I painted the spare bedroom again. All of the inspiration I had loved for bedrooms using navy accents had white walls, but the color I used to match the trim just looked yellowed with age. I am in the process of repainting the entire main level and had purchased several test paints to find just the right color. I decided to take one of the ones that didn’t work downstairs and use it in this upstairs bedroom.
The color is by Sherwin Williams and is called Knitting Needles, but because I had test paints at 100% and 50%, I mixed them together to make a 75% color saturation. It was a little too cool of a grey for using on the main floor, but I thought it would work well in this bedroom because I am using a blue (navy) for accents. I am pleased with how it turned out – it is a neutral that brings the room to life and it’s not too dark to compete with the decor. Eventually, I would love to update the trim color in this room, but it wasn’t a priority on this day.
I also moved a spare pair of lamps into this room for the bedside. I spray painted them navy. For an entirely spare bedroom, it is coming along.
Bradley installed a new light over the kitchen sink for me. While he was at it, he wired some under-cabinet lighting into the same switch. We have really missed the under-cabinet lighting that we had at our old house for the past three years living here.
I don’t have a before picture, but the light over the sink was an ugly florescent tube light that was attached to a board behind a faux cabinet panel. The faux panel is still there – it gives a nice connected look to the cabinetry – but we now have a pendant light hanging down from behind it. It is exactly what I imagined for the space.
I’ve also been working on painting the downstairs a warm grey (SW Requisite Grey at 75%). The color left by the previous owner (Behr’s Gobi Desert) was too gold with a red undertone and looked really bad with my new dining room chairs. Our next project for this kitchen will be adding a backsplash.
For comparison, here is a side-by-side before and after shot:
I finally found two great little petite chairs for the front of our living room. I’ve been searching for a pair of Lewittes caned wingback chairs for over a year, but not having much luck. I had a saved Craigslist search and these popped up in the next town over, so I decided to go for it.
The burgundy fabric was not going to work for me and the padding was a little flat, so I decided to try having something reupholstered for the first time. The recovering of the chairs cost seven times what the chairs themselves cost, but I am so pleased with how they turned out. The upholsterer added padding to the seat and back cushions, and even made the back of the seat cushions follow the curve of the back of the chairs.
I chose a fabric by Richloom – Olson Cement. It is a nice putty color in a subtle herringbone pattern.
I love the caning, and with a little Restor-A-Finish on the wood, I think they will clean up really nicely. The size is perfect for under the front windows in the living room and they don’t block traffic in and out of the room. The best thing about them is they are good short-people chairs. I (at 5’3″) can sit all the way back in the chair and the front of the seat hits the back of my knees with my feet flat on the floor.
For my birthday, Bradley bought me new dining room chairs. We purchased our current dining room table and chairs second-hand when we moved into our first house. They are very solid, but the chairs are not comfortable for guests to sit and visit after the meal is over. I’ve had my eye on this type of upholstered chairs for years now – they are just quite pricey. I happened upon a deal at Home Decorators and sent it to Bradley. He jumped on the site and bought me six immediately, for at least half the price I’d seen them in the past. The finish on the legs is darker than our table, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’m just glad to offer comfortable seating to our dinner guests!
Over the past two weeks, I have been slowly working on changing the paint color of the shutters on our house. The previous owner had the door and shutters painted hunter green. They also painted the siding and trim the same uniform tan color, which I hope to address at some point. Right after we moved in, I tackled the front door with a can of Sherwin Williams Resilience paint color-matched to Burning Bush by Olympic.
Before the Before:
Now – two years later – it was time to address the shutters. I chose December’s Eve by Behr – color-matched at Sherwin Williams. My ultimate goal is to not only add contrast between the siding and the trim, but to also paint the window sashes a midnight blue-black to really make them pop. Inspiration found here and here. Maybe in two more years…