Two Yellow Bathrooms (the conclusion)

*This is the third and final part of a three part adventure of mine in home decorating. Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2

So we left off with me crying in the Home Depot parking lot but convincing myself that going back and painting my bathroom yellow would not be the worst thing and guess what? It was not.

Now- I have been asked on multiple occasions about my experience and based on the first one, most people expected me to say “Kill me now” or something along those lines.

Believe it or not, painting my bathroom was a relatively pleasant experience once I actually got to the painting part. Now, it took me a little while once I got home to really convince myself that I wanted to do something like this to myself again. I had to give myself multiple pep talks all the way up the stairs (and back down again, I obviously forgot things).

I prepped the bathroom way better than I did the last time, I thought through what I was actually doing, and I gave myself an action plan. Also- I did not start at 10:00 at night (I think that was one of the key factors in the dramatics of my first attempt).

I knew getting into it that there was no way I was going to do the trim at the top. I am just too short and our ladder is currently broken so I knew that I couldn’t finish the entire room by myself, which was fine, so away I went into the adventure of painting.

I finished, I would say, 70% of the bathroom by the time Nat got home. I left him most of the trim work at the top and some of the touching up.

Now as this adventure comes to a close and a I move on to my next big undertaking (which might just be going back to work on MONDAY) I have to say one thing:

Painting will never be a hobby of mine. I just don’t think that it is ever going to be something I enjoy, but now after 2 rooms I don’t think it is something that will bring me to tears (hopefully).

Now it is time to reveal the new color! There are a few spots that need touch up and my shelves aren’t completely decorated but here it is:

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I bought the picture frame and clock at TJ Maxx this morning…so ignore the price tag. The shelf decorations aren’t permanent. I just needed something to fill up the space for the time being. We will see where it ends up.


IMG_2879I got this print from Sacred Made shop. This is my 3rd print from this shop and I love it. I really am trying to put Biblical truth in every room of my home to help keep my mind focused on what is real and true. They are really nice quality and very affordable! Check them out!

IMG_2882I purchased this shower curtain at Target (surprise surprise) as well as the bath rugs. I am a little mad at myself because today at TJ Maxx I saw a few bath rugs I liked a little bit better. I might consider new rugs a little bit later…

Overall, I am pretty happy with the way this room turned out. It still has a little work left, but I am pleased. I am not excited about painting other rooms, but I am not dreading the day it comes.

Thanks for staying with me in this story! Happy Thursday!

 

 

Living Room Makeover

I think I have said this before, and if I haven’t I should have:I am a terrible interior decorator. Seriously, the idea of decorating makes me slightly nauseous and hysterical.

That being said, as a homeowner, I couldn’t ignore the need to decorate my house. It is easy in an apartment. I just kept telling myself we were only going to live there for a few months and then we would be gone. (I eventually decorated thanks to my mother and being told we were going to live there for more than a few months)

Anyway, my living room has been my priority. It is the space we spend the most time in and the space that people will see first when they walk into our house. I wanted it to be comfortable, yet simple and homey.

We bought new furniture at Rooms to Go- a couch and chair w/ ottoman. The room is a very weird space because of where the front door is in relation to the staircase and the fireplace. Anyway, we needed furniture that wouldn’t be humongous, but would also allow seating for more than 3 people.

(I was told DO NOT buy white/off white/cream colored furniture. Apparently black dogs and white furniture don’t mix. Well, I said psshh I will buy whatever furniture I like. Therefore, I have white furniture that I currently vacuum at least twice a week. I also try (unsuccessfully, I might add) to keep my dog on the floor or on a blanket if she is on the couch.)

Anyway- this is what we came up with and this is legitimately so comfortable and fits quite a few bottoms comfortably.

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The second most stressful thing in my life (next to getting dressed every morning) was buying a rug. I knew from the beginning of our time in this house that I would need a rug for this room. It was just too big and needed something to bring it all together (and it has helped the never ending sweeping event that has been going on in the last month and a half). Well, I have been staring at our blank floor with disdain and I have beens staring at rugs in stores, trying desperately to find something I would like in a few months that did not cost me an arm and a leg (we are teachers, people!).

So, the other day I went to Target to buy something I needed, maybe peanut butter or what not. But, like during all Target trips, I started wandering around not looking for anything in particular, but ending up with a bunch of stuff (not in my cart, because I try not to use a cart so I don’t buy as much) in my arms, which I kept dropping, but kept refusing to get a cart because I wasn’t getting THAT MUCH. Whatever, it happens to all of us. Anyway, I was wandering through the bathroom/bedroom aisles just minding my own business, when I ran into the rug aisle and came across a rug I didn’t mind putting in my living room.

Well, long story short…I bought the rug, got home, laid it on the ground and….I hated it.

I hated it because I bought a 5 x 7 but this room is much too big for a 5 x 7 rug.

After the failure, I sat on the couch and pouted about my horrible decision making, decorating skills, and then decided to go back to Target and see if I could find the rug in a bigger size.

As you can see, congratulations are in order. I found the rug in a 7 x 10 and ended up actually buying it (after again, not getting a cart, so I walked my happy self around while carrying this 10 feet long rug around Target. No shame)

IMG_1954 (Doesn’t Avery look majestic?)

I’m pleased so far with how the rug has pulled my little room together. I will continue on with paint color and other decor tomorrow.

Adding color

Living in an apartment is not the best for decorating. We are allowed to paint, but it is such a hassle because we would have to paint over it when we move out. There isn’t a lot of space, so I do what I can with what I have.

Our bedroom has been a source of stress for me. There isn’t a lot you can do in that small of space, and we don’t want to buy a lot of new furniture until we own a house. We can deal with hand me downs and older things during this season.

I have been stuck in a rut with colors. Our bedspread is grey and white, which opens up a lot of opportunities for other colors, but I have a hard time making a decision about what I want to do. I think it has something to do with commitment…whatever, I’ll deal with that later.

Anyway, I was perusing Pinterest the other day and saw the Grey/Coral combo and I immediately knew that is what I wanted to do. I have tried really hard to make our apartment “gender neutral” or at least less girly than I would usually have it. We don’t have a lot of pinks, because I don’t want Nat to feel like he is living in a girl world.

That has now changed. I will admit- I did ask Nat if he minded having coral in our bedroom. All he asked was that I still stay out of his closet (that is his area in our apartment). Deal.

I started with plain, white lamps:

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I bought these at Target for like $15 a piece- one for each side of the bed.

I sanded them down with just a piece of sand paper.

I used Behr Ultra in Japanese Kimono. I painted 2 coats, just to make sure.

DSC_0026This is the final product! A very simple pop of color (and they match my coral pillow cases).

My second project to add some coral color in our bedroom was this standing shelf:

IMG_0910I bought this at an antique store for like $10. We sanded it down and used the same color paint we used for the lamps.

After a couple of coats of paint and a few decorative pieces- here is the final product!

DSC_0028The dried flower on top are my bouquet from our wedding. My sister made the twine “S” which was also used at our wedding.

It is rare that I enjoy decorating, but these were actually fun (simple) projects that newbies like me can enjoy!

Have a great Saturday 🙂

Sarah