Color So Nice, I Had To Use It Twice

Welp, I painted the bathroom.

The bathroom did not need to be painted. It was a perfectly fine shade of mint green. It was light and bright. Yet I painted it anyway.

I just couldn’t help myself. I love this color so much! I recently painted the office (Muted Ebony by Valspar) and as soon as I put it on the walls, I knew it needed to go up in another room too. First I thought of the entry way, because I have the urge to change things up in there. And I thought the darker color would hide some of the marks and things on the walls that seem to inevitably happen in the entry way. But then, I decided it would look so great in the upstairs bathroom. And I was right.

I have a lot of black and white going on in the bathroom already along with some warm wood tones. The mint green on the walls was fine…but just fine. Not too exciting. Things were just starting to feel a little blah. So I thought I would shake things up and do a two-tone wall with dark gray on the bottom and a bright white on the top to keep things from getting too dark in there.

Here is a look at the before.

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This room only has one window, but it gets great light in here so I knew the dark, dark gray wouldn’t make the room too dark. I think if I had taken the gray all the way up the walls, it would’ve been a tad too dark.

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It was a spur of the moment decision to paint, but I’m really happy with the result. It feels so much more pulled together in here now and I love how my plants pop off the gray and white!

 

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Office Space

It’s still a work in progress, but I just wanted to take a moment and note that there is PAINT ON THE WALLS!

I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone over two years without painting the paneling in the office. It is literally the first room you see when you walk into the house as it is directly across from the front door. You also get a good view of it from the playroom and the kitchen, which are the two rooms I spend the most time in. And now that it is painted, and painted such a lovely color, I find myself admiring it from every viewpoint.

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Originally there was a door on that doorway in the pic above, but we ended up taking it off because it really closed off the house. With it off we have a much better flow and even though the first floor is not ‘open concept’, each room does open up to the next and creates a circular pathway. I pulled the desk away from the wall and added some much needed seating to create a walkway.

Also, how great are these retro office chairs?! We scored three of them…for FREE. They are from our bank and were sitting in the basement unused. We asked about them and offered to buy them if they were ever for sale and they ended up giving us these three (the other one is currently in our bedroom)! I plan re-upholstering them some day, but I kind of like them as-is right now and they are super comfy.File_003(1).jpeg

 

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Moving the desk away from wall was also necessary because of the lighting in here. There is a small chandelier in the center of the room. With the desk up against the wall, we weren’t getting much light on the desk. All the light was falling behind the desk on our back  which made it really hard to read any papers or anything on the desk. Now with the light directly over the desk, it is much easier to see in here. We would like to replace the light one day too as soon as we find something we really like.

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I hung some IKEA Grundtal shelves we had in storage. The two metal storage units are actually one unit that can be stacked on top of one another. It was a Craigslist find.  I unstacked it because we needed more surface area in here for the printer and things that need to be filed away. It works great for Brian because he can store all of is catalogues and price sheets and everything is easy to see and grab.

I still have a lot of organizing to do in here and I also have the closet to organize. I think cleaning out the closet will make a huge difference, but it is such a daunting task that I keep putting off…It’s still on the to-do list, it’s just at the very, very bottom of it. I’m really weird about organizing things. I will put it off and put it off and then one day I’ll wake up and it is ALL I can think about until I just hammer it out. Is anyone else like that? Basically it just won’t get done until I’m in the mood.

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So that’s it for now. I still have lots to do, but I’m so happy there is paint on the walls finally. And I am so in love with this dark gray. I have already started painting it in another room, which if you follow me on Instagram, you already know about. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@thegoldbrickroad)….you should!

Inspirado: Office

Some rooms I search endlessly for inspiration and design ideas. I usually go back and forth and change my mind a hundred times. Other rooms I know exactly what I want to do with zero hesitation.

The office is one of the few rooms that I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the moment we moved in. And yet, I haven’t touched it since we got here. We use our office…a lot. My husband runs his business out of there and I get so overwhelmed with the thought of organizing everything.

Now that the rest of the house is somewhat in order, I really have no excuse to put it off anymore. Since Brian does use the office the most, I want to cater to him a little more than the rest of us. He could care less what it looks like, he just wants it to be functional. Which I totally get….BUT I need it to look nice too. It is literally the first room of our house you see when you walk in thanks to it’s location across from the entry way.

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Here is a pic of the office right after we moved in. Sadly it still looks a lot like this. It has acted as a catch-all for a long time. The first act of business is to remove anything that doesn’t really NEED to be in the room. We have had the treadmill in here for a little over a year and it never got used….like ever. So it has since been moved to the living room to try to motivate us to use it more. It also housed the dog kennel for a long time so it needs to move elsewhere too. The other issue is a lack of surface space. Everything gets piled onto the desk because it is the only place to set things down and then it turns into a big ‘ol pile of stress. We also need seating for other people for meetings or when I’m in there helping Brian.  Here are some visuals so you can see what direction I’m heading in.

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Right now are we are working with only one desk, but we both agree that this t-shape configuration is the ultimate set-up. I would love to each have our own workspace and a place for the kids to work on homework or crafts. This will happen someday….someday.

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Love this dark gray. It is masculine, but something I can totally live with too. There is so much clutter and paperwork floating around the office so I definitely like a nice neutral backdrop.

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I like the idea of filing cabinets doing double duty as both necessary storage AND holding up the desk. I also really like the way they are finished to fit in with the décor.

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Lastly, I would love a small command center. We need a place to sort the mail and keep it from ending up on the office desk in a big pile. Our calendar gets a lot of use. Brian goes out of town for work fairly often so I need it to keep track of when he’s going to be gone. I use it to plan dinners for the week. And I absolutely need it to write down doctor appointments and things like that because my brain just cannot be trusted.

Office To-Do List:

  • paint the paneling (obviously)
  • hang shelves
  • organize the office closet (it’s full and I don’t even know what’s in it!)
  • better utilize the storage we have
  • build/buy a multi-person desk (need to get rid of the current desk first to make room)
  • make a command center (calendar, mail box, cork board, etc.)
  • new light fixture

I probably won’t get to all of this stuff right away, but I will getting started on some of it. (Which will be a huge improvement from blatantly ignoring it all!) Paint is first on my list. I can’t believe I’ve gone this whole time without painting it yet!

 

UGH…That Ceiling

Before we even moved into this house, I knew I was going to have to address the ceiling in Hollis’ room eventually. I’ve been dreading it, clearly, since we’ve lived here over 2 years and I haven’t touched it yet….

My only diy experience with ceilings, is painting them. I hate painting ceilings. A lot. However,  I wish all this ceiling needed was a fresh coat of paint, but it needs much, much more.

(Sorry for the dark pictures, but I had to turn the shadows on so you could see the cracks!)

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Our house is 100+ years old, so we are very used to cracks in the ceilings and walls from settling. And if this was drywall or plaster, I could just fill in those cracks with spackle and call it a day. BUT, this ceiling is covered in paper and the cracks have been taped up and papered over time and time again. I have no idea what is under the paper, and I’m too scared to find out!

We thought about drywalling and texturing the ceiling, but we would eventually end up with cracks in it too over time. I think our best option is to find something to cover the ceiling with. We have ceiling tiles in 3 rooms in the house, so that’s definitely an option. I’ve also been searching ideas on Pinterest for other ideas and found a ton of paneled and wood planked ceilings. I love the look so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent hours, HOURS, looking at these wood planked ceilings. There are so many and they are all so lovely. I think the rustic look will fit in so well in our old farmhouse. I’m hoping it will tie in with the wood trim and add some texture and warmth. And best of all, I don’t have to paint it!

 

 

 

Mini Makovever: Living Room

Okay so…some may argue that painting an entire room isn’t a “mini” makeover, BUT I’m counting this as one because 1.) our living room is not very large 2.) there isn’t a lot of paintable wall space with all of the doorways, trim, faux brick wall and windows 3.) it was totally free. The whole makeover only took two days and honestly I could’ve gotten it done in a lot less time, but I have a newborn who requires a lot of my attention…and I’m happy to take a break that involves some baby cuddles. 🙂

I had zero intention of making over the living room last weekend. It’s a funny thing, having a new baby makes me notice little things I normally wouldn’t pay much attention to.  I find myself sitting (nursing) A LOT. Like all day and night. While sitting and nursing Bo for like the millionth time, I was staring at our faux brick wall in the living room next to the t.v. and decided that I wasn’t crazy about the shelves hanging on it. Which led to me thinking that I was kind of tired of looking at all the things on the shelf. Which led to me noticing all the paint touch-ups I needed to do in the room. Which led me to thinking I need to repaint the whole room. This is how my brain works. It’s exhausting.

I liked the blue that was in here, but when we first moved here, I wanted some color on the walls so badly that I just grabbed what we had without thinking it through too much. The paint I used was not originally meant for painting paneling. I also only had enough to paint the room and not a drop more. So every time the walls got scratched (which happened because I didn’t use the right paint) or I moved something hanging on the wall, I didn’t have anything to do touch-ups with. My only options were to get more paint for touch-ups or to start over with new paint. I decided to just suck it up and re-paint with paint meant for paneling. I went with a light beige with gray undertones that I had on hand to freshen things up and keep things neutral so that I could change other things in the room or leave them as is.

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This is the wall that started this makeover. See how dinky that little shelf looks? I got a second shelf to add to the wall to help balance things out, but it still wasn’t really doing it for me. The shelves just sort of faded into the white, brick wall. So I decided to paint the metal brackets black instead of brushed nickel to help them stand out a little more.

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I also added some black frames to bring some more contrast to the wall and I think it helps a lot. Please ignore the hideous wires under the t.v., I am still trying to figure out what to do with those guys.

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You can see the rest of the room hasn’t changed a whole lot. Same curtains (though I’m looking for new ones) and furniture. I switched out some of the accessories and moved some things around. I’m planning on adding some bamboo roman shades to these windows to match what we have in the kitchen and hallway. We are also looking to add some more seating in here. I would like to add a loveseat or small sofa, but the hubs wants a recliner so……yeah. We’ve yet to agree on anything.

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I still have a few things to hang on the walls, but I like this new direction the room has taken. Things were starting to feel cluttered and kind of crazy in here. It feels good to change things up every so often without re-doing everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

 

 

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Clockwise: Jade Plant // Succulents // Rubber Plant // Snake Plant // Air Plants // Iron Plant

Spring is officially here! I am patiently waiting for the plant nurseries around here to open up. All winter I’ve been making a list of plants I want to pick up, as I do every year, but this year I have done some research and made a list of ‘hard to kill’ plants. I like to consider myself fairly domesticated, but apparently that stops at maintaining plants. I was not blessed with a green thumb, but I am trying really hard to at least fake it ’til I make it. Here is what is on my list…so far.

 

Jade Plant

A few years ago, Brian and I bought a Jade plant. It’s the first plant we’ve had that has really thrived and it has been so easy to care for. Seriously, it is practically indestructible. The thing has been outside, inside, in full sun, in not full sun, and it always looks awesome. It only needs water every couple of weeks, at most. It has been living in our upstairs bath since we moved here, and it makes the space feel so happy and alive. I think every room in our house needs a little green. So now I’m on the hunt for more low-maintenance plants that look awesome.

Succulents 

I love succulents. I love all the colors and variation. They are hardy little plants, even though, I have admittedly killed my fair share of them. I have learned they need to get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. I try to keep mine near an East-facing window and that seems to help. They need to be watered when you notice the soil is dry, except in the Winter time, then they just need water every 2 weeks or so. Succulents also need a good water-draining soil if they are going to be in a container.

Rubber Plant

I want to get something with some height to it, like a small tree. I think a rubber plant would be good for that. It needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. It requires a little more attention during the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off. During the dormant season, it may only need watered once or twice a month. If the leaves begin to droop, but not fall off, increase the water you give the rubber tree houseplant gradually until the leaves perk back up again.

Snake Plant

I’ve also been looking for a Snake plant, which are also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue. I actually tried to snag one last Spring, but none of the nurseries around here had any, so I am determined to get one this Spring. They do well in low light and require little watering. I have also heard that they can purify the air in your home which is awesome. I would love to put one in each of our bedrooms.

Air Plants

I have been seeing these guys pop up on blog after blog. I’m intrigued. These beautiful little guys grow with no soil. Their roots are used only to attach themselves to things. You can just plop them down without a pot or anything.  They need little water, just a mist once or twice a week. They love warm weather, but do well in partial shade. Don’t let them sit somewhere that gets lower than 45 degrees.

Cast Iron Plant (Iron Plant)

I mean, a plant with that name, has to be a sturdy son of gun, right? These guys can pretty much grow in the dark and they require little water. The plant also thrives in very hot, dry summers and is not easily damaged by cold winters. Insects seem to leave it alone, and it very rarely is bothered by disease of any kind. This plant would be great if you are just trying to add a little green to a space.

What indoor plants have you had good luck with? I’d love to check some more out this Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

Hang It Up

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Right?! Daylight savings never used to bother me until I had little ones. Little ones who already refuse to go to sleep before 10pm….They’ll sleep when they’re teenagers right?  Anyway, I have a project this week that, even with lack of sleep, is easy to accomplish. I am all about easy, quick projects these days. Between changing diapers, fetching apple juice, nursing, and trying to keep the house from looking like a bomb went off, my project list is being severely neglected.

I started making over our upstairs bathroom way back here. I had originally thought I was going to go with a boho kind of feel in there, but it has evolved into something entirely different. It all started after I made over this antique cabinet that came with the house.  The black and white tile I chose for the top really inspired me to stick with a simple color scheme.  I added some rustic wood shelves over the toilet, which led to adding some wood frames for my black and white prints, which led to this project. Towel racks.

I needed two towel racks, one near the sink and one near the bathtub. I shopped around, but didn’t really find anything I liked. I knew I wanted to bring in more wood tones, and I have a ton of metal hooks that I’ve found in closets in the house that I wanted to re-purpose. I made a rustic wood coat rack in the entry way and decided to repeat that process, but I wanted to change it up a little bit and add a simple black design to it.

I started by spray painting my metal hooks black so they all matched. While they dried, I also cut down my wood to size.

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Next, I used a coffee stain (one part coffee grounds + one part vinegar) and applied it with steel wool until I got the color I desired.

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You could skip this next step, but I wanted to add a graphic, black print to my wood. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to draw, but I just grabbed a straight edge and a sharpie and went to town.

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I started drawing some lines at different angles and left some negative space for the wood to show through.

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I did the same technique to the other, smaller piece of wood, but I went with a little bit different design so that the two towel racks would go together, but not be too matchy. I also measured out where I wanted my hooks and pre-drilled my holes.

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Here it is hung up with the freshly painted, black hooks. It’s really, pretty subtle in person, which I like. You could make the lines more heavy for a bolder look.

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I just love how they pick up the other hints of black and warm wood tones in the room.

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We still have a few things to check off in this room, but things are feeling a lot more finished in here. I love having a plan for a room, but I also like when things come together more organically over time too.

Things left to do:

  • change out the light fixture
  • add the claws back to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower to the tub
  • add some storage to the sink area