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Master Bedroom!

Obviously, when you move into a new home, settling where you’re going to sleep, and making it comfortable is of primary importance. Well, we had a mattress, and a dresser…and that’s it. For. Two. Months. That sort of bohemian existence might not have bothered some of you, but it was extremely stressful to me. Even my husband, once we set up the new bed and got it looking all pretty, said “I actually feel like I’m at home now.” Exactly.

When we moved in:

The Master Bedroom

It’s sort of a long, narrow room. Windows on two sides, with a 3/4 bath right behind where I’m standing, the door to the hall on my left.

(Left photo) I was standing in that corner in the previous picture. Note the blueblueblueblue Master Bathroom. That one’s for boys. The pink one in the hall is for girls. (Right photo) This was my sort-of inspiration for the color scheme and feel of the room. (A Pinterest find.) Muted Stacie-blue and washed-out coral-y oranges and russets with silly pillows (sillows?) Also, mirrors and metallics.

I went ahead and painted during our second week in the house, because I was confident of where I was going on that score. It’s the color my whole family calls Stacie-Blue. A pale, slightly grey robin’s egg shade. Nice. So at least the color was nice in our bohemian bedroom.

The fluffies enjoyed the laziness of simply stepping up into bed, instead of leaping.  Bad iPhone pic.

BUT NOW, we have a full-fledged Master Bedroom with a bed and art on the walls, and a cow humidifier.

Isn’t it dreamy? We have BS on our wall. It’s unfortunate that I can’t sleep on the other side of the bed.

Ikea “MALM” bed. It’s the high profile one, king-size in the darkest finish they have. Very sturdy!

Husband’s nightstand.                    Cow humidifier.                             My nightstand.

The nightstands are vintage, probably 1930s.  The cow humidifier is not vintage.

I need to dust. This is our owl change jar where I put all the loose change I “steal” out of my husband’s pockets. It goes toward our travel fund. Also, a wedding photo by the amazing Brooke Ogilvie.

Lamps from some cheapy store.  Dressers from   Fancy clock from thrift store.

I’m going to pick a time and draw it in with a Sharpie.  Maybe 4:42, when we were officially married?

Profile shot.

Sillows.  From Target and TJ Maxx or Marshall’s or somewhere.

Letters from Hobby Lobby.  Epic fox hunt painting from my mother-in-law. I LOVE how the tarnished gold looks against the blue.

Dresser from Overstock.  Cow misty from Target.  Mirrors from Wal-Mart in the early 90s.

We have lots of doors on that side of the room.

*sigh*  Wish you could see the view into the backyard from the bed at sunrise (our room faces east.)  But that’s another post.

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The Fireplace

Our house has one fireplace, in the small “den” (I guess that’s what we’re calling it for now) on the back of the house.  It takes up the one long wall, and is opposite a large picture window (which you’ll see transformed in a future post.)  This is what it looked like when we moved in:

The Den

It’s not awful, but the putty-colored paint accentuated the fact that the brick is a bit crumbly, the mantel is incredibly crooked (look at how it doesn’t line up with the bricks), and the mortar lines are very deep.

Stripping the paint and exposing the brick wasn’t an option.  We had no idea how many layers of paint were on there, and looking in the cabinet to the left, we could see that the brick wasn’t pretty like the exterior of the house anyway.  Plus, stripping paint is a pain in the butt and it was ridiculously expensive to pay for a soda wash or sandblasting.

So, paint.

I wanted to go dark for a few reasons:

1. I wanted some major contrast in the room.

2. The window opposite the fireplace is huge and lends a beautiful view of our backyard, so I wanted to balance that with a dark alternative focal point.

3. A dark color camouflages the heavy texture, unbalanced mantel, and looks more modern.

4. I kind of dig the old brassy bronze fireplace surround, and I wanted to accent it with a dark color that still had warmth.

Here’s what we came up with:

I chose an off-black with a bit of olive green in it, so it still looks warm and echoes the trees outside.  The color is Thorny Branch, by Behr, from Home Depot, and I chose the exterior eggshell formula because it’s a bit more heavy duty and will stand up to people sitting and standing on the hearth.  It’s still latex.

It took two heavy coats and some touching up here and there.  As with any dark color, the richness and depth don’t really look right until you get it on thick.  Here’s what it looked like at first:

Pretty gross.  It took about 15 episodes of Mad Men to get the first coat on (the mortar lines took 80% of the time.)  And then the second coat went really quickly.  I don’t usually tape anything off when I paint (I’m very neat,) but this time I did, to protect the floors, and because I’m not sure if I could exactly match the putty color if I were to get paint that dark on it.

I think it looks great with the floors!

You can see a hint of the crazy pumpkin orange in the kitchen to the left…not our choice.  It was the one room that was already a color when we moved in.  I’m still pondering that one.  Stay tuned for final photos of the den – it’s almost done!

See how uneven the surface is?  Not fun to paint, let me tell you.

Doesn’t it look great!?  We’re pretty excited about it.

Keep watching for the next project! Now that this big one’s done, more should be coming quickly.


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