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Painting the Corner Bedroom

IMG_1433After I finished painting the guest room, I decided to paint the corner room, which was being used by the boys. It, too, championed the ever prevalent yellow ochre that plagued the rest of the house. Tiger boy still wanted yellow, just not that yellow.

Since my husband was still out of town, I temporarily moved the boys into the Master bedroom, where we all had a sleepover (which meant that I was painting in their room while they were sleeping in mine).

IMG_1545What a difference, right?! This room already had chair rail running all the way around, so I only painted the upper half yellow. The lower half was painted to match the trim color I was going to paint throughout the house (Valspar’s “statuesque”). Interestingly, the buttery yellow in this room is actually a slightly peach color called “Sunset Nude.” Where do they get these names?

IMG_1543I love that it added instant brightness and warmth to this space. There is really no comparison to how it looked before. It is such an improvement! And now that the boys are in the larger, fourth room, Im outfitting this room for the new  baby. I haven’t finished decorating it yet, but I think I will keep the brown and green theme regardless of the gender. I consider mint to be gender neutral for those who think color should be gender assigned. Also, I don’t want to blow my budget on new baby things, especially baby decor. They do grow out of that stage rather quickly, and a whole design makeover can be pricy. I’d rather save my money on a design he or she can grow into.


Future needs for this room: We have already added the fan/light, but we need to paint the brass trim around the recessed lighting, redo the floors, and replace the door to the room, and add bifold closet doors to replace the sliding closet doors.

Painting the Guest Bedroom

While my husband was off to a wedding in California, I stayed home and took the opportunity to paint the guest room.


In spite of the lovely diaper inspiring color choice that was already there, I really wanted a light gray color on the walls, one which would complement a chevron gray and yellow rug with matching curtains.

Instead of buying samples, I made another impulse buy-Valspar’s “Comet Dust” wasn’t quite the gray I was hoping for. That’s what happens when you are in a hurry-things don’t quite work out as planned. But thats because planning got thrown out of the process . . .


Instead of a nice medium gray, I now had more of a baby blue. So much for gray and yellow. Maybe thats a good thing? I think it still qualifies as a neutral. At any rate, it’s still a huge improvement upon its predecessor.

Even though I was doing this at night while the kids slept, I managed to make enough noise to wake up Tiger boy (probably whilst swearing at myself for buying baby blue). Unbeknownst to me he walked in and promptly got paint in his hair before asking me why I wasn’t in bed.


I found it the next morning after his shower. Talk about difficult to remove!! Ice didn’t work, shampoo didn’t work . . . Occasionally I would hold him steady and work on pulling it out by hand, but he protested enough that I finally let it alone, and a few weeks later it was gone.
Since the gray was the wrong color, I ordered a pair of plain, white curtains from Amazon. The grommets are a sort of antiqued gold color instead of the chrome or silver I was going for, but you can hardly tell.

IMG_2398Instead of yellow and gray, I am beginning to think that the slight blue/gray color would look better with coral and gold, or maybe coral and antique gold? I’ll figure it out.

Doesn’t it look nice?

Future needs for this room: Replace the closet doors with bifold, replace the bedroom door, redo the hardwood floors, whitewash the bed, and find a cheap pair of side tables and matching lamps. I will try to use some of the decor I currently have to decorate the walls.


Painting the Fourth Bedroom

The week before my husband left for his cousins wedding, I decided to paint the fourth bedroom. It is the uppermost room, the only one on the third level. I decided to start from the top and work my way down . . .

IMG_1461IMG_1462I don’t seem to have any “before” pictures, but this, too, was the yellow ochre color the rest of the house was sporting. And, as you can see, the yellow ochre is gone!! It has been replaced by Valspar’s “Timber Dust”, otherwise known as the color that makes you want a chocolate shake. I’m serious! Look at those walls and then tell me a nice chocolate malt doesn’t sound good . . .

The trim color is “Statuesque,” also by Valspar. I plan on using the trim paint throughout the house for continuity.

We really wanted this to be our master bedroom, but it doesn’t have a bathroom. That door in the middle of the walk leads to the attic. So instead of using it for ourselves, we moved the boys into that room. It just made more sense. The other three rooms were on the second level. One of them was our Master, the other the guest, and the last one was their room. Now that we had a baby on the way, their much smaller room was needed for a nursery.

The boys moved in this weekend. I wish I had had the sense to take a picture before they wrecked it, but I think you get the idea of space in spite of the mess.


It is a lot of room for two little boys to grow into, especially since they will probably have to share until one of them moves out. However, they are so much happier in this space than they were downstairs. And Dragon boy now has room for his trains!


Future needs for this room: In addition to new closet doors (they keep coming off), this room needs a new door, a mini split A/C unit or zoned A/C throughout the house (it is far too hot in the summer), and the hardwood floors refinished.