My original reason for starting this blog was to do some decorating “before and afters” since I had been inspired by so many blogs out there. Months have now passed, and I’m excited to actually have some time to do things here at home.
As I mentioned before, I LOVE living in old houses. I love the history – and the challenges – that come along with them. It forces me to be creative and think outside the box when it comes to practical things. Like, “where do I store my towels when there is absolutely no room to do so in the bathroom?” Or, “Where do I hang up my clothes when there is no closet in my room?” (I often wonder what the people did in those situations in 1926…) So, little by little we are working on making our house “work” for us…and I love to try to do it in budget-friendly “style”!:)
We finally got to our Master Bedroom this week. It was in the portion of our house that was built in 1926. It has sloped ceilings, quaint built-ins on one side, and tons of character. It was also clad floor to ceiling in dark-stained fir boards. I tried every decorating trick I could think of…and no matter what I tried, it was just plain DARK!! Even with bedside lights, we could hardly see to read at night. Truth be told, we’ve called the room “the coffin” since the day we moved in! Here are some “Befores”:
I’ve been studying books, magazines, and blogs for months and collecting ideas for what do do for this room. To say that I’m a bit indecisive when it comes to color is and understatement! But, after alot of research I decided to take the plunge…and make a decision! You see, I love color. In fact I love BOLD colors! However, I’ve discovered in this particular house and the style it is, I’m liking a more “subdued” palette.
A while ago a painter friend of ours offered to spray paint the room for us (bless his heart!), and his very busy schedule was free this Wednesday. So after the adventure of “prepping the room” (another story…), our friend arrived at 10 a.m. on Wed. He carefully covered the floor and the window panes and then sprayed the oil-based primer (a necessary step in covering over stained wood). I couldn’t believe how fast it was! He could spray that room faster that I could get peanut butter cookies in the oven! It made me seriously wonder why in the world I spend so much time with a brush and roller… Anyway…by 3:15 in the afternoon, he had finished painting the 2 coats of my new favorite color – “White Down” by Benjamin Moore. – and was finished! Woo Hoo!!! And I must say…I love it! Here it is:
This post has gone rather long, so I’ll write about the details tomorrow… Have a great Friday!