Hi Everyone ~ Just in case you hadn’t noticed, one of my favorite things to do is change the color of things. That can include repainting the rooms in my house, redecorating, dying fabric or sweaters, and spray painting what ever I can get my hands on. I thought I would elaborate on that a bit, in relation to my last post. My last post showed one of our guest rooms that I have been in the process of freshening up. Here’s how it looked a few months ago –
It’s not bad, it’s just a little subtle for my taste right now. I have been using brighter colors and wanted to incorporate those brighter colors into one room in my house. Plus, this room had been the same for about 3 years, and I was getting bored with it! My thought was “I’ll just change the color and make a new quilt.”
Fairly simple right?
Joel and I talked about it and decided that while I was redecorating and emptying the room, we should change a few other things.
For example, the windows in this room hadn’t been replaced yet. During our remodel, we put new windows in the rest of the house. The new windows are double hungs. These are casements, with a grill added across the top to try to make them match our double hungs. By the way, I cut an old grill from a patio door into pieces and then hot glued them into the old windows in my effort to make them match a little better. At the time, it was a much cheaper solution, and as Tim Gunn would say “Make it work”!
Upgrading the window meant removing the casing and getting new trim. That resulted in lots of painting of woodwork and those windows are so putsy to paint! Behind the trim we found very little insulation. This room has always been rather cold in the winter, so while we were fixing things, we decided to strip all the sheet rock and replace the insulation. While we were at it, we should probably tear down the ceiling too and replace that insulation too. Then the room looked like this ~
And my living room next door looked like this (I won’t say for how long)
Then, while we were at it, we thought we should add a closet to the room. The people who owned the house before must not have used it as a bedroom because who would have a bedroom without a closet? So, we framed in a closet. That resulted in even more woodwork that needed painting and more drywalling. It was definitely worth it, as now that closet makes a good place to store all my quilts!
And, while I was at it, I needed to paint the bed. The former black color would never work with my new color scheme. That resulted in the bed being moved out to the front yard while I tried out many colors of yellow spray paint. After many coats, the bed looked like this ~
Almost done! After months of work, layers of sheetrock dust, inhaling paint fumes, and sewing like crazy, my love for revamping has wavered several times. I really should quit using the saying “while I’m at it, I might as well……”. Now, I am down to just needing to finish decorating the room. I made a trip into the nearest big town to look for some accessories and a chair for the corner of the room. (This chair actually belongs in a different room. This photo also shows the new and improved windows)
I didn’t find a thing for this room. But, while I was at it, I found this cute chair for my studio!
This chair is my new favorite thing. Isn’t it cute? It’s from Pier 1. They have lots of cute small chairs. It was on sale and Joel’s office chair was falling apart, so I bought him one too (while I was at it).
Isn’t it funny how changing my paint color resulted in all that? Well, maybe funny isn’t quite the right word, but at least I got this cute new office chair!