The Painting Game

I’ve moved on from bathroom updates to our bedroom. I can’t actually find any pictures taken specifically of our bedroom. Well there is this one, but you can’t really see the room.

I loved the red and gold when I chose it. I still like it now, but am ready for a change. And because we moved the bed to accommodate Rob’s desk, the red was on the wrong wall. Here it is after the new duvet and switching the nightstand from the window side to the door side. I have to climb over Rob or up from the foot to get in, but I have the window sill and Rob has the nightstand. Before the person on the door side had nowhere to put things (we switch sides without issue).

IMG_5217In the easy update, we moved around art and these beauties are now above the bed. The painting and the new duvet gave color inspiration. Most of the walls, including the red, are going grey – one step darker than the bathroom on the paint strip (left/bottom). The two walls by the bed are going blue/purple (3rd from left/bottom).


Because we are living in the room and don’t have a lot of space, I did the gray half this past weekend. I still need to do a second coat of white on the crown molding, but other than that I’m half way there. Oh, taking the molding from beige to white is the biggest cookie in this project, because if I paint the crown and base I have to do the door frames, and if I do the door frames then the doors and if the doors then the other side…

IMG_5409It did make us clean up the cords under the desk and I went through my bookshelf and have a stack ready to go. In the end it’s about purging and enjoying livable space.


Bathroom updates

Another installment of House Tour Tuesday! Last fall I finally nailed down a major culprit as to why I never looked great in the bathroom mirror. The color reflecting off of the bright green walls (a color I loved eight years ago) and the yellow light was doing nothing for me. So paint!

IMG_5262My mom visited in October and we painted together. I chose a cool gray color for the walls and we decided to paint the ceiling the same color. We got a new shower curtain. Something about upgrading to a fabric curtain instead of vinyl feels grown-up. We got a new bath mat and wash clothes that match the curtain.

IMG_5266I updated to a stainless accessories from the brown and olive. A new soap dish and tumbler.

IMG_5264Nesting kitchen baskets are working well to hold extra wash clothes and toiletries.

IMG_5263My favorite solution is this over the tank magazine rack as storage for my hair dryer and flat iron. The old brown ceramic tumbler is good for hot iron storage.

IMG_5265A $5 door mirror gives me my first full length mirror in a decade. While I was away last month Rob did the final touch which was purchasing daylight spectrum bulbs to get rid of the yellow cast. It’s a whole new room.

IMG_5261You can see a shot of the before in one of my first home posts and the most recent iteration about a minute and a half in on this house tour video.


House Tour Tuesday is back: Simple Changes

In the fall of 2013 with the arrival of our second son imminent I took on the project of making our 710 square feet work for a family of four. I took some videos. We purged like nobody’s business. We rearranged. And it works. I blogged all of the updates back then and you can see those posts and a “master list” under the House Tour tab above. The list is somewhat evolving, but in my blogging lackluster I’ve neglected this corner of cyberspace.

Over the past two years, the quest to have a functional home we love has continued. A big part of it is the constant purge of things we’ve outgrown – the clothes and shoes and baby gear. And now the toys. Our families are respectful of the fact we don’t have a lot of space and that all kid stuff must fit into their shared 8′ x 9′ room. Now that I am back to the size I will be and Caleb is weaned I’ve been able to pass on my odd sizes and nursing clothes. The amount of actual trash I find stashed still makes me disgusted in myself.


The next step is to freshen things up. We moved in back in 2007 and I’m just not excited by some of the paint choices I made back then anymore. And eight years and two kids can do a number on walls and trim. Back in October I got the urge and my mom helped me paint our bathroom – you’ll have to wait until next week for that one – and WOW! Huge difference.

We also got some new art. Rob got a photo of horses for his birthday and I got him an etching of the 7 train in Long Island City for Christmas. In trying to figure out where to hang them I did a complete rearrangement. Not counting the new art, since the one I bought was a gift, this project cost about $30 for a frame and a couple of new mats. Using mostly frames we already had and a combo of old and new photographs we now have a gallery wall in our living room. I want to replace baby Rob and Kasey in the lower left with a family photo of all four of us and maybe a different mat color. We bought two because weren’t sure what would work best for the pic of the boys, but I can’t tell if the navy isn’t working because it’s too dark or because it clashes so badly with the picture.

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The best parts in my opinion are that this was pretty fast taking only a couple of hours once we got started and that there is only one old nail hole visible that I need to touch up. The room is totally different.

Now deciding if I want to finish our bedroom or tackle the kitchen next.

Messy Reality

Lest you think the kids room (or my apartment for that matter) is pristine, I will knock that idea out right now. We have a tiny apartment and too much stuff. Yesterday I finally had it with the mountain of toys that is nightly shoved out of the way. I dumped all the bins and didn’t allow Simon screen time until everything had a home. I’m happy to say that a large bag of toys found a home in a donation bag and a moderate number of broken toys and actual trash (I’m continually disgusted with myself and the amounts of actual trash I find) made it to the trash bin. The rest was put away. Then I put the clothing bag I’m in the process of changing out and the pile of toys from the living room got thrown in there, so… This is my messy reality. I got rid of a lot of stuff, but always more to purge. #whoneedsit