Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen and Living Room

Hello! Happy "you survived Monday and all you get is Tuesday" day :)

I had a pretty crazy Monday...it resulted in my coming home from work and crawling directly into bed. When AJ told me that dinner was ready I suggested that we eat dinner (spaghetti) in bed...he politely declined the offer and I reluctantly got up and ate dinner at the kitchen table like a normal human being ;)

We had a super busy weekend and I just wasn't feeling the start of a new week....Now don't get me wrong, I was excited to be at school with my little angels (seriously, no sarcasm here!) but I needed a serious re-charge after all the excitement last week.

Part of the craziness last week was that we had our living room and kitchen painted. I knew when we bought the house that it would be the very first thing we would have to do. It took some convincing, but instead of painting it ourselves I convinced AJ that we should hire someone to do it. It's a big space and the ceilings are really tall...and don't even get me started on the ceiling above the stairs...there was no way I was going to get on a ladder to try and paint that...and I love my husband far too much to let him risk his klutzy life 15 feet in the air.

Here are the before photos (and proof as to why it HAD to be done immediately)

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I mean...I'm a strong believer in "to each his own" but seriously...what were they thinking? Red and gold? Then throw in a bright blue sunroom as your backdrop...no.no.no!
I suppose I have to be a bit grateful for her bold tastes because I 100% believe it's the only reason we got the house. Most houses we looked at were on and off the market in 24 hours...and this house was on the market for several days, and since we have watched House Hunters a million times (and criticized the people who complain about the color) we were able to look past the bold choices and snatched up the house!
We both knew we wanted a neutral grey/beige aka "greige" color...but seriously who knew how many options there were. After HOURS at Home Depot we picked three different samples we liked and went home painted 3 swatches and tested each color in each room with different light. 2 of them were VERY similar and one was just WAY too bold for such a large space.
We ended up settling on Behr Pewter Mug (a grayish blue)

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Luckily for us, AJ's cousin Shane is a painter and he was able to fit us in to his schedule right away...and by right away I mean...the very next day! He told us it would probably take 4 days! That right there made me SO grateful that we would not be tackling this task on our own...I enjoy painting for about 3.5 seconds before I get bored and whiny ;)

The first night I got home from work I was SHOCKED! He told us he was just going to patch holes and tape off the trim, but he ended up putting down a first coat and priming the red wall...

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It already looked about 4 million times better and it wasn't even trimmed in yet! This was proof that I am a neutral girl at heart :)
By Thursday he had it all done (minus the hallways, which we had stupidly decided to take on ourselves)

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I tried to take pictures from the exact same spot for the after photos...I mostly succeeded. I do apologize for the poor quality of the photos...I hope you can at least get the idea ;)
At this point I was SO glad to be rid of the red and gold walls...but I still wasn't sold on the color. It was a little bluer than I hoped for and it made the wood trim (which I am not a huge fan of) stand out (because the red and gold were no longer there as a distraction)

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Friday night AJ and I tackled the hallways...foolishly thinking it wouldn't take that long...well 6 hours later (3:30AM) we finally finished! The real miracle wasn't that we finished with little to no paint on the floor or trim (I'm a pretty good trimmer-and the brush I had was awesome) but the fact that I was able to stay awake! Usually, the first Friday after school starts I am asleep no later than 8:30...I suppose I have the 2-liter of Pepsi to thank for my alertness ;)

After finishing the hallways I breathed a huge sigh of relief...and not just because we were done...but because I finally felt like I LOVED the color. Not having the gold from the hallways to distract me made me appreciate the subtlety of the gray/blue.

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I'm still not a HUGE fan of the way the wood trim looks with the color... but we are thinking up ways to make it work in the space and avoid painting it all white. That will be a project for another time :)

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I just can't believe how drastic the difference is...It not only makes our house feel bigger (and cleaner) it makes it feel like OUR house and like we can finally start living in it! The next step is getting furniture and hanging things on the wall...which will hopefully happen sooner or later...Gracie is getting really tired of not having a couch to sleep on ;)

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