When it comes to room makeovers, some blogs would have you believe that rooms go from craphole monstrosity to stunning, catalog-cover ready in like 24 hours. This is not one of those blogs.
This is real life. Where people have jobs and kids and laundry and dirty dishes. Painting is done in 8-ft. by 8-ft. sections at 11:30 p.m. on week nights. No one bothers to tape anything off because, honestly, it’s easier to touch up baseboards and scrape up dried paint with a razor blade. Paint gets on the carpet and the cat, and cut out of both.
Rooms are “collected over time” not because it’s the cool thing to do. Because real people don’t have the time or the budget to go shopping every single day to find the “perfect” pieces. And because we know our kids are just going to ruin everything anyway.
So yeah. None of our rooms are “done.” Hell, half of them are only 50% painted. But I wanted to share them anyway because OMG it feels so good to get rid of that beige.
Here’s what they looked like before.
And here’s how they are now. Just a tease, not the whole room. Because if I took a picture of the whole room, I couldn’t crop out the laundry and the dirty dishes and the kid toys and all the messiness of real life. More pics will come—once they are closer to “done” (and semi-clean).
There is nothing sadder than a beige kid’s room. Jacob and Nicholas both settled on green and blue for their rooms. [Their original ideas were "light red" (pink), red, black and some crazy murals.] The green didn’t work with Jacob’s bedspread so I flip-flopped the ceiling and wall colors. Nicholas’ ceiling is also a different blue because we ran out of paint.
I love the way these turned out, but it still feels like they are missing something. Maybe it will be better once some art goes on the walls. Or maybe a crazy mural will happen.
The kids wanted their bathroom to be pink and green stripes. Yeah. I painted it a dark grayish blue.
The laundry room is sort of a light dreamsicle orange. The original color (a mistint) was a little too in-your-face ORANGE! so I ended up mixing it with another almost white mistint. It’s still pretty orange, but honestly, how much time do you spend in a laundry room? If you saw the pile I moved to take this pic, you’d know I spend approximately 45 seconds a week in here.
Yes, the brown in the master bath is dark. And it does look like you’re inside a chocolate bar. OR someone smeared poop on the walls, but this is the adults’ bathroom so we hope that isn’t the case.
All the crazy colors are on rooms with doors. The main living space—entry, living room, kitchen—is a pretty, neutral gray.
Buh, bye nasty, bland, builder beige. You will not be missed.