Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bedroom Updates

I’ve been meaning to get back to this little blog for some house updates, but it seems every spare moment I get, I end up working on something else in the house, so the blog has just been taking a backseat to getting things done.  My to-do list/wanna-do list is never ending around here.  We make lots of trips to Home Depot.  Thankfully, it’s only 5 minutes from our house.

Two days after Christmas, my mom and Rudie flew up to help us get settled in.  We hugged them, thanked them immensely for coming, and then put them straight to work.  Rudie knows electrical thingamajiggers, so he helped Tim switch out light sockets and install ceiling lights in the kid’s rooms.  (Is it a northern thing that there are no light fixtures in the bedrooms? Weird.) 
Tyson got some training in electrical work too.

While they were working on lights, my mom was watching kids, washing laundry, cooking meals, and cleaning, and I spent three days straight painting all the bedrooms various shades of gray. (Have I mentioned that I like gray?)
When we moved in, every wall, ceiling, all the trim, baseboards, and every door was painted in the exact same cream color.  It made everything look blah and dingy.

So before I could paint any of the bedroom walls, I painted the baseboards, kid’s closet doors, and all the window and door trim in Behr’s Ultra White in semi-gloss.  Painting all the trim work in a bright white makes a big difference in the overall look and feel of the room.  Although it’s no fun to do it, it’s definitely worth the work and hassle of just getting it done.
We still need to get some things hung up on the walls and find curtains for most of the windows, but the bedrooms are coming along nicely and it’s starting to feel more and more like home around here.
I’ll take you on a little tour of that part of the house.
Here we go.
Looking down the hall straight into the master:

Master Bedroom Before:

Master Bedroom Now (in progress):


Wall Color : Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl
Lamps : Target
Hanging Lantern : Target
Canvas Art : TJ Maxx
Rug : Urban Outfitters
Bed : West Elm
Dresser : Ikea

All the bedrooms are really close together, which is definitely nice at this stage of life. To the right of the master is the boy’s room.  See how close it is?
Boys Room Before:

Boys Room Now (in progress):


Paint : Behr’s Silver Drop
Beds : Pottery Barn Kids (Craigslist find)
Pendant Lights : Home Depot
Rug : Target ($30 steal)
Dresser and tall shelf : Ikea
Closet Door Knobs : Anthropologie (clearance sale)

Then right next to the boy’s room (and kinda cattycornered to the master) is Peyton’s room.

Peyton’s Room Before:

Peyton’s room now (in progress):


Paint Color : Behr’s Irish Mist
Chandelier : Antique Store
Bed : Antique Store
Dresser and Vanity : Craigslist
Closet Door Pulls : Anthropologie (clearance sale)
Rug : Pottery Barn Kids

Well, there’s lots more to get done around here, so I better get on it!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Seriously these rooms look like they r out of a magazine! I am do impressed! I'm the slowest decorator in the world! We have lived in our house for almost 2 yrs and i still have painting and decorating to do! Great job girly! U r talented!

  2. i honestly don't know how you work your magic so fast. You have an eye/gift and it all comes out so effortlessly. I'm struggling over here...and we've been here 9 months. lol. It's beautiful! I especially love all the grays--Irish mist was one of our choice for the bathrooms.love it all. Can't wait to see what's next.

  3. Oh My Gosh!!! All the rooms look totally amazing!! I love all the paint colors too. You have done such a great job at making it a home with lightening speed. I am starting to wonder if you are some kind of decorator/diy-er super hero.