Most Revered Hallway

This little hallway of ours has come a long way since day one in our NC abode. Let’s travel back, shall we?

Foyer Before

Blue and white and orangey floors all over. Whew, people. Am I the only one that feels a little dizzy taking all that gloriousness in?

Good news in our neck of the woods, we no longer have pink walls. They’re officially pewter walls!

Revere Pewter in Entry

Since this is the first room you see when you enter the house, I wanted something classic and understated. After using Revere Pewter in past houses, I knew it would fit the bill.

I’m seriously smitten. I especially love how it looks against the crisp, white wainscoting!

Revere Pewter In Hallway

Now that we have a few more rooms finished around here, you can see how the entry looks from the Living Room, looking out onto Rachel’s room.

We’ve got Edgecomb Gray in the Living Room, for reference.

Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray

I can tell you one thing – painting stairwells = a serious pain in the bondonka donk. Jay had to actually get our outside ladder to edge the top, and then use a go go gadget arm movement to get in on the rest of that action.

I watched. And took pictures. And cheered him on. 😀

Painting Tall Stairwell

Now that it’s done though, I feel pretty good temporarily checking the foyer off the to-do list.

A few things still drive me bonkers – like our mismatched floors…

Provincial Floor Stain

And our vintage chic light fixtures…

Antique Hall Light Fixture

But ya know, what the hey – it doesn’t look like this and I’m going to come out and say it – that’s progress amigos.

Removing Wallpaper on Steps

Oh and a bit fat THANK YOU – for all the kind words on our exciting announcement yesterday. A nursery post or two will definitely be in the works over the next few months 🙂

Bedroom Beauty

Well, this weekend some pretty exciting things started happening around here. Namely, we started putting a few of our rooms back together again. Woooo to the Hooo. Not going to lie, this makes me very, very happy. 😀

See that paint up on the wall? We’re finally done with this room and I’m so ready to peacefully slumber in an actual bedroom and not on a floor like we have for the past 3-months!

Board and Batten Trim

In the interest of keeping things nice and bright in this room (it tends to read dark) and since we had a half-gallon left over from the downstairs, we decided to paint the walls above the wainscoting Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.


Here’s a shot of the room from the doorway.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

And the before, just for a solid comparison.

Master Bedroom Before

I’m pretty smitten with how it turned out! That being said, my bedroom standards are starting out pretty low around here, since we’ve been spending our evenings parked on a mattress since April. 😀 Yeah – doesn’t take much to improve off of our current sleeping situation.

Now, I told you guys before that I’ve been having some mad luck down here craigslisting and thrifting, and I’ve got a few more lovely lookers that have been added to the stash. Although not in perfect condition, I got an 8×10 wool Pottery Barn rug for $100. Not bad, right?

By trouble spots, I ain’t lying though. This was in a kiddos room before and they took some serious anger out with a pink pen at some point down the road. Truth be told, since we plan on using this for right under our Queen Bed though, these spots really didn’t rile me much. Although it’s not in perfect condition, all in all, I love how it looks under our newly assembled queen bed.

Removing Stains from Carpet

Oh, and if you’re noticing that our upholstered base from our bed is missing in action – that would be because it suffered the fate of an early death. What can I say, moving across the country and unloading all your lovely items in the rain is just a recipe for a pretty jacked up looking bed. The goods news – that beast of a bed (it was HEAVY) was a DIY, and only set us back $60 or so when we made it. The bad, we had no base to lay our bed on.

Enter craigslist, where I found this split queen box spring for $40. Boo to the ya. For all you old house owners, y’all know that getting boxsprings up narrow stair wells – well, there’s often lots of cussing involved and it normally isn’t pretty (aka it usually doesn’t fit!)

Double Box Spring Queen

Here’s another shot of the room, from the side. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we actually have quite a bit of room at the end of the bed before you get to our dresser. I’ve always wanted to put an ottoman at the end of the bed, but since our rooms have always been so tiny, there has never been enough room.

I tested out one of our chairs there in the dormer. Not crazy about how it looks, so I think I’ll keep tweaking that a bit until I find a winning combo.

Split Boxspring for Queen

Last but certainly not least, is our new dresser! We didn’t have room for a dresser in the last bedroom (yep, that’s pretty small), so we’re pretty excited to be moving on up in the world of clothing storage. I found this guy for $80 at my new favorite thrift shop here in Durham.

Refinishing Antique Dresser

It could use a refinish down the road, but for now, I deem it an acceptable location to store my underwear. 😉 Plus – this thing is crazy heavy, so I can tell you that I’m not super motivated to schlep this beast back down the steps it came from.

And, as promised, here are a few of the official after photos from our Board and Batten extravaganza last week. I’m totally and completely smitten!

Edgecomb Gray Paint

And another angle.

DIY Board and Batten

Now all this room needs is us and that little orange tabby! We’re getting super excited to officially move in this weekend!


A Room Of Our Own

Although our bedroom was one ugly duckling when we moved in, I’m a firm believer that this space has got all kinds of potential once we snazz it up a bit. One of the things that I’m the most excited about is the prospect of reorganizing some of the space to create a pretty sweet Master Suite. That’s right, y’all, we’re planning on adding a bathroom to this little room of ours.

And in all honesty, by little, I mean way bigger than rooms we are used to. Namely, we’ve got a little nook just hanging out in the corner of the room that feels awfully underutilized right now. Just like my light bulb laundry moment, I had a bit of an epiphany when I walked into this room when we were house hunting.

If you remember from our overall house tour, the two upstairs bedrooms are very similar, however the second bedroom has a small office/playroom/future nursery/flex space attached to the back. I thought that a similar layout would work in the Master, but we’d just make that area a bath, instead! Peeerrrfection.

Second Floor Layout That being said, with all the other projects we’ve got in the hopper right now, this is definitely something that we will have to wait a year or so to do, which will allow us time to save up some cold hard cash to help pay for it. We’re pretty committed around here to doing all our renovations with cash on hand (vs. using our credit card), so if we want it, well just have to wait a bit for it! And believe you me, I want it. 😉

Here are some before shots of our bedroom, so you can see what we’ll be working with.

This is the main wall when you walk in, and most likely where we’ll position the bed.

Master Bedroom Before

This little nook below is where our bathroom will go! I think it’s the perfect size for a walk-in shower, toilet and vanity.

Adding Bath to Master Bedroom

So far, the only real progress we’ve made on this room was removing all the wallpaper. I’ve sampled a few colors up there, but this room is giving me heartburn on paint, too.

A Room of Our Own

As you can see, we inherited some pretty nice trim work in this room. We’ll definitely be working with that to create some type of wainscoting down on the lower side of the room. When we moved in, the trim in this room as all a creamy/yellowy off-white that just wasn’t my jam. Here’s a sneaky peaky at what I’ve been working on the past few days at the house. Just look how different Benjamin Moore Simply White looks up against the trim that was there before.

Painting Wainscoting

Needless to say, I think things will be improved for the better once we’ve got the bottom half of the room painted in a nice crisp white.  This room reads kinda dark right now (if you can’t tell from the pictures) so I’m looking forward to small changes that we can make in the room to brighten it a bit.

As far as layout for the space, after thinking about it quite a bit, I’m pretty sure the configuration below is pretty much the only option that will work for this room.

Master Bedroom Layout I seriously want to squeal like a pig looking at that proposed bathroom add-on. It just makes my heart so dang happy.

Here are some yummy plans for the bedroom.

Master Bedroom Mood Board

And eventually, for the bath!


Master Bathroom Mood Board

We’re hard at work this week finishing up some painting in this room – I can’t wait to show y’all some official before and afters! 🙂

Feeling Edgy

Picking paint colors is such a fun part of the home renovation process – after floor refinishing and wall removal, this step definitely feels like progress. That being said, the fun factor is starting to wain a bit. I think I’ve tried over 10 samples at this point, and I’m having a hard time finding one that I like for our spaces. See what I mean? (this is just the dining room options…)

Best Greige Paint Colors

Yeah – lots of samples. Now, I have a general idea of the look and feel that I’m going for in each space, but testing the colors in the house has proven to me that I really have to buy the sample paint color, since the swatches have been looking so darn different once I get them up on the wall. Too purple, too gray, too meh.

Although I knew that I wanted the dining room/kitchen to be a bit darker this time, to balance out the white, bright cabinets, I also knew that I wanted something soft and neutral in our living space. Since this room is one of the first things you see when you walk in 2 out of 3 doors in the house, I thought a calming palette would be the perfect touch. As in the past, I also knew that my all time favorite color for that type of room, is tried and true Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

This color is the best. It never reads too yellow and it never reads too gray. Perfection. Here it is against the fireplace we were edging in.

Edgecomb Gray

As soon as we started edging in with the color, I knew it was going to be night and day better once it was up.

Since I was struggling so much with picking a paint color for the kitchen/dining space – I also thought that it would be super helpful to have at least one color signed sealed and delivered, so that I could make sure that the adjacent rooms would play nicely together.

Jay rolled, I edged.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Even after one coat, I could tell that this was going to turn out beautiful.

Edgecomb Gray Paint

I had a few moments of concern early on, where it looked kinda purple in contrast to the yellowish white that was up there before. Like in this shot, you can see a bit of the cooler tones coming out.

Edgecomb Gray

After 2 houses and 3+ years of painting, I also decided to splurge and buy myself a new edging paint brush. I love it. It’s got a little flexible handle and it’s so easy to use (small). For the most part, this paint brush is so great that it allows me to edge without taping anything off, which is a ginormous time saver. For the few spots I did drip, I came back through with a rag to touch it up as I went along.

Best Paint Brush for Edging

Look how peachy keen everything came out when we were all done!

Edgecomb Gray in Living Room

Another shot, so you can see how it looks up against the newly finished wood floors.

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore

It feels amazingly good to have one room quasi done now, and I’m definitely ready to move some furniture back in. We decided that we’d like to replace our crown with some chunkier stuff right away as well, so we didn’t even bother edging out the top. All and all, this project only took us 2-hours, and now instead of this.

Yellow Paint in Living Room

We have this!

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore

Now tell me – do you guys have some favorite paint colors you can share? Help a girl out! 🙂

Picking La Paint

Jump, jump around. Jump up, jump down and touch da ground. Dance with me people – cause we’ve got some paint happening over here. WOOOOOOTTTTT. Yeah – you could say I’m excited. 😀

So y’all know we’ve been busting our big old booties over here to get some of the rough work done in our attic so we can finally paint. I can’t even put into words how happy it made me to grab my paint brush this weekend and start cranking it out. But weeks ago actually, I took a trip to the local Benjamin Moore to see all the pretties lining the wall and to start sleuthing out my favorite colors. Here are some of the beauties I came back with.

Benjamin Moore Greige Colors

I decided to get a bit more scientific about my paint hunt this time, and slapped some of the color contenders down on paper so I could move them around the room a bit easier and see the colors in different light. Here are the main colors I was considering for the room, this is a shot of them in natural light, with no overhead lights on.

Best Greige Colors

I also did the same thing in our bathroom. We tested out Kendall Charcoal and Revere Pewter.

Best Greige Paint Colors

In the end, I really, REALLY wanted to go with the Kendall Charcoal and make the space moody but my hubby told me to go with Revere Pewter. I totally blame it on him 😀 Although I do like the Revere Pewter, as I started to slap that paint up on the wall I kept thinking nostalgically about the paint that got away. One of these days, Kendall Charcoal is going to make its debut and it’s going to be epic.

Since our bathroom is so teeny tiny (4×5) we opted to paint this room first. Sometimes it’s best to go for the low hanging fruit.

Walls Primed for Painting

Per the usual, I edged everything out while Jay did the roller (we pretty much had to paint in shifts in this room since it’s so small), but within a half hour, we had this!

Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore

Notice only half of it’s painted …. ? We’ve got some big plans for the bottom half that I can’t wait to show you. We got cracking on it this weekend, but it’s not quite finished yet, so I’ll have to hold off on the final reveal. It looks might fine though, mighty fine. 😀

Things were going along swimmingly, when I suggested that we pop in our beautiful lights since I wanted to see how they’d spiff up our space. And it was getting kinda dark in there, too. 🙂 Par for the renovation course, we hit a few kinks here. First, the lights we ordered were actually too tall for where we mounted the circuit boxes, so I had to go with a runner-up option instead. I’m not as in love with them as the first pair I ordered (these ones), but they’re considerably cheaper (half the price) and they were in stock at our local Home Depot, so we could install them right away.

Here is a close up of the first one installed.

Whitford Polished Nickel Sconce

And then, we hit our second kink. Jay forgot a wire in the second junction box. We went the hook up the sconce and it just wasn’t there. Whoops. So, sad day, we had to cut into our newly laid drywall and go on a wire searching hunt. Noooooo!!! Needless to say, both of us were pretty bummed about it. No fun. No fun at all.

Also, notice the chunks missing around the side of the first light? Well our drywall guy only put mud there (no drywall) and it cracked through. We’ll have to patch that up along with the section we had to cut out to get to the electrical. One step forward, two steps back. 😉

This is what our little light situation looked like after we gave the wall it’s exploratory surgery.

How to patch drywall

Luckily, it only sets us back a day or so in finishing the space, but still, pretty sad. 🙁

For the main room, we decided to go with Edgecomb Gray. The main thing this paint color had going for it, was the fact that we had 3/4 of a can sitting in our basement from when we painted the Kitchen and Living space. Although I liked Ballet White just a hair more, the pragmatist in my won out in the end. Free > Run to store, spend money, maybe like other color better in the end.

Here is the color up close in action (mind you, it’s still drying and it’s 10pm at night = bad, bad lighting)

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Can I get a heeeellllll yeah on the fact that there is paint up in this joint. It’s a long time coming, but by George, it’s here.

For reference, here’s what the same color looks like in our dining room, with better lighting. I know – a bit boring to go with the same color – but hey, when it’s right there for the grabbing sitting in your basement …

Sisal Rug in Dining Room

Now our list for the attic Master Suite conversion looks like this:

  • Tile bathroom
  • Add trim in bathroom
  • Add door to bathroom
  • Install toilet and sink
  • Install closet doors and add trim
  • Install banister
  • Install carpet

Getting so. much. closer!