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!

Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo Continued

Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comIt’s only been a few days, but I’m already really happy with the way the closet turned out. I still have a few more things to do, but it’s definitely feeling close to being done!

I really debated whether or not to paint the interior of the closet. Ultimately, I knew it was now or never, so I just bit the bullet and did it. I’m glad I did, it just feels much brighter and cleaner now. I will say however, painting the closet took waaaaay longer than actually installing the Closetmaid system.

Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com After all the paint dried, I hung the first support bracket.

Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comNext, the other two support brackets went up and got screwed into the wall. Easy peasy.

Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comThe next step is a little bit trickier because I had to cut my shelves down to size. Still super easy, I just have an irrational fear of slicing my fingers off with the saw. Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter my shelves were hung, I added the rods. They also needed to be cut down to size. Once I put them up, I just hung an item of clothing to check and see if they were hung where I wanted them. Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comOnce my side was complete, I took my measurements and started on Brian’s side. The whole thing took about 45 min start to finish. Not including painting, which I managed to drag out for a couple of days. Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com My next goal was to go through the giant mass of clothes that I had taken out of the closet and spewed all over the guest room, and purge what I no longer needed. It went surprisingly well. I got rid of things I had been holding onto (and not wearing) for years. I decided to just start by picking out the clothes that I actually do wear on a regular basis and hang them up in the new closet, and then rummage through what was left over to figure out what to donate. It made the process a lot easier for me. It also made me realize that I wear a LOT of black and white….specifically black and white stripes. I promise I do wear color, but most of my colorful things are t-shirts and dresses (which don’t go in this closet). For me, keeping my go-to, staple items neutral is just easier for me to come up with an outfit and feel put together quickly.Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com Sharing Is Caring: Closet Redo // thegoldbrickroad.comThe hubs still needs to go through his clothes, but he’s been busy with hay the last few days, so he gets a pass. I also still need to add his shoes, I think they are just going to go under our clothes on both sides. I was hoping to have room for some shelves or a shoe rack in the middle of the back wall, but I haven’t found anything that fits right. I also need to fix the light in our closet, it has a pull switch that is missing the pull. Right now we turn it on/off by screwing/unscrewing the bulb. Not the safest thing to do and is really hard for short people like me.

Now I just have to figure out the other closet….and all those shoes!

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Sharing Is Caring: His and Hers Closet

Lately I’m finding myself focusing less on design projects and more on practical projects that make our everyday lives easier. I’ve been organizing left and right trying to simplify as much as possible. Our bedroom closets need the most organizing, but I’ve been putting them off for a couple of reasons. 1. We have a lot of crap. 2. One of the closets is an odd shape and I have no idea how to make it more functional.

I’ve decided to just suck it up and get started on them anyway. We have one closet that my hubby and I have been sharing. It’s not a huge closet, but it is nice and deep and with a little reconfiguring, we should both be able to have about 6′ of hanging space each. The other closet sits under the attic stairs, so it’s a bit trickier to layout. Right now I’ve been using it for my shoes, long dresses, and purses. I know with the right design, it could be a lot more useful, I just have to figure out what that design is. If anyone has any suggestions, please send them my way!

0708152030bI really should have taken this pic before I removed all the clothes, but my brain was clearly in organizing mode and not in blogging mode, so I apologize. I actually thought about putting all the clothes back on the rack and taking a proper pic, but that thought only lasted about 2.5 seconds before I came to my senses. Just imagine it packed with clothes.

0708152030So since we moved here, Brian and I have went halvsies on this closet. (Yes, he has just as many clothes as I do….) We did really good sharing this one rod for over a year, but I’ve noticed the last couple of months that we started playing a fun little game where we shove the other ones clothes as far over to their side as possible while searching for clothes on our own side. And as much fun as that game is, we agreed it’s time for our own separate areas. My first thought was to just re-hang this rod higher and add a second rod lower so we each have our own. But Brian suggested instead, since the closet is fairly deep (3′), we could rotate the rods the other way under the shelves and each have 2 rods on each side of the closet. It will be sort of a mini walk-in closet that way…..he’s a smart one. This way we both get 6′ of hanging space and no more clothes shoving.

The plan:

  • demo out the old shelves and rod
  • patch any holes
  • paint a nice bright white
  • hang our new Closetmaid closet system
  • purge, purge, purge! I want to really simplify my stuff (hopefully my hubby will do the same) before hanging it back in the closet
  • find shoe storage (if there’s room)

0720151856aHere is the other closet. Clearly what’s happening in here is not working. I may need to recruit help on this one. My dream would be to ditch my dresser, and add shelves and drawers in here instead. I’d also still like to store my purses and possibly longer dresses and shoes in here if I can’t fit them in the other closet. My other option would be to make this more of a seasonal closet and store clothes and shoes that we don’t need all the time. So like I said, if anyone has any suggestions on what to do in this little angled closet, please share!

*Update*

I finally got around to emptying out the second closet…except for my shoes :/. So here are some pics of it (mostly) empty. I’m hoping it will be a little easier for you all to see what I’m dealing with, and to see if you have any ideas or suggestion!

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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.

Minty Fresh

Our upstairs bathroom is in need of a serious facelift, but we’re settling for a minor facelift right now. I’ve been painting my little heart out trying to make the space a little brighter and happier. I was extra motivated to get everything painted because we had family coming to visit this weekend. That’s just the best kind of motivation for me! Before, everything in here was a little too brown for my taste. The walls were brown, the floor is brown, the trim was brown, even the tub was brown. I decided to paint, for a quick and cheap little facelift.

Here is a look at it before and after.

thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI just used up some leftover mint green paint that I originally used in our entry way. It’s light and neutral and I knew it would look nice with the dark trim as well as white accents.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comThe trim throughout the bathroom needed to be painted. The trim around the doorways and window haven’t been touched, but the baseboards were all painted brown. I decided since they were already painted anyway, I would go ahead and paint them white to continue with lightning up the space and to match the rest of the painted trim in the house.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comWe removed the cabinet above the toilet and it really helped bring in a lot more light in there. It really felt like a dark cave before. I was worried I would miss the storage, but removing it has really helped open up the space. (You don’t feel like you are going potty in the closet anymore.)

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comIt was so dark in there before that I didn’t even notice that the ceiling was blue! So I got to add, paint the ceiling to my list of things to do….yay.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comSince we lost the storage we had with the cabinet that was hanging over the toilet, I wanted to add some shelves to replace it. I decided to re-purpose some shelves that I tore out of Hollis’ closet back here. I thought I had three shelves, but when I unwrapped one, I realized it was broken. 😦 So two shelves it is!

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI didn’t have a whole lot of hope for these shelves since they were wrapped in contact paper. I was expecting it to be a big ordeal, but the paper actually came off with very little effort. And that paper was sticky, as demonstrated by little helper below.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was planning on having to sand and paint the shelves, but after unwrapping them, I really liked the wood finish. They are stained the same color as the trim. The hubby also like the wood look, so I decided to just leave them, at least for now. I like how they look a little bit rustic and they tie in with the rest of the wood in the room. I just added some simple brackets that were less than $2 at Lowe’s.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was a little worried that I would hate the floor after painting, but I’m liking it a lot more. It looks a little more coppery and interesting, and it ties in nicely with the dark wood trim.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI still have lots to do, but at least the walls and trim are painted (and the ceiling)! It feels a lot less Debbie Downer and now it’s minty fresh. Like a toothpaste commercial. I will go into more detail on some the projects later, but here is a look at my updated to-do list:

Now

  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in
  • find/make a vanity for the sink
  • add some artwork

Later

  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

Inspirado: Upstairs Bathroom

Well I had a nice little break from painting. I’ve enjoyed getting some small projects done and getting some quality time in with my toddler, by which I mean chasing her around the house.

BUT, it’s time to get back to reality. And the reality is that I have a dark, depressing bathroom that could desperately use some TLC. It’s like the Debby Downer of bathrooms.

We’ve got big (ie. probably expensive) plans for this bathroom down the road….miles and miles down the road. I thought I could wait, but I either need to get some cheer in this bathroom or some Prozac, because it’s seriously depressing in here.

Here is what it looks like now. We really haven’t done anything to this space since we moved in other than add a ladder shelf for some additional storage.

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There is a large clawfoot-less, clawfoot tub. I would love to re-attach them, but I’m not 100% sure that is possible.

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And this dark little closet is where you go when you are being punished need to use the toilet. The cabinet and the toilet are both off-centered which drives my OCD into hyperdrive. It hurts my eyes if I look at it for too long. I can’t move the toilet, but I think I am going to take the cabinet down.

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I’m giving myself a budget of $50 for this little makeover. I think I can do it by using some leftover paint and using items around the house. I just want to brighten things up and make it a happier space to be in. We only have the two bathrooms, and this is the only one upstairs, so we really need to make it work for us.

Here is a few pics for inspiration:

^^I like the idea of having a couple of floating shelves over the toilet to lighten things

up (it’s  dark in there!) and still provide some much-needed storage.

^^ I would love to find an old table to use as a counter around the wall-sink, but if I can’t

find one, I think I could make one similar to this.

^^ I actually already have an antique cabinet that I can use for some storage

in the bathroom, but I’d like to give it a little facelift similar to this.

^^ I really want to find something for the window that allows some privacy but still lets light in.

I love this boho feeling macrame window covering from Urban Outfitters.

^^ These last two pics are really just to show what we’d like to do one

day. We would love to make our tub a shower by either adding a hand-held

shower or preferably a standing shower head and curtain rod.

Here is what’s on the do-do list:

Now

  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in

Later

  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

It seems like a lot of work, but I think this is a project where a little paint will make a big difference.