After living in apartments for close to 10 years, the first thing I wanted to do when we moved into our home was PAINT walls. I was also postpartum, having given birth only weeks prior to our move.
Don't do this.
I painted the walls a medium, flat blue. I painted the baseboards brown. It took me two days, with a screaming baby. I don't know if it was the hormones or the lack of sleep, but I thought the walls looked good.
|Previous look: darker blue walls (trust me, they were darker, and a 'Bleh Blue'), brown baseboards, 3" TV, Geometric bedding (which I do still like), fireplace grate as wall art|
And then I got sleep.
I couldn't stand the color of blue nor the baseboards for the last 3 years. Last week I finally got around to improving upon them.
|(This is a close up after walls and baseboards were done.) |
First I began with the baseboards. FOUR coats of white.
I then painted the walls...they only took two coats, and hubby helped me. Late.Into.The.Night.
Thanks to a big screen television donation to us by a church member, we put our old television in the guest room. Finally, our guests don't need binoculars to watch the morning news!
And because one project just begs another...
I added my repurposed artwork to the walls.
We then bought a new light fixture at Home Depot for $25. Of course after hubby installed it, we found need to paint the bathroom as well. (Used a neutral beige leftover from other project.)
We added leftover hardware from our kitchen remodel to the cabinets. (FREE)
I had also picked up moulding for 50 cents each ($2 total) at that Repurposing Home Store I had visited. I figured that if I made a mess of the cuts, no big loss. I grabbed a hand saw and attempted the 45 degree angle cuts. Success! We applied the moulding to our mirror for a more refined look to an outdated mirror.
And so, I've finally righted the postpartum blue. Lesson learned: don't give a postpartum, bleary-eyed new momma a paint brush. Consider yourself warned.