Inspirado: Master Bedroom

I’m so excited to finally get around to painting our master bedroom. We bought a brand new king size bed (which is heaven by the way) when we moved into this house, but other than that, we haven’t touched anything in our bedroom. So now that little miss’ room is complete, I feel less guilty moving on to our room even though I have lots of rooms on the main floor that still need attention. I’m afraid if I don’t get the master done now, it will be years before I get around to it.

I feel like our bedroom has been kind of a hodgepodge of a room. So I really want this makeover to feel more cohesive and grown up. I got the idea of a moody, dark bedroom in my head and now I can’t picture anything else. I’ve been looking at navy bedrooms and….I’m OBSESSED. I’ve already bought paint and had to get some on the walls immediately. I’m so in love with the color, I love it so much I would marry it…if I wasn’t already married that is. I don’t usually go for such dark colors, but navy really is the best color ever. It goes with practically everything. It’s like your favorite pair of blue jeans, but on the wall.

Here is a peek at some of my inspiration:

I really love the monochromatic look of these rooms. I like the whites, blues, browns, and grays together. They all feel really grown up and modern. You could easily add more color in if you wanted, I have yet to find a color I didn’t like with navy.  I made a mood board with some pieces I have and some that I’m pining over.

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Color Conundrum: Picking Paint Colors

Everyone has a hobby. Some people love to scuba dive, polka dance, or….iron….? (extreme ironing is seriously a thing you guys) What’s my hobby?  My hobby is picking out paint colors.  People, do you realize how excited about paint swatches as I get? Sometimes I even make up rooms that need to be painted JUST so I can pick out paint for them. (Extreme ironing doesn’t sound so weird now, does it?) So moving into a house where every room needs to be painted, is basically awesome for me.

In our last house, I was very safe with my paint color selections. We lived in a split-level with a fairly open floor plan. From the living room, you could see the dining room, kitchen, entry, and the upper and lower hallways. To keep things cohesive, I used a really neutral gray color palette. We also repeated a lot of the same wall colors.  For instance, the dining room was the same color as our master and the living room was the same color as the hallway and guest room. Not only did we save a little money by getting the most out of our paint, but it also created a nice flow throughout the house.

When we first moved to the farm-house, I wasn’t crazy about the idea of having so many closed-off rooms. Our house was built-in the 1890’s so open floor plans weren’t really a thing then.  I missed the open feeling of our last house. Now after living here for a few months, I’m starting to really like having clearly separate rooms that can be closed off when we want. It’s also kind a of game-changer when it comes to picking out paint colors. Since you can’t see the whole house from one room, I feel like I can be a little more adventurous with my paint selection. I still love a good neutral, but I feel like I should embrace this opportunity to experiment with a little more color.

Here’s what colors we have going on so far…

sparkling lake valspar

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exciting orange

Exciting Orange Sherwin-Williams

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grayish sherwin williams

Grayish Sherwin-Williams

IMG_0517These three rooms are all connected by the entry way so I need the entry way paint color to compliment each room. I wanted something just neutral enough that it would look good next to other colors, but not necessarily beige or white. My first thought was a darker gray, similar or even the same as the color of the cabinets in the kitchen. But I was afraid it would look too cold or  be overkill with all the gray going on in the kitchen.  I want it too feel like its own space and not an extension of the kitchen. I ended up with a very pale mint green. It reads kind of gray on the computer screen, but in person it is the perfect shade of pale, pale mint.

ante meridian valsparHere it is before I started painting. I have to admit the brown bothered me a lot less with our new floor and painted trim. As you can see I filled in a lot of nail holes. (just wait ’til you see all the nail holes in the bedrooms!)

IMG_0664IMG_0663Here it is after one coat, sorry for the terrible lighting in this photo, but I wanted to show you how green it really can be.  And yes, I still need to paint that trim around the attic access. I keep forgetting about it until I see it in pics!

thegoldbrickroad.comAnd here it is after two coats. I was a little worried it was too green after the first coat, but after two coats, it’s calmed down a bit.  I think the white trim helps show its true color. I love how subtle the green is, it changes throughout the day in different light.

IMG_0758I still have a lot to do in here, (and a lot to do with that sad little bench) but I am glad all the brown is gone and all the holes are patched up. I want to do something fun on the walls. Nothing too fancy, but I definitely want to add some charm to the entry way since it’s the first room everyone sees.

Oh, Lighten Up

Normally I love to paint. It’s such a cheap, fast way to makeover a room or piece of furniture. I love cracking open a can of paint, especially a new color I haven’t used before. I can usually knock out a room in a day or two with no problem. There’s not a room that my paintbrush and I couldn’t tackle.

Until I started painting the living room…in all of its wood-paneled glory.

photo 3-006photo 2-005I feel like this room has taken forever to paint. Because it has. I actually started painting this room as soon as we moved in. (a few months ago) I couldn’t wait to paint over the paneling and I knew exactly what paint color I was going to use.  I’ve painted paneling before so I wasn’t too worried. I got one wall done and then, I don’t know what happened, I lost my mojo…my painting mojo (it’s a thing).

Fortunately, Hollis’ baptism is next weekend and I will have a house full of people. Nothing lights a fire under my bum like the pressure of having people see my house and judge me. I’m fairly certain my house would never get dusted without the fear of someone randomly stopping by or having to take photos for this here blog. Don’t get me wrong, the room is nowhere near finished, but at least we no longer have one half painted wall and three wood-paneled walls. (Although I do still  have a half painted brick wall. Sigh.)

Here’s how it went down. Slowly. Here’s how it slowly went down. I think I maybe averaged 1/2  a wall per week.

I had to cut in around the ceiling, trim, and then I had to use a small brush to get into all those grooves in the paneling. I hate those grooves. I may have used some choice words while filling in those grooves.

IMG_0335We painted the trim in the newer part of the house, but we are leaving the original woodwork in the older part. I’ve never had dark wood trim, I’ve always had white, so choosing paint colors is a whole new adventure now. I taped off around the floor boards, but I just cut-in with a small brush around windows and doors.

IMG_0332One bad thing about paneling is, that it hides all the nail holes and imperfections in it with the busy wood grain pattern. I had a heckuva time seeing all the holes  that nails left behind until after I got a coat of paint on it. So I had to do all my wood filling after my paint dried, which didn’t speed things up any.

IMG_0331It’s also really obvious if you forget to paint a groove, or don’t fill one in all the way….this was also a time-sucker.

IMG_0334I eventually got in a rhythm and got all my cutting in done, then filled my grooves, then rolled on two coats to finish it off. The whole process shouldn’t have taken so long. I blame myself mostly. I get easily distracted, especially in the living room where the baby’s playing and the t.v. is on. That darn Pioneer Woman makes me want to stop whatever I’m doing and get in the kitchen and make something. So really this all her fault if you think about it.

Anyway, things are looking much lighter and happier in here. I like the way the pale blue looks with all of our dark brown furniture. Even that futon, which is not a permanent inhabitant of this room. He’s just visiting until we find something else.

IMG_0527IMG_0529IMG_0533Here is a close-up of the curtains. I love them. I love them so much I’d marry them if I wasn’t already married.

IMG_0545Now that the little one is officially crawling, we are in full baby proofing mode. That’s why our coffee table is against the wall like it’s being punished. And we have the wall mount for the t.v. ready to go, I just need the hubby’s help getting it hung up there. You can also see I’ve started to prime the brick wall, I’m sure it will take another month or so for me to get that done too.

IMG_0530I still have a couple of seams where the panels but up against each other that need to be filled with more than just paint. You can see what I mean in this photo below. That pesky seam on the left corner is practically screaming at me. Overall, I feel like the light blue really contrasts with the dark brown and shows off the great detail on the wood trim. Details that seemed lost next to the busy wood grain on the paneling.

IMG_0532Here’s my checklist for this room:

  • paint walls
  • wipe down/clean trim
  • hang curtains
  • hang artwork/decor
  • hang t.v.
  • add floating shelves to the t.v. wall
  • prime/paint brick
  • find window covering for door
  • replace futon
  • organize toys
  • replace carpet (some day)
  • fill panel seams
  • new furniture (this one’s a long way down the road and I mostly just put it on here to see if the hubby’s reading)

The Best 99¢ I Ever Spent…

First impressions are everything right? Our house is giving off a pretty sad first impression. Like a, ‘do I really want to go in there?’, ‘is this the house from Texas Chainsaw Massacre?’ kind of impression. I’m okay with some people not wanting to enter, but for the most part, I would like our home to be welcoming and pleasing to the eye.

IMG_1438The paint is peeling off of the metal siding in chunks. We need to add some landscaping. And the front door could use a fresh coat of paint. I decided to the easiest/fastest fix would be the front door. Our house is white, so I thought choosing a paint color for the front door would be a piece of cake…it wasn’t. My first thought was something dark to hide all the dirt and stains that will inevitably end up on the door, but navy and black ended up being too much of a contrast. Then I thought a fun, bright color would be nice, but they all seemed too bright next to the bright white.

I ended up with a nice teal with gray undertones. It’s happy…but not too happy. Like a blue that looks like it likes to have a good time, know what I mean??

photo (8)I wanted the color to be the same on both the front and back of the door. Luckily I haven’t picked a color for the entry way, so I was pretty much free to do whatever color I wanted. Of course now, I will have to choose my entry way wall paint accordingly.

166The first coat went on fast, I painted the whole door in about twenty minutes and left it to dry for twenty-four hours. That twenty-four hours turned into about a week while I got distracted with other projects…mostly painting trim in the kitchen. It’s taking forever. So this is what one coat looks like.

172 170174After I FINALLY got around to that much-needed second coat, I pulled out my favorite tool. My 99¢ razor blade scraper. It’s seriously one of my favorite tools. I hate prep work, especially taping things off before I paint. I know it’s necessary, and will save me a lot of time later in most cases, but I still hate it. And in this case (painting glass areas) taping would have been a complete waste of time. I used a latex paint which made for extra easy scraping.

088 091 090I mean, look at that beautiful mess on the floor. It’s one of my favorite sites.

086And look how pretty after all the scraping! The scraping took about 10 minutes on each side of the door. MUCH faster than having to tape off all of those triangles.

092 photo 1-013 photo 3-011As you can see we also went ahead and switched out the handle for a new one and added a deadbolt (which helps me sleep better at night).  I would really like to just take off that screen door, but the flies out here are out. of. control. so it’s really quite necessary. I do plan on replacing it one of these days though. Still a lot of work to do to make the front of the house more inviting, but at least we are one step closer!