Remodeling

We’ve officially been in our new house for a year! What a rollercoaster of a year it’s been.

When we moved in last year, I did the bare minimum–I unpacked and decorated and we’ve been making it our house…but we didn’t do anything major. After spending so much time remodeling our old house to sell it, sell our house, buy this house, move…I was just burned out. And I did not want any more projects!

But…with the pandemic…we suddenly had time. So we started some projects that were on our list for “eventually.” The first was Logan’s room.

Our house is a 1920’s bungalow. Originally the house was a small, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. But the original owners remodeled the attic to create a second story which is where the master bedroom suite is, plus another bedroom and a bonus area. Since it’s the “Attic” the ceilings are a little funky. Logan’s room is small with slanted ceilings. It’s ok for now. When he’s older and 6 feet tall, it won’t be his bedroom. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t take official “before” photos. But I have some before photos as we began prepping the room last weekend. Logan helped me take everything out of his room.

I did taping, prepping and primer on the walls. The walls were a very dark brown and then a light beige. The ceilings were cream colored. It was all very blah and dated.

I painted the ceiling white ceiling paint. It looks so much better!

Then I painted part of the closet a bright green and the rest blue. It looks SO nice! We love the colors!

I also got new dinosaur drapes and some dinosaur art to redecorate.

And the dinosaur decals he already had on his walls, are back up!

Logan loves it. I love it. I love the colors. The room looks much better. It’s brighter, lighter, happier, looks like a boy’s happy room instead of just drab brown. It’s so nice. I am super happy with it. The blue is “Honest Blue” and the green is “Heartland Frosty.” Definitely recommend both!

So the next big projects: paint the office and paint the master. The master bedroom is HUGE and it’s a very light brown/tan/beige. Kinda boring. The problem is that the room is humongous AND Michael and I cannot agree on a color. So we are waiting on that one. The issue with the office is that the colors are ATROCIOUS (think baby poop brown) and unfortunately the previous owner not only PAINTED THE ORIGINAL FLOORS (what were they thinking) so we have to fix the floors, but they never removed any of the previous layers of paint. So we have a lot of paint removal to do before we can do that room. Plus, the office has the original windows:

I got some product that is supposed to remove up to 15 layers of paint…we will see…but we may end up having to hire professionals. I’d like to keep the original windows. But they aren’t in great shape.

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

5 thoughts on “Remodeling”

  1. Love Logan’s room! That turned out great! He’ll have a lot of fun there until he gets too tall πŸ™‚

  2. His room is super cute and it looks so much brighter. (And it looks a lot cleaner with the new colors, I realize it was clean, but the difference is huge, visually.)

    Paint colors.

    We have built two houses. And I can’t remember what all the colors were in the old house. But this house, I had a system.

    All ceilings in the whole house are the same white.

    The walls in all the common rooms are a soft buttery yellow and the woodwork is very light wood.

    The Kitchen and front hall and entry way have wood molding (with quilt racks built in) that is 12” down from the ceiling, the walls above the quilt racks are painted the ceiling white color.

    The kitchen and entry and halls and computer room floors are wood laminate.

    The living room, loft, bedrooms and my studio have the exact same Berber carpet.

    All of the bedrooms have light tan walls and white woodwork.

    All the bathrooms have white wainscoting that stops a foot from the ceiling and the wall above it is a avocado-ish green. Every bathroom has big tile on the floor – mottled white and mottled green in diamond setting.

    Any window that has a covering has white plantation shutters.

    I am not suggesting those specific colors. But I think the consistency makes things feel big and open.

    And we did not have to debate every room. We have three full baths and five bedrooms, so it would have been a lot of decisions.

    We have a lot of art and a lot of quilts hanging. So the consistency of the walls helps to balance. The walls are backdrop.

    We have 3 main wall paint colors in the whole house. The only exception is the computer room which is painted nearly the same dark blue as the kitchen at the old house which I loved.

    We were in the old house just over 15 years, we have been here almost 20. And I am still happy with all the colors. We have not repainted or refloored anything.

    1. Thanks! It does feel brighter and cleaner in there. Fresh paint makes a big difference.

      That’s interesting about your paint colors. I like the idea of it. For me, however, we lived in a house that we planned to sell and made everything “neutral” to sell it. For years (it took us longer to finish things and sell it than we planned) we lived with beige. I was just sick of beige and wanted more colors in this house.

      When we bought this house, there were already bold colors. The dining room was a buttery yellow–a color we’d NEVER pick but love it. The upstairs bonus room that is now a playroom/music room is a really dark navy blue and I love that, too. It made me want more colors!

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