It always gets worse before it gets better.
I have to remind myself of that sometimes. We’ve done enough home renovating to know that you have to push through the mess to get to the good stuff. And honestly, the mess this time around isn’t that bad, especially since it doesn’t look that different than it did before.
Thanks to David taking the girls on his Saturday errands, I was able to get most of the painting done. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I really do love painting walls. How often do you get to see such a massive difference in just a couple hours of work?
Of course it took much longer than usual, since my little helper here was NOT having it.
Ah, the joys of doing projects with babies under foot.
I had originally thought of doing something dark and moody, but then I realized one of my issues with the room was how cave-like it felt. Going darker would’ve just heightened that feeling. Since I am still completely in love with the color in our living and dining rooms, I used that. It’s perfect. Fairly neutral, but cool and clean with some of the depth the grey was lacking. Three of the four doors still need to be painted white, as does the trim around the sliding glass doors, but the walls and baseboards are donezo.
Which reminds me: goodbye hideous, broken vertical blinds! Hello floaty, clean white curtains!
We’ve used these curtains in all but one other room in the house and I love them. They add texture without feeling heavy or distracting. I hung them high and a little wider than the actual doorway to make it seem bigger and let it as much light as possible when they’re open. I also hung a blackout liner, though, since sheer white curtains don’t provide a whole lot of privacy. Plus, when our kids let us, we really like sleeping past the crack of dawn.
(Don’t mind the still-rolled rug and other stuff piled up. As things progress I’ll start putting more effort into staging photos. For now, you get the room in its raw, real glory.)
David has been brainstorming bed plans, which I hope to share those with you next week, and started prepping materials to build some new floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. You can see our inspiration here; they’ll fill the wall by the weird entry vestibule.
The dresser/mirror situation still has me stumped, and I have plenty of shopping to do for linens and lights and what have you…all the things that will give the room some personality and make it feel finished. It doesn’t seem like we’ve done much yet, and yet the momentum is there. We’re off to a decent start.
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