Sunday, January 25, 2009

Everything Room Progress Report

We're moving right along over here. With three kids, school, activities, etc., I'm going consider our snail speed renovation a success so far. I started working on the furniture for the room this week. Lots of sanding....



More sanding....
Priming, priming, priming.....

And finally some real paint!
See that blue desk in the back on the picture just above? Well now that was an adventure. When I found the blue toile to use in this room, it was surprising to me that I liked it so much. Even more surprising, I decided I had to have a blue computer desk to go with it. Blue? For me? I'm the queen of neutrals so this was a major departure from what I normally go for. Give me tans, give me soft yellows and comforting greens and I'm good to go.

The first step was picking out the color. I headed to Home Depot and stood in front of the paints trying to spot the most obnoxious blue I could possibly find. The winner was from the Ralph Lauren "Island Brights" collection. Just the words "Island" and "Brights" should have been a red flag to me. But no, I brought it home, held it up to the fabric and decided we had a winner.

So back to Home Depot I went. I walked in holding my paint chip proudly and set it down on the paint counter with confidence! "Can I help you?" said the nice man behind the paint counter. "Yes" I said, "I would like a quart of Sunwashed Blue please." He gave me a brief look that I swear looked as though he was thinking, really lady, that color?! I decided it was all in my mind as he walked away to check the computer. He came back and said the base for that color did not come in a quart. I could have a gallon of it, or he could color match it in a quart of Behr. "Please color match it, that would be great," I said. He hesitated. I began to panic. Now I knew for certain he was thinking I was crazy and that whatever I was painting would be a complete disaster. I'm not sure which churned more, the paint mixing in the machine or my stomach. But I was committed at this point! Sunwashed Blue it was!

And you know what? I really like it! Here it is after a little distressing. I was too cheap to buy actual glaze so I just took some brown paint I had, watered it down and brushed it on. Then I rubbed it off quickly with a rag. It worked really well and I didn't have to spend another $13 on a quart of glaze. I do think it looks brighter in person than in these photos but it's a great color. I would recommend it. And when the person behind the paint counter looks at you funny, just tell them you are a proud aqua fan!

Then came patching up some holes and starting the wall paint. After my husband did some sanding, I walked into the room to find this propped up against the window. Apparently my son has his own ideas of what the wall color should be.......



Sorry kid, my heart is still recovering from the aqua paint. The walls will be neutral tan! Here are the two walls we painted. The other two will be wallpaper which will be started soon. I can't wait to see how that looks and I'll be sure to post when some of it is up. I hope you are all having a great weekend!






13 comments:

Susan said...

Progress... how exciting! I love neutrals too... the blue is a nice splash of color for the room!

Have a great Sunday

Lorri said...

I love the blue. My renovating is at a snails pace too. It will get there eventually.LOL
Lorri

Karla said...

Wow! Love the blue desk! It's beautiful! Can't wait to see the room when it's finished!

~Karla

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

This project looks like it's coming right along! Can't wait to see the finished product!

june@craftyniche said...

The blue desk looks so cute! I can't wait to see it all together.

Granna said...

I love that you call it "the everything room". We had a room once that we called the "I don't know room". When we moved in that particular house we had an extra room. Everytime the mover brought something in that I wasn't ready to unpack I would tell them "I don't know" and point them to that room. We called it that the entire 2 years we lived there.

Helen said...

The blue desk takes my breath away ... I love doing projects like this but really dislike the sanding/priming processes. If I could just snap my fingers and have the finished piece I would be quite happy .... but, alas, that's not the way things work in real life. Have a wonderful day and thank you, thank you again for my award!!!!

imjacobsmom said...

I like where you are going with that - it's going to be nice when you are done. Keep up the good work. How's that? I think that blue desk is fresh and exciting - I'm glad you went for it. ~ Robyn

marty39 said...

Oh what a soothing color the aqua is. I'm like you in that I've always been such a neutral person, and never into the blue family, but this looks so fresh. I love everything rooms. They're often the most fun and used rooms in the house. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see the finished room. Marty

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi, I came over from Cherry's Jubilee. I think that color is great it looks wonderful on the table and the chair looks great too!

Manuela

Shelia said...

Good for you sticking to your guns with that blue paint! Your room's going to look so nice.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Darlene said...

I LOVE your blue desk...it is gorgeous!!! The walls look so pretty also...I can't wait to see the finished room.

prof en retraite said...

Wow! You have done so much work! I can't wait to see the end result...Debbie