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And the winning color is: Classic Silver by Behr

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr While I can’t say this is my favorite paint color ever (that would be a tie between my black kitchen and my blue bedroom), I do really like it… I think. Why my hesitation? Well, first of all it is weird to see the same stuff against a different background.

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr When I was redoing the postcard art I moved them all down a little bit so that now they are level with the door frame.

It looks weird, right? I liked the dark green for being unique, so I’m struggling with the loss of uniqueness. BUT there is a plan beyond just lightening up the room.

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First of all, I wanted to loose all the pictures on the right side of the room (it was looking cluttery in that area) and since there were so many holes it made sense to fill them in and paint again. So do I have plan for that area? Of course! But you’ll have to be patient (as will I) because some plans take time and this is one of those plans. Intrigued?

While we are at the side by sides, here is one more:

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr In that corner, I definitely prefer the green, but oh well. It also doesn’t help that I’m comparing my crappy photo to Ashley’s professional one haha.

Honestly though I am just super super glad this paint job is over. Painting, I’M OVER YOU. This was the 11th time I’ve painted a room in this house and I haven’t even lived here two years yet. Oh, and there are only six rooms, make sense of that math. The old idiom is true though, my painting skills have vastly improved with all that practice.

It hasn’t been very sunny here lately, you know, winter and such, which is why these pictures aren’t super bright even though they were taken during the day. All that to say, that it actually is much brighter in there now compared to the dark green. Goal one, to lighten the room, is a success. I think once I do my secret thing (I’m only keeping it secret for dignities sake, if it looks terrible I’ll take it down and no one will be the wiser) on the big blank wall it will feel different in there.

Everyone who has seen it so far has really liked it, but I’m still on the fence. I think it boils down to this: I like crazily painted rooms so even though this is a good visual break from the dark colors in the adjoining rooms, I still want it to be navy blue or hot pink or something.

 

Guys, I’m so tired of painting, but I’m at it again. I’ve painted every room in this house at least once (minus the ‘hallway’ which is really just doors and I only did a stripe in the entry), but now that I’ve lived here for almost two years I’m at the point where I’m reassessing the decisions I’ve made. One thing that’s been bugging me for a while is the color of the dining room. I loved the dark peacock green for a long time, but after two years and a lot of other decisions it just doesn’t fit anymore. But this time I decided against doing it the ‘Jasmin Way’, which would be to just go the store and pick the first color I like and paint the room within 24 hours of deciding I wanted to paint. This time I took TWO WHOLE WEEKS to make the color decision. I know, the mind reels that I, the most impatient person in the world, could wait two whole weeks to make a decision that could have easily been made in two minutes, but it’s the truth.

I actually even followed my own advice and went to the store and got a bunch of paint samples and hung them on my wall. Then I just let them be for two weeks while I pondered.

P1120657 P1120660 Of the two horizontal colors the one on the left is the living room color and the one on the right is the color of the stripe in the entry and the color of the second bedroom, I put them up there for reference. But mostly because I hate the color of the second bedroom so I wanted to make sure I picked a grey that wasn’t the same tone as that color.

The first couple of days my mind changed several times. The colors looked different during the day and at night, but eventually a favorite stuck out. But I’m a new woman who takes her time making “big” decisions so I even took that paint chip around and held it up to elements in the room that would stay.

P1120665 P1120671 But the question you may be asking is, why go with such a light color? I don’t really care too much about the flow of my house’s paint colors. I mean, my house is tiiiiny and you can basically turn around in a circle and see every room, but I still don’t really think your whole house has to “match”. That is until I noticed that my three main rooms were very dark colors. This is a horrible rendering of my floor plan but I think it may help make my point a little bit.

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cropgreydining copy Yeah, I said it was horrible. But it’s a visual, don’t complain. My decorating style is loud and crazy so I think it works well for me to have at least a few rooms that are a more neutral color. Plus, I’ve been thinking it would nice to add color in my hallway and/or the bathroom (maybe even on the ceiling!). So, I think having a more neutral, light colored dining room will give my house a more open feeling and be a good buffer between the dark grey living room and the black kitchen.

And that is how I grew up and became a more patient woman.

 

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

A few months ago I revealed that I have too much space (I know, major first world problem). My house is just shy of 1,000 sq ft, hence the blog title ‘little house’, but for one person and medium sized dog that is a lot of space. At least more than I was used to. The truth of the matter is that I do not need a guest room/office which I mood boarded here. So I decided it was time to face the fact that I need to rent the room out. My hesitation in renting before was that I really, really enjoy living alone. It is so nice and quiet, I don’t have to wear pants like ever, and I can paint a room at 2 am with asking anyone’s permission; it’s basically heaven on earth. BUT, I was beginning to feel like a bit of a space glutton. I have this perfectly nice room that isn’t being used and I can always use extra money so I (reluctantly) put on my big girl pants and looked into renting out the room. I debated about opening up the listing to friends but instead I opted to go a completely different route. I decide to host an international college student. The reason I chose this route is because it is extremely flexible. The students come for four week sessions and if I ever don’t want a student for a particular month I can just say ‘no.’ I also have someone I can go to if for some reason things aren’t working out and I want the student to move to a different home (you definitely don’t have that option when you rent to a person on a one year lease!). I’m a little nervous but mostly I think it will just be really weird and interesting. Since I decided to host someone as opposed to rent out the room I had to completely furnish the room. Thankfully, I already had a rug, dresser, and bed so this entire room makeover only cost me $100. Not bad!

Keep in mind this isn’t my best work. I by no means love this room and I didn’t ‘design’ it like I have any other part of my house. But I figured that an international student who will be completely out of their element wouldn’t really appreciate my putting them up in a room that had navy blue walls with orange accents. So I went for subtle and sparse instead which is basically the opposite of my style but ah well, here it is… Oh, if you want before pictures go here.

So we are in agreement that this is a really sad makeover right? It isn’t at all what I would have done if the room were for myself. But, I do think it will be perfectly acceptable for a student.
What I did:
– Since this was a zero to low-cost makeover I used the half gallon of paint (Behr- Graceful Gray) I had left over from the first kitchen wall color (here. It is also the color of the stripe in the entry way, here). I should get an award for this paint job. I painted the whole room with half a gallon of paint and I did it under an hour and a half! I just high-fived myself.
– I got the desk chair and matching lamp set from a used furniture store for $44.00 total. I love the chair because it is that old kind that gently bounces.
– I got this awesome desk on craigslist for $60. It was one of those old steel case desks that weighs about 200lbs (seriously). I love the green. I also really like how big the desktop is. It’s perfect for a student.
– I hung art that I had lying around. I tried to pick pieces that weren’t offensive or anything. I got the vintage French ad for my 12th birthday. I was obsessed with it forever. The trend is way over but I still love that piece and I’ll always keep it around.
What still needs done:
–  I want to buy a box spring for the daybed so the bed will have more height. I saw some used ones on craigslist for about $35 so not too expensive.
– The lamps still need some love. The bases are in good shape but the lampshades have seen better days. I’m thinking about wrapping them in fabric or something. Stay tuned…
– I did not get around to changing the light fixture in this room yet, but someday I will. Thankfully the one in there is innocuous. Next time I go to IKEA I’ll probably pick up one of the ones I mentioned in this post about lighting.
– Eventually, much further down the road, I will refinish the hardwood floors.
Overall, it’s an improvement over the former storage room that it was, but not by far.

Go Art Yourself: Updated

August 11, 2012 — 6 Comments

In this post I attempted a DIY abstract painting with lettering. It turned out… eh. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t good either. I’d lived with it on my wall for about six days when I decided I just couldn’t take it. The colors weren’t right for the space and it was such a large piece I knew it would bother me forever. As I was looking through the post I was really inspired by this picture:

I remember thinking when I was at this stage that I really liked it, but at that point I was all ready to paint so it was a fleeting thought. What I like about this is how graphic and bold it is yet so simple. So I took the canvas off the wall and got myself set up to paint…again. I started off by putting the vinyl stickers back on. I didn’t have enough so I cut it up other letters to fit what I needed. It didn’t have to be perfect because my plan was to paint over the whole canvas in white, peel the stickers off, and fill in the letters with black paint.

Once the stickers were all on I had to decided which paint to use. Because I am the ‘Worst Artist Ever’ I decided to use interior house paint again. I used ‘Ballet White’ from Behr. It is the same color I used in the bathroom. I used a large brush and painted the whole canvas white.

This picture is after I did a second coat. I had to do a second coat because the first coat re-wet the paint of the original painting and it got mixed in with the white. I don’t mind a little color coming through but it was quite a lot so I decided to do the second coat. By now this canvas has 274 coats of paint and starting to look like I plaster of Paris-ed it. I’m loving the look. After I let it dry a couple of hours I pulled off the stickers and started outlining and filling in the letters. Because there were so many coats of paint it created a sort of natural outline for me to paint around.

This piece of art has really become a many hour project but I’m VERY happy with this version. I’ve had it up for a day and I haven’t once thought that I want to change it… good sign!

What I like about this version is that it brings the black and white of the rug over to that wall. It looks good with the Union Jack dresser and it has more texture to it than if I had just painted it white from the beginning. But seriously… I’m done painting for a while.