combo of wood and hardware is dating it, so something will change. I looks like it would be a perfect spot for a small tv, but alas, all shelves. I have put linens and stuff in there for now. Maybe we can retrofit it for a small tv one day.

The dresser we decided was a perfect size for a tv console/cabinet! It was the same wood finish with the same hardware as the other pieces, but I have already painted it! I think we will keep the wood top for now, but maybe change the color of that part one day too. It still needs new hardware… really just any hardware because the drawers are hard to open. We stored all of our video games and movies in the drawers and behind the doors we put our game consoles and stuff. There were drawers there too, so we had to take them out and retrofit the shelves with a piece of MDF so it was level and flush. Its super unfinished in there, and I don’t know that we will ever make it better. Where the cable box is was another drawer that we took out and retrofitted too. The inside of this will need to be painted something, someday, but we are holding off. We haven’t done anything with the mirror yet. It is sitting in the living room (along with mr. goose who needs to be hung up again).

Anyway, thats where we are right now. I promise I will have some more laundry room pics soon! All of the major stuff is finished in there.