Stingray in the Heart
Before I recap our entire Christmas experience (you know…for posterity sake and because goshdarnit my kids are cute), I wanted to show you our latest accomplishment. I wish I could say that Santa brought this to us on the night of the 25th but the truth is…it took us almost two weeks to finish. Yes. Two weeks to paint what amounts to one room. I’m not complaining. This one little space has literally changed my life. No exaggeration.
Let me explain. This spot is what I call the mudroom. It’s the door from the garage to the house…connecting the laundry room, office, guest bathroom and kitchen. It’s the first thing I see most days and where I spend a lot of time (hello potty time and laundry is my life these days). I didn’t think this makeover would affect my feelings about our house like it has. It’s sort of huge for me. I think it’s because it’s the first thing I see most of the time when I enter the house. It’s the first place I look. It’s like the eyes of our house. And we all know the eyes are the nipples of the face (name that movie)….therefore making this room the nipples of my house.
So way back in the day, I took this space and started adding a few things to the walls here and there. I put up a dresser and a mirror and a little tiny pig rack. Then I redid the dresser (blogged about that here) and actually took a bit of paint (leftover from our exterior paint testing) and put that on the walls. But it wasn’t ever enough. It was failing in the function category and in the ‘finished’ category. The trim was still tan-ish, the painted walls only were one coat and half way up the adjoining hall. Even my three little piggies were commonly overloaded with bags, coats, etc. In fact…that pig rack was what started it all.
Jeremy would come in the door almost every day yelling about the pig rack and how it was too small and not properly secured to the wall. In my defense, it was being held in place with TWO 100lb hooks…but apparently he thought that even 200lbs was sometimes hanging on the three little pegs. And that dresser? Total dumping ground.
My issue was that the little mud room area was painted but the hall was not. So we had a warm tan trim going on with our cool greenish walls and then some brownish tan painted walls. It was weird.
And to give you a little perspective…this is how it compares to white trim…which is what is in the still unfinished laundry room.
Totes cray cray.
So over our holiday break, Jeremy wiped down all the trim with deglosser, I sanded out some damaged areas and we did one coat of primer on all the trim and three coats of paint, we painted the ceiling three times and did two coats on the walls.
Here is how that white trim stands out against the previous cream color (the garage door stayed untouched because I think I am gonna do it in a fun color).
I get the question a lot – HOW DO YOU PICK OUT PAINT COLORS?
And here is my current answer…I go through a bazillion swatches and then pick out two. Then I google pictures of them. The internet is a wonderful place. This time around, I went with my old standby which I used in our old house…Olympic’s Dusty Trail and a new pick…Benjamin Moore’s Stingray.
In the end, I liked the Stingray more with the kitchen color.
I also decided to tackle the problem of the pig rack by just picking up some new heavy-duty metal racks when we were in Chattanooga. I told y’all that we did a little last minute shopping, remember? While we were at one of my favorite stores in Chatty, Southeastern Salvage, I grabbed two of these metal coat racks. They were $15 each – which I felt was really fair considering that each hook could cost me about $3 a piece in the hardware store (totally fair considering that Ballard Designs has a spot-on twin for $69). Plus, Jer loves the industrial (ahem sturdy!) vibe.
We installed them one evening and let me tell you…I don’t know how I lived without ten hooks before.
I also threw up some picture frames (still needing some cute photos!!! get on that Katie!) but just check out the difference…
Obviously there is still some touching up to be done…
- patch and repaint the walls where old holes were
- touch up the picture frames
- paint the heads of the screws that we used to hang the racks (Jer insisted on certain anchors that used specific screws)
But overall….HOLY NIPPLES OF THE HOUSE BATMAN.
And now cue the dramatic music…we have befores and afters…
And just check out that difference to the laundry room…see how the trim looks so much cleaner and really influences it into a totally different space?
That little space right next to the laundry room is where I want to put a door with sliding barn hardware. Hopefully that way it won’t creep into my laundry space and still be a great way to hide the mess when the dirty clothes get out of control.
So that is officially is our first makeover of the 2014. Not too shabby…you know, for a life-changing kinda change.