The before was fairly horrendous. We painted our walls grey a few years ago, and that was as far as we ever got on doing anything productive with this space. We’ve been planning this redo for a few weeks. We thought we wanted to go with paint in some shade of taupe. We purchased several test pots and slapped up a eleventeen swatches. After living with those squares and looking at them in different shades of light, we finally decided on a deeper tone called “Cave Walls.” Then after we painted the girls’ room, we fell in love with their whole color scheme, and we decided to take our room in that direction.
These shots were taken just after we started pulling crap out to begin our makeover:
Frank bought home this reproduction of Starry Night and I was like, “Ew, cliché. I should whack off your ear for bringing this home.” Then when he put it up there to test it out, I was like, “Dude, you are so brilliant.”
We spent a while looking for a white dresser of this size to use as an entertainment center/storage for various documents and Crap for Which There is No Other Good Place. All that we found were easily $500+. Um, no. Finally, we stumbled on this piece, which was originally a walnut stain, in the scratch & dent section at Big Lots, of all places. It was marked down almost $200. Score! We easily patched up the slight imperfections with wood putty, then sanded the whole thing and refinished it to a glossy white.
The grey curtains were found half-off in the clearance aisle at Burlington Coat Factory – $20 total for two panels. The sheer, patterned curtains on top we found online at Wal-Mart, of all places. I knew that I wanted white curtains with some sort of bold, graphic pattern. I searched through several online stores and either found cheap curtains that I hated, or much-too expensive ones which I loved. It three days of online searching and turning up empty before it occurred to me to check Wal-Mart (which I want to hate on principle, but the store is just too convenient not to). I saw these curtains on the first damned search results page. Curse, you Wal-Mart, and your we-have-everything haughtiness. Oh, well. At about $30 per panel, I guess I can make an exception.
Screw that “keep calm and carry on” crap. “Freak out and throw stuff” is much my speed. I’ve been holding on to these three prints for about a year, and up ’til now they’ve been unframed and unused. The two on the ends are actually greeting cards. I purchased all three from Earmark on Etsy. You can also visit their online store: Earmark Invitations.
We’ve had the wardrobe in the back corner for almost 15 years. It used to be a cream color with gold detailing (hello, ’90s). We painted it white and traded out the gold hardware for chrome pulls which come pretty close to matching the ones on the dresser.
We still need a lot more art and accessories for the storage cubes, shelves, and walls, but that will come as we go. We’re taking our time to find pieces that we like. I’ve already marked several prints to order from various shops on Etsy, and there are a few family photos that I’d like to frame and display.
Bella is sexy and she knows it.
So, that’s that. I keep looking around at everything and heaving these great sighs of relief. I just want to snuggle up and lie in my bed all day long. Who the hell am I kidding? That’s all I wanted to do before the makeover, anyway. The view is just a whole hell of a lot better now.
Do you have any home improvement plans coming up, or have you done any recently? Our next mission is to retouch/repaint nearly every inch of trim in this house. What fun that will be.