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We are two house-loving DIYers now onto our second house. One of us has vision...and one has actual skills.
Design and working on our home are our major hobbies, whenever we have a few moments of free time not devoted to our daughter or jobs. We are hoping to share our ideas, triumphs and mistakes to help other DIYers and get new ideas from all of you!

Monday, August 28, 2017

A sea of blues

This weekend saw a major shift to a fully painted room. First, we had to pick the color...blue, blue or more blue? Not too purple, not too green, not too gray, not too dark, not too light...

I'm so glad Brent tinted the primer one of the colors we were considering, because it became very clear that was NOT our color. It read very purple in the space, and we had an inkier color in mind. Enter the sample cans. As much as I dislike spending money, when you're going to commit to a color that is literally going EVERYWHERE in the room (trim, walls, bookshelves), this was a wise investment. 



Tessa even got in on the action!

Colors we actually tested from top to bottom, L to R, (all Benjamin Moore):
  • Gentelman's Gray (this is our powder room color)
  • Washington Blue
  • Newburyport Blue
  • Van Deusen Blue
  • Summer Nights
  • Blue Danube

It became clear pretty quickly that CW-630 was winning us over. I also really liked the slightly more green Summer Nights, but ultimately, Washington Blue (CW-630) prevailed!

Next came the first coat of trim:


And then the walls!



Brent was on a mission, and finished it up late last night after our neighbor's BBQ.






The early morning light (this room faces west) revealed the inky, mercurial, stately blue I was hoping for.  It kind of draws you in and you peek in from the Living Room or Dining Room.  

Brent also braved late-August-weekend Ikea (he went straight to the warehouse armed with the exact spots he was heading and brought home the bones for our will-be bookshelves on the mantle wall. 

We are excited to get them assembled so we can start problem-solving a couple of issues and finalize some details on the design. 

More to come this weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

You can get FREE Benjamin Moore Large Paint Chips mailed to you


Amazing resource found...while you CAN get large paint chips from your local Benjamin Moore paint store (I heart Johnson's Paints on Warren Street), I just discovered that you can also get them shipped to you FREE.


I may have just ordered...8 different colors...multiple large chips of each...pics of them up in the Library as soon as they arrive!


Any early thoughts on the colors above?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Library Update and a HomeGoods find!

There has been some patching/plastering and sanding!





In general, when we (Brent) get to working on a room the steps are:

  1. Clear it out. 
  2. Scrape wallpaper if present. Ugh...the worst...thankfully we only have one room left where this will have to happen (3rd floor bathroom)
  3. Assess the ceiling and wall damage.
  4. Scrape (see the sexy new HEPA vac??), gouge, and prep to plaster.
  5. Coat of thin set.
  6. Sand.
  7. Repeat steps 4 & 5 MANY times until first the ceiling, and then the walls are as smooth as you want them to be.
  8. Prime well.
  9. Paint at least two coats (ceiling first, then walls).

Note that none of this is particularly highly skilled, it's just a lot of elbow grease, time, and audio books listened to.

I found this on Pinterest by studio36 as my jumping off point for using Ikea to make "built-in" shelves around the faux fireplace.
http://studio36interiors.com/diy-built-in-bookcase-reveal-an-ikea-hack/ 


As you can tell, a prior owner had tried a similar feat...it just...wasn't....what we are going for.


Here are some of my inspo pics for the Library:

http://coryconnordesigns.com/portfolio/living-spaces


Do you SEE the cloud wallpaper on the ceiling??
http://www.traditionalhome.com/category/beautiful-homes/stylish-update-historic-detroit-home?page=9 

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/home-libraries-slideshow#14 
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/76/3e/15/763e157ab8576741d8969149ff8d78e0.jpg

As you can see, I'm fairly obsessed with a dark blue/gray color. I plan to incorporate coral as the accent color, which ties it all back to my wallpaper choice for the dining room.  I am very into the examples where the trim and walls are the same color.  As the trim in this one room has already been senselessly painted, I'm going with it. The window trim is still up for debate in our house at the moment...but I think it totally changes the vibe to pop white up in there.

See?


It's just not the same...

The sectional, Brent's recliner, and the rug will be staying in the library. I've already been collecting coral and navy accessories. I'm on the hunt for:

1. Window treatments
    • Brent wants plantation shutters - anyone know where to get the kind that can split and be open on the top half and don't cost a fortune?? Now that we have a paint sprayer, getting them the same color wouldn't be hard.
    • I am into the look of the middle piece here (no heavy curtains in this room):



2. A new coffee table. Probably something round that will not kill you if you walk/fall into it and Tessa can use to eat/draw on occasionally without having an anxiety attack. 

3. Some lighting options and side tables. 

4. What to hang on the walls that do not have the bookshelves or TV.

Speaking of wall hangings! After MANY months of hunting Marshalls, HomeGoods, various websites including Minted (sooo pretty, but too $$$) and Wayfair/Overstock/Joss & Main, I have found artwork for the Living Room! 

It is as large as I was hoping (part of why so $$ other places....), has the right colors and tones to go with the furniture and wallpaper that will someday be in the Dining Room next door, and makes me think of the Connecticut shore without screaming, "BEACHY! I BELONG IN THE BEACH HOUSE YOU WILL NEVER HAVE." I hate artwork like that. 

Are you ready??


Clearly, it still needs to be hung on the wall...but...it was found ON CLEARANCE (less than $100) at the HomeGoods in Bedford, MA.  Tessa tells me daily she likes "my new paint," so I'm keeping it. 

Bonus, while on the return trip to pick up the painting (because it AND Tessa could not both fit in Brent's car...oops that was not a fun discovery), I also scored this fun bowl to accessorize the library.


Once the library furniture can move back in, I look forward to putting some finishing touches on the living room (window treatments, hanging things, possible additional chair). But that's a ways off...still need to pick a paint color... do you have any favorite navy's/deep blues/bluish grays to recommend we consider? 

http://lauradesignco.com/blog/2015/7/30/source-book-the-best-navy-paints
I also like Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue...Benjamin Moore Van Deussen Blue, and Benjamin Moore's Gentleman's Gray (which we used in the Powder Room).  Let us know what colors you like the best!