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

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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

Color Splash {Fun With Spray Paint}

Hey everyone!

What have I been doing lately? Well…

Shocker of the century, I’ve been up to my spray painting ways again! With all the recent upgrades and projects completed on the deck, our sad plant stand looked out of place and worn down.

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Phew! Look at that rust! I’m sorry, little thing, for letting you get so badly rusted on our porch. But now you can see why it needed a bit of a facelift.

 

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Woof. I’m sorry plant stand, that’s just not a cute look.

 

Now you can see why this was a dire situation. The plant stand held all my beautiful pots for three years. I painted it white in our old place and just let it be, never touching up its paint or changing its color. This was a mistake. So now with all the new colors, she needed a little help. With some cleaning, scrubbing, and scraping, she looks so much better!

Quick tip: when painting an antique piece with rust, make sure to sand and scrape ALL the rust off before painting or priming. This will create a nice, smooth finish for your paint. It’ll also help your paint job last longer. If you paint something already peeling, your paint is bound to peel as well.

So after scraping and sanding, I got to painting. Because it was originally white and still had a pretty good coat in most places, I chose a Rust-Oleum “True Orange” can to cover the old color. See? Branching out! And man, oh, man…it sure is orange!

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Yowza! She is a bright plant stand now.

 

Before and after! What a change!

Before and after! What a change!

Bright? Yes. Upgrade? For sure. I’m so happy with how bright and perky it is. It goes really well with all the other colors on our porch. Plus, it forced me (FORCED I TELL YOU) to buy several more cans of spray paint and perk up some old terra cotta pots.

So many happy pots! So much to plant!

So many happy pots! So much to plant!

 

And I didn’t stop there…

I even painted some antique frames white to add to our collage wall that extends up our stairwell!

I even painted some antique frames white to add to our collage wall that extends up our stairwell!

 

Once I got started, I obviously couldn’t stop. But hey, at least I got a lot of painting projects done during this beautiful weather pattern! What do you think? Orange, neon green, blue, and yellow are all very bold choices…

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Family Furniture Upgrade {Coat Rack for the Kitchen}

Hey everyone,

 I guess you’re wondering, coat rack? Kitchen? What? Didn’t you hang up a little one just a while ago? And you would be correct. I have a super cute little wall rack that we hung next to our back door in the kitchen. It worked for a while and matched the room perfectly. And then, one day while I was frantically (and unrealistically) cleaning before people came over, it all came crashing down…literally.

Just as I was about to shower, and our guests were about to arrive, there was a great crash from the kitchen. Imagine my surprise when our freshly cleaned kitchen soon became a heap of coats, jackets, and scarves, all minutes before our guests were to arrive. I was not pleased. I may or may not have re-drilled and hung that sucker in place, all while wearing a towel in my hair. 

Well, this became a regular experience. Every few weeks the rack would fall, I would curse it and just put it back up. And of course, every time I stuck the sucker in, I was terrified it would fall while people would be over. This is not a way to live, people! Enter: new coat rack.

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This coat rack was purchased by my mother over twenty years ago. It stayed in my parents old home for years, collecting coats at the holidays and even serving as the first place she took orders for her old business. When my parents moved to their new home, it just didn’t have a place. They tried to put him all around the house and it just didn’t quite work. So, he was relegated to the garage. I asked if I could take him home and now, he’s ours.

He’s great as is, but we really don’t have those wood tones in the house (nor are they my favorite) so I figured a good spray down would pep him up and make a great addition to the kitchen. But boy, oh, boy, did I underestimate just how much paint he would take! I had a can and a half of white satin Vaspar spray paint at the ready, after giving a good coat or two of white primer. However, I barely got through half of the piece before my primer can ran out! It was like he was drinking up all the paint! I had to quickly run to Lowes and grab another can of primer, where just to be safe I also picked up an extra can of white satin paint. Because of this trip, I ended up painting into the evening.

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I’m sure my neighbors who were out grilling dinner appreciated the ambient noises of the spray paint cans. But hey, I was determined to finish this guy.

So I finished all my coats (so I thought) and left him out for the evening to dry and remove the nasty smell of spray paint before bringing him inside. The next day, I enlisted Scott in helping me carry him back into the house, upon which we discovered that I missed a few spots! Shocker, painting in the almost dark doesn’t pay off? I should have known.

So we had to drag him back outside and prop him up so I could get the last few bits. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because it gave me extra time to put a few more coats on the hardware. I used the Valspar hammered finish color in a black metallic, which smells AWFUL but leaves a great sheen on metal. And though brass and gold is coming back in, and I do love a good gold piece, it will not be coming into the kitchen in high quantities. So after wrestling with the hardware (it was so easy to take OFF the hardware and nearly impossible to put back on), I decided to carry that sucker in on my own. Needless to say, I was super excited to be done with the project and finally have a proper home for all our jackets and scarves.

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Hopefully, you can bear with me and my unstaged photo. I was just so excited to have the project done, I didn’t close the drawer or hide our junk. Can you see why we needed this piece? I love it’s scale and how the darker hardware looks on the white.

So two full cans of primer and two cans of paint later, we’ve got ourselves a new coat rack for the kitchen. He’s already fulfilling his job requirements and fits in nicely with our shoe organizer. Happy to have him, and a bit of family love, in our house!

 

XOXO,

Ashley