Lucas’s room = Painted

Wow, guys.   Just holy wow.  I have so many (fun) projects going on right now that I’m not sure what to give you first.   That’s what’s so crazy about these first months after a move.   Everything’s a little schizophrenic.  I want everything to be done all at once, so it’s an explosion of projects started in all corners of the house.   No rhyme or reason.  And what’s funny is, yes… I painted Lucas’s room this weekend.  But, no.  It totally wasn’t the plan.  It was a whim decision.  As in, I went for a jog, got back, saw Joey working in the yard (with Lucas “assisting”).  And said, “Hey!  I think I’ll paint Lucas’s room (rightnow)! “. I. Am. SUCH. A. Weirdo.  Several hours later it was done.   But not without a lone, sad pride casualty.  I give you my Facebook status from that day….

Oh, Lucas. (sigh!)

Anyways, the paint-fest actually came as a side-effect of Lucas’s new bed.   Ya see, my uncle gave us this great cargo bed that used to be my cousin Bryan’s.  Here’s the foot-board…

You intrigued?  😉

I’ll have a separate post about the bed later, but the short of it was that after I refinished it darker, we started to move the bed into Lucas’s room.  And then I changed my mind.   I decided that I didn’t want to move the bed into the room before painting the walls and risk splatter drops violating the nice, new finish.  Thus, the room needed to be painted sometime soon so we could get the bed out of the garage.   At the time, I didn’t realize that “sometime soon” would be that very day, but it totally worked out.  So, we’re good.

When it came to wall color, I’d initially thought that I wanted to paint the walls a punchy green.  But, after throwing some green paint swatches on the wall to get a general idea, I wasn’t sold.   It clashed with some of accessories that I wanted to use in the space.  Then, I remembered that I had almost a full gallon of the gorgeous grey paint from the master bedroom leftover, so I threw that up there too…

And I loved it.   It took on much more of a khaki color in this space due to the difference in lighting.  It was perfect and would be a great backdrop for all of the bright colors I’m planning to bring into the space.    So, I did it.   And here’s where we are now….

Now, keep in mind that I haven’t even BEGUN to style the joint.   This is literally just move-furniture-back-post-painting mode.  I did, however, rearrange the furniture in the space which completely opened it up (aaaaand I’m now realizing that this means nothing to you since I neglected to take a before picture).  Just take my word for it.   Moving furniture around (FOR FREE) is one of the most crazy, game-changing moves to make a space feel so much more welcoming.    This is the layout that this room always wanted. There’s plenty of floorspace for Lucas to play and yet, it doesn’t feel cramped in the slightest. I just can’t wait to get his new bed in here (we realized that we need to purchase a few more bolts to fully assemble it first). But, this is a really great start for his room.

And here’s the ninja-turtle-donning man of the hour pulling off yet another Chandler-Bing-Smile (the towels on his shoulder are his “back-up nunchucks”)…

So, still up…. curtains (once the windows are replaced next week), a little special treatment for the built in desk area (not shown), new chairs for his little white table, wall art, styling. Lots to do, but we’re on our way!! 🙂

TDC Before and After

Grey is the New Purple

So, our master bedroom is painted.   And not a moment too soon.   Actually it was painted last weekend, but I ran short on time for taking pictures.  :/

Anyhoo, we started out a dark tone of purple…


And ended up a pretty grey…


I know… This looks mighty similar to our last bedroom.  Because it is.   It’s actually the same Driftwood Grey by Glidden that we used in our last house, but I had it tinted 25% lighter.    I just couldn’t get this shade of grey out of my head.  Its just so interesting and complex with it’s sexy green undertones.  In my mind, it’s the perfect grey.   So, I wanted to keep it, but lighten it up a smidge to account for the smaller window and dimmer lighting.   I actually think I could’ve even gone 50% lighter now that it’s up on the walls, but I’m happy enough that I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

Here’s a progress shot which shows the difference in colors.  You can see how purple the walls were in comparision…

Here’s the view from the doorway (extra Brownie Points to anyone who can teach me how to take proper photos of windows)…


And for fun, here’s what it looked like when we took possession, before we changed the carpet…


I haven’t hung any curtains yet because we’re having our paper-thin 1970’s windows replaced in a few weeks (Woot!).  Once that’s done, it’s on.  I’d also like to get a bench or something for the end of the bed.   I’m not used to having a room this big, so I’m not really sure what to do exactly… maybe some kind of area rug for visual interest?

I decided to make this little corner a seating nook…


I’m absolutely digging the vintage Naugahyde footstool.  I found it on Craigslist and just had to have it.   The end table came with the coffee table in the living room.   I never finished it with anything because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, but now I think I’m gonna Polyshade it darker to match the footstool.  I’d love to add a standing lamp of some sort, and that fake plant will get a different pot (or I’ll maybe chance the life of a real plant again).

I’d definitely like to get some different art for our room this time around.  Something modern and quirky that suits our personalities.  Maybe some kind of oversized framed posters or something.  I’ll have to just keep an eye out for what strikes me.   I think between different art, getting a new, sleeker bed/headboard (once I actually find one), and a few other tricks that I’ve got up my sleeve, the feeling of the room will change immensely.

On to the little atrium area… which is now the home for our new MCM dresser….


And it fits like a glove.   I’ve put no effort into accessorizing it again since moving it from the adjoining wall because I wanted a clean palette to work from.  Hopefully, I’ll glean some decent art ideas from the blankness. I do know that I’d love to add some interesting floor-to-ceiling wall treatment behind it.   I’ve seen some neat tutorials where fabric was applied to the wall for pattern, so maybe something along those lines.   Plus, I’m thinking either a mirror above it or some light, bright art.

In other news, I’ve also painted the master bathroom.  But thanks to the Home Depot providing me with the incorrect color, I’ll be repainting it before I show it to you.  Don’t worry… I’ll divulge the deets at that time, along with some always-fun blooper pics.

We’ve also been researching exterior color schemes for the outside of the house.   We were told during our inspection that the house needed to be caulked, sealed, and painted to make it more impenetrable to the elements and prevent further damage from occurring.  We’ve gotten estimates and would like to get that done before it gets too cold in case we have another harsh winter.    I’ll let ya’ll know once we’ve figured it out.

So, is everybody ready for Halloween??  We have a little Ninja Turtle roaming around these parts at any given time.  And he’s not Lucas anymore.  He’s Michelangelo.   He now introduces himself as such to strangers.   Though, strangely, he decided on Rafael for his costume.   I guess it makes sense, though.  If he truly IS Michelangelo, then Raphael is bit of a departure.   On that note, if the Ninja Turtles dressed as each other for Halloween, would we even notice??  Yes, this is what I’m thinking about right now.   Okay, time to go.  Ya’ll have a fun, safe holiday!!!   🙂

TDC Before and After