Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Before and After

Paint doesn't always stay on paper or canvas here at our home. Before I stayed home with the boys, I painted on walls for a living. (You can read about that here:~My Past Life, and evidently, I didn't know how to post photos on blogger three years ago, lol, so you'll have to click to enlarge them!)

And I guess I still like doing that....just a little bit. But instead of stenciling, or murals or faux finishes, I like a more neutral palette in our small cottage. (Well, except when teens want certain colors in their rooms. You can read that post here~ Stripes)

This summer I decided our bedroom needed a little sprucing and some fresh paint. The color change wasn't dramatic. We had a color called "Antique White" on there originally. But after five years and several holes in the wall from "redecorating", it needed a fresh coat. So I went with a softer, lighter white called "Cottage White" by Behr.

(Thanks to June for recommending the color.....if you haven't visited June's beautiful blog, treat yourself to a lovely respite. And on the occasional Wednesday, she participates in "White Wednesday" by posting photos of "white" in her gorgeous home~Laughing With Angels).

(The 'make-do' vanity "Before)

(Dresser we found on Craig's List)

(Dresser drawers.....we are still searching for some Queen Anne- style pulls)

(Dresser in its new "spot")

After the paint was on the walls, the furniture looked too heavy and dark. So I mixed some paint~ (all the little sample jars of the whites I had purchased before I asked for June's recommendation!), and painted the wardrobe, and a few other pieces white.

When we moved into the house, there was an area by our closet that had a sink, which might have been a good idea, but I didn't really like it.
So, we took it out, plumbing and all, and put in a "make-d0" vanity, (ie, a piece of table top, a shelf and a mirror). I used it occasionally, but not enough to keep it (I'm not much of a "make-up" girl.) My husband came up with a great idea for the was the perfect spot for a dresser! Yeah, and that would mean extra storage too!

We shopped around and found a few we liked, but the prices were too high for our "budget".
So, I popped on Craig's List one day...and there it was! I didn't have to do anything to it, just a little cleaning.

The wardrobe "Before"....actually it is only about 2 years old. My husband made it and I painted it an antiqued red. I have a feeling that it will eventually be many other colors in years to come, lol!)

(The wardrobe "After", and the "new" husband put trim around the old one)

After painting the walls and furniture, the "white" did take some getting used to, especially for my husband! When I was done and he looked around the room, all he could say was, "It's really white." :)

Well, after I put a few things back on the walls, (and by the way, silhouettes look very nice against the Cottage White!), it wasn't too white, and I think it makes everything fresh and clean, and restful...which is a good thing for a bedroom!


Lana has a new website! Please visit by clicking this link: Simple Joys Paperie
You'll see some beautiful paper art as well as a beautiful website! Love the colors she has chosen.


Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Suzanne,
Yeah, way to go!
I lurve the new fresh look bedroom.
I've also recently had a facelift, ah, my kitchen~pics on my blogspot.
I'm off to check out your friend.
Happy painting,

bayrayschild said...

Suzanne everything looks wonderful!
You did a great job!


Alyssum... said...

Those are great little spruced up items. It's amazing what a coat of paint can do.

Ruth Welter said...

The furniture you "re-created" is just beautiful Suzanne, you did a lovely job and injected a lot of new life into the pieces.


...Miss...Maddie's... said...

The dresser and the wardrobe look so fresh in their new coats of paint and perfect in their new space too...
Susan x

Cassie Shella said...

LOVE the dresser and the wardrobe! I would love to have an all white room, but with a four year old and a six year old, and a huge dog I'm afraid it's just not going to happen for about another ten years. Your white room looks though looks gorgeous! Have a great weekend:)

Julie said...

Hi Suzanne, I love the make overs. I too am painting everything white. From the wood work in my home to furniture. I too think it makes everything look so crisp. I also make your home look so clean even when its not believe or not. I am also thinking of painting the floors in my house white. I see it magazine and i just love it. I am going to have to post pictures of my before and afters of my furniture pieces. I am hoping to get them done next weekend. the weather is suppose to be beautiful and i know I will have to do this outside or for sure i will have to paint my floors white. I cannot do one thing with out making a mess. I believe this is a gift from my mother.Because she can't either.
God Bless,
p.s I too love June's White Wednesdays She is just so inspiring.

Suzanne said...

Hi Suzanne,
Wow you did a great job.
It looks beautiful!
Wish my room looks like this!


Julia said...

Must be something in the family to be painted here, along with new slipcovers.

Love what you did, really love the new dresser!