First, it was the girl’s room–changing the flat paint to a semi-gloss that could be washed as needed. We also lightened the paint color, from a sort of peachy-beige (Subtle Suede) to a more glowing orange–(Creamy Orange).
It lightened the room up, and changed it from “nice” to “really nice” in our opinion!
Here you can see the test painted on the wall, before we commenced painting the whole room.
BEFORE, in the dormer:
AFTER. A nice difference, yes?!
Next, we started tackling the kitchen/dining room and bathroom. The bathroom was forced on us out of necessity when the upstairs plumbing (newly installed) sprung a leak and sogged the main bathroom ceiling downstairs. The sheetrock in that bathroom on the ceiling was already slated for demolition, because in spite of this being a fairly new house, it had MOLDED all around the edges of the ceiling long before there was any plumbing upstairs to explain the problem. We tried scrubbing off the mold, but it seemed to return with a vengeance and look even worse after scrubbing so we gave it up as a bad deal and determined it was destined to go. SO when the ceiling sprung a leak yet, that forced the matter pretty quickly. Paul tore the nasty stuff out, replaced it with scraps left from our upstairs bathroom project, and we began the process of patching the bathroom back together again. Of course, by the time we were done, the whole thing badly needed a new paint job. Fortunately, we had some paint left from the girl’s room, and we are changing the bathroom from the blue it originally was, complete with sea themed shower curtain, rug, towels and prints on the wall to a glowing, brightly colored bathroom!
The new shower curtain has bright tropically colored butterflies in shades of pink, green, orange and blue. We found a green throw rug, and green guest hand towels, and I will take these thrift store prints that were on the wall
and pop the brown paper backing that is on the backs, pull out the fish prints and subsitute it with something else–probably some scrapbooking paper. A quick and inexpensive change to the room’s decor which will cost me pennies. All in all, when we are done, it will be a VERY satisfactory face-lift to the bathroom that was MUCH needed. Will be very good to have that project out of the way, and we will all enjoy the lighter, brighter and more cheery bathroom. I hope it will feel welcoming to Miss Katya too. The shower curtain and hooks that we have is just like this one on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/BUTTERFLIES-Fabric-Shower-Curtain-matching-Hooks-/310306408917?pt=Shower_Curtains&hash=item483fb409d5
As to the kitchen and dinning room, over 4 years of hard wear on those areas had led to a lot of chips in the paint on the corners of the walls, tack holes from posting so many school posters (our dinning room is our school room and is HARD used EVERY day) and the kitchen sheet rock had several areas where it must have been defective as well. It wasn’t “decorated” with the mold that trashed the bathroom ceiling, but had a lot of yellow spots that had bled through the paint making it look dingy and ill cared for–like the walls should be scrubbed–but no amount of scrubbing cleaned it! We liberally applied Killz, and then repainted, and hopefully that takes care of THAT. Unfortunately, we must not have kept track of the paint we used for the dinning room and kitchen (same color) so I had to go pick paint out. I managed to do such a close job that it’s VERY hard to tell where new paint has been applied and where it has not yet! The color I ended up with was: Star Shine–a very light color–almost a white–with a faint glow of color to it–a Home Depot Behr paint color. Paul is a fan of light colors, and you will see mostly light colors in our home due to that. Tomorrow, hopefully the dinning room will be finished . . . and we can put everything back together again . . . fresh, clean and ready for Katya’s arrival in our home.
We have some other projects we’d like to get done in the back entry way before she arrives home too. We’ll just have to see how those go. I know we won’t be likely to be wanting to do any painting at first when she’s home due to her inability probably to understand staying out of the paint things. So we are trying hard to finish up all the painting that needs done down stairs before her arrival . . . .
NEXT WEEK WE ARE LEAVING!!!!! Going to see Katya . . .