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!

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…

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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.

Update: Kitchen

We’ve been living with the ‘new’ kitchen for a while now and we’ve really been enjoying it. It’s finally starting to feel like home and things seem to be in their permanent home and not in constant flux. At first I wasn’t sure about the kitchen also serving as the dining room, but it’s turning out to be quite nice. We had a formal dining room in the old house and I think we used maybe three times. Now we actually find ourselves eating at the table instead of the living room which is a lot more convenient with a baby. It’s so easy to just slide Hollis’ high chair over to the table and eat as a family.

I’ve been painstakingly painting the trim throughout the kitchen, bathroom, entry way, and laundry room. I hate it. Painting trim is at the top of the list of things I loath, but more on that later. I’ve got the trim in the kitchen finished so I thought I would post some updated kitchen pics while things were fairly tidy in here. I also got the window treatments hung back up.  I like how they help tie in our dark wood furniture and they are good at blocking out the sunlight on hot days.

Here’s a look at the kitchen when I last posted about it…

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IMG_0505IMG_0509IMG_0515IMG_0517^I’m also really liking our ‘island’, which is just the Varde drawer cabinet from Ikea. We bought it for the kitchen in our last house because we were lacking in cabinet and counter space. It made me a little sad that I might not have a use for it in this kitchen since we have plenty of storage and workspace. We decided to try it as an island since the space between the stove and sink is so large. It’s been so handy, I actually use it every day.

IMG_0506^I wanted to take these top cabinets down and add some floating shelves. But in order to do that, I will have to replace the backsplash since the tiles go up around the cabinet. I’m not confident enough with my tiling removing skills to get the tiles off without breaking all of them. So until we are ready to replace the backsplash around the entire kitchen, I’m just going to live with the cabinet. My compromise was to make it an open cabinet for storing some of my dishware that is in heavy rotation. It’s nice to have easy access to them while I’m cooking.

And just for fun, here is a look side-by-side look at how things have changed since we moved in…

beforeandaftersinkbeforeandafterstoveBack to painting I go…

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?…

Knock. Knock.

That little gem is my inner first grade comedian coming out. You’re welcome.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the laundry room lately…Not actually doing much laundry though. Normally I avoid the laundry room for as long as possible. I think I’ve mentioned before that this is the first real laundry room I’ve had, so I really want to make all of my laundry dreams come true and make it awesome. I’m claiming it as MY room. (not that anyone was fighting me for that title) I figure it’s the only room I will ever get to myself since no one else wants to hang out in there, and if they do, I will be sure to put them to work. I need it to be a place I actually want to spend some time in. Even if it’s just to close the door and scream into a pile of dirty laundry….because that happens some days.

When we moved in, our laundry room was looking a little sad, and a lot dirty. Definitely not a place I would want to hang out for too long. My shiny new washer and dryer looked so out-of-place in there.

 

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Don’t get me wrong, it was still a giant step-up from our last confessional booth laundry room. And and a giant-er (that’s a word) step-up from our last washing machine. I so wanted to do this to it.

 

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The first necessary change was pulling out the carpet and laying tile which you can read about here. We are really loving the tile, especially how much easier it is to keep clean in the entry/laundry/kitchen and bathroom.

 

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I knew I wanted a bright, cheery color. It’s a small room, but not tiny and it gets good natural light thanks to a small window, so I knew it could handle a bold color. I had leftover orange paint from our last house, we used it in the office before it became the nursery. I liked it then, but with the wood floors in the room, it just never really worked for me. The glossy wood floors would really reflect the wall color and bounce light around, it just was too much going on. But here, with our new matte gray tile, I thought I would try it again. If I end up hating it, I can always paint over it.

The first coat was not looking promising. I used Sherwin-Williams Exciting Orange. I use Sherwin-Williams paint a lot and have had very few issues with it but, for some reason this color is super watery. I remember it being runny when I used it at the last house too. So instead of my usual two-coat application, this was more of a four coat (five in some places) application.  You can see in this pic below, the right side is one coat and the left side is two coats. Luckily it’s a small room and I still got it painted pretty fast.

 

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This brown wall is what took five coats…..I hated this wall.

 

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So…four to five coats later,  I was left with a cheery, peachy orange. I just love gray and orange together, it’s one of my favorite color combos. It feels really fresh and modern and gets me in the mood to fluff and fold, well, as much as one can be in the mood for that.

 

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And here’s the mostly finished product. I figured I better snap some pics before the laundry roles in. It’s just so happy and clean…it will never be this clean again…EVER. The trim also got painted a nice bright white, I don’t regret that decision at all, it really needed it.

 

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I’ve been living with my new room for a couple of weeks now, and I’m loving it.  It’s the only room that I’m not constantly picking things up in, it just stays nice and clean. All it needs now is a wine fridge, a chaise lounge, and a pile of my fave design mags and I would be “doing laundry” ALL the time!

You Know That Saved By the Bell Episode…

tumblr_mkiivoW7ke1r0qrbeo1_400Where Jesse is SO excited and hopped up on caffeine pills?! Well that was me, minus the pill part, when we ripped out the carpet in the entry way, laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen!! I might have even done the running man and moon walked around a couple of times…just a couple though. It immediately felt cleaner…and smelled better. Putting carpet in a bathroom, around a toilet, is just the worst idea EVER.

We hired a neighbor of ours to do the job. Neither Brian or myself have really ever done any tiling, and we didn’t want a job this big (about 480 sq. ft.) to be our first experience with it. If we just had the bathroom or entry way to do, we may have attempted to do it ourselves. Also, it’s a really old house and the walls are not all perfectly straight. We learned that one wall in the kitchen is off about 3 inches, so we were glad we hired someone with a lot of experience to tackle the job.

So here is a bunch of before and after pictures of the rooms that got new tile. Basically the whole front of the house that was added on had the carpet replaced. The tile looks a little brown in these pics, but it’s really a taupe-y gray color. We used the same tile throughout to give it a nice cohesive look. You can see in some the pics that I’m in the process of painting the trim bright white. I loath painting trim, but somebody’s got to do it.

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097photo 4-001190photo 5-001180160177186185I’ve got big plans for the entry way and bathroom, I can’t wait to dive into them, but I’m trying to pace myself! I still have some work to finish up in the kitchen. That trim is not going to paint itself after all, as much as I really, really wish it would…like REALLY.