New Year, New Post {Welcome to 2014}

Hey everyone! I hope that 2014 is treating you well! Thanksgiving and Christmas were lovely. We saw lots of family, got together with many friends, and had a wonderful time. I have big hopes for 2014 and what it might bring. … Continue reading

Guest Bedroom Re-Do {Crisp Khaki Obsession}

So, shocker of the century, I painted another room.

The last few weeks it’s been brought to my attention that I adore only a few colors in my decorating. More specifically, everything is either blue or green. This is not TOTALLY true, but its not entirely false either. So, when I happened upon a GLORIOUS color of blue, the perfect dynamic blue to paint our master bedroom, I realized that we would then have four blue rooms in our house (not counting the blue green of my office). And that is a bit silly, if I do say so myself.  Which got me to thinking: if I really loved this dynamic blue color and it was really worth the sacrifice, maybe I could make some extra projects out of it!

Enter, the guest bedroom. This room wasn’t ever painted by us. We just left the cute powdery blue from the previous owners. It originally was a child’s bedroom, so it was a great soft color for a guest bedroom. Plus, as I mentioned, I coordinate pretty well with blue and green. But because we’d never painted it, I figured it would be the first room to change. And you know what, there were parts of the walls that were a bit dirty. Parts that even a magic eraser couldn’t remove from the wall.  SO YOU KNOW IT NEEDED SOME LOVE.

This little project was easily knocked out in a day. I ran over to my favorite place, LOWES, and picked out some samples that I thought might work.

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UGH. I was completely wrong in that regard. I thought the top would paint and dry more tan, less muddy. NOPE. The bottom color ended up way more yellow and buttery than I expected. And then I remembered…

 

Ahhh, crisp khaki. The color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It's just the right shade of tan.

I still had that lovely Benjamin Moore fan deck. Ahhh, crisp khaki. This is the color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It’s just the right shade of tan and a perfect shade for a guest bedroom.

So a gallon of paint and a roll of blue painters tape later (plus an afternoon), we now officially have a crisp khaki guest bedroom. Which, truthfully, played nicely with the bedding, green mirror, and even the black of the frames on the wall and the desk/side table. And, well…it did allow me to insert a vintage green lamp into the mix as well (which is not in the picture, unfortunately). Might as well spice it up with accessories, right?!

So...dare I say it? CRISP!

So…dare I say it? CRISP! I love that the colors really pop and don’t have to fight with the wall color. Plus, look at that glorious light coming in the window!

And yes, you can say I’m obsessed. Because once I painted this room, I realized I could also paint our master bath (which WAS blue) and it would look fantastic. But that’s another blog for another day…

Do you have a color you’re obsessed with and how did you manage said obsession?

XOXO,

Ashley

Nestled In {Colorful Nesting Tables}

Hey all,

After receiving some beautiful red chairs for my birthday (thanks Grant!), I realized that we needed a little table in between to finish off our patio space.

 

Where can I put down my drink? Oh...no where? Yeah that situation needed to be remedied.

Where can I put down my drink? Oh…no where? Yeah that situation needed to be remedied.

 

I’d been searching every time we go out bargain hunting and happened upon a cute set of three nesting tables. But man, they needed some serious help. The tables were left in the rain, to the point that the price was rinsed off the tag and there was a great deal of rust on the glass tops. The black paint was chipping or rusted in spots. I knew they would be a bit of work, but finding pretty intact, iron pieces with the glass isn’t always easy. So I picked up this trio for $30 and planned to clean them up at home.

 

Remember these lovelies? Well, I had all that spray paint left over, so why not match the tables to the rest of the deck!

Remember these lovelies? Well, I had all that spray paint left over, so why not match the tables to the rest of the deck!

So after scraping down the tables and cleaning off the dirt, I sprayed away! At first I thought about getting extra paint and doing different tables in different hues of the same color. But because I had all the left over paint from the potting project, I figured I could save some moolah and just use that. Plus, I knew that it would blend in well with the rest of the things on the deck!

The glass, however, was a different story. I soaked it overnight in soapy water, rust didn’t come off. I made a paste out of Comet cleaner and left it on there, using an old toothbrush to scrub off the rust, and it didn’t budge. Then I used good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar and that seemed to help some. It wasn’t a perfect job, but the rust stains are much better than when I purchased them. So, without further ado, I give you….nesting tables!

 

Super cute, happy, and just the right pop of color. I made the smallest table the brightest color so that it didn't overpower the other two. And because we really only have one piece on the deck that is the orange, I thought the tie in with the largest table would be best. And, do I really need to explain using blue on the middle table? I use blue for everything (everything that isn't already green...).

Super cute, happy, and just the right pop of color. I made the smallest table the brightest color so that it didn’t overpower the other two. And because we really only have one piece on the deck that is the orange, I thought the tie in with the largest table would be best. And, do I really need to explain using blue on the middle table? I use blue for everything (everything that isn’t already green…).

 

So? What do you think? With just a little elbow grease and some extra paint, these guys got a new life! I’m pretty satisfied with how they turned out. Anyone else updating their deck or outdoor spaces?

XOXO,

Ashley

Bye Bye Builder’s Beige {Hello Dynamic Greys}

Hey all,

It’s happened. The living and dining rooms are no longer builder’s beige. And before you start laughing, I have to tell you: I am not kidding! Several posts ago, I wasn’t sure I could even complete this task. And let’s be real with each other for a second, I barely made it. With all the trim and special little nooks, it was so much more time consuming than I expected. Not only did it take way longer than expected, it also required way more paint than anticipated. Lowes became my second home, and embarassingly enough, it was the same paint department guy and cashier each of the (THREE) times I went. It would have been a lot easier if I went in for different paint each time, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. But anyway, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the project.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

 

Supplies I used for the dining room:

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One “mini” or half sized roller

One 2 inch angled brush

One quart AND one Sample (half-pint) of Granite Dust by Valspar

One paint tray

Total Cost: about $30

 

Supplies I used for the living room: 

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One roller brush

One 2 inch angled brush

One gallon, one quart AND one sample (half-pint) of Notre Dame by Valspar

One paint tray liner

Total Cost: about $65

So at almost $100, this is a slightly more expensive project than I typically tackle. But let’s be honest, it was completely necessary. The builder’s beige was a neutral, but oh so boring. . Plus, once I got going, I realized how poorly the details of the job were done the first time! Lots of missed spots, dirty drywall, and plenty of inherited dings. So I decided to go two-toned, a darker shade in the dining room and lighter in the living room. The differences are definitely subtle, but at certain times during the day, the light really strikes the contrast and makes the colors quite dynamic. Ah, anyways, enough talking, more proof!

 

Here's a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

Here’s a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

 

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

 

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

 

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

 

So, what do you think? I’m so happy with it. I made Scott come in and ooh and ahhh just to make me feel better. I think my body has finally recovered from all the random twists and turns I’ve had to do to get all those hard-to-reach corners, though it may have needed a couple naps to feel better. Now, if only I could find a new tv stand with way more storage in a mid-century modern style…

XOXO,

Ashley