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Guess What?

2 Aug

I’ve got blue paint photos to share of the house but before I do, a little announcement. Drum roll please…

Baby Reagan Final SmallYep, we’ve got a little reinforcement on the way! That means that there are several projects that have to get done around here very very soon!

  • Fence for the back yard
  • Doggie door for the pups
  • An entire Nursery to decorate!
  • Not to mention finishing up the projects we already have started!

It’s a little overwhelming but we can do it!

Ready for a few house shots? I thought so. Without further comment, The Blue Monster!

Reagan Front Yard 2 Reagan Front Yard 3 Reagan Front Yard 1 Reagan Back Yard1 Reagan Back Yard 2 Reagan Back Yard 3I included just a few yard photos as well because the grass is just so pretty! We’ve still got a few spots of pink to paint over like on each of the doors but we’ve been waiting for some nice cool days we can leave the doors open and it’s just been too rainy and hot.

So there you have it. A baby and no more pink house!!!!


Adding Warmth With Paint

21 Feb

So we’ve finally gotten back to work on the house. This past weekend we primed the hallway trim, ceiling, and walls and I got busy painting over that yucky hello yellow I painted the spare room last summer. Not sure what I was thinking… I don’t event remember the paint color name because when we were cleaning out the tool room this past fall, I got rid of the can knowing I was going to repaint. I think it may have had something to do with a bird… It doesn’t really matter. I hated the color and it had to go.

Let’s stop and chat about creamy white for a moment. I will be the first to say that I DO NOT LIKE CREAM WALLS. I like gray/grey (depending on which side of the pond you are from), white, or anything with a blueish crisp undertone. But this room needed a bit of warmth. Not so much as in yellow but the way the light comes in the room felt cold. It was painted blinding white when we moved in and I think that cold feeling was what pushed me all the way to bright yellow. I needed a color that would brighten the space and warm it up.

We ended up going with Benjamin Moore Battenberg (AF-70).

BM Battenberg AF-70

It isn’t really that creamy. It’s more of an off white with subtle undertones that warm up the space.

DSC_0329This image really doesn’t do the color justice either. It’s just enough different from the trim work to make the trim pop. Every time I pass this room I smile. It’s become a good contender for the fireplace stucco paint color. I’ll have to place a few swatches to see if it has the same feel in that space.

So here’s how the space has transformed…

Move In Guest Room Hello Yellow Guest BedroomBattenburg LoveThis is a much better representation of the color!

This paint has inspired some creativity like that little piece of art above the night stand. Next post will be about how I made and hung it!

Fall Pinterest Challenge: A Painted Rug

2 Nov

It’s that time again! Look at me following the directions this time. I love Sherry’s, of YHL, description of the idea:

‘The Pinterest Challenge (not sponsored by Pinterest or anyone else, just dreamed up by Katie to make us stop pinning and start doing).’

Last time, I didn’t quite make the deadline but since I finished up this bad boy last week and the idea just happened to come from Pinterest… I think it works.

Image via YHL.

The Pinsperation:

Red Patterned RugThis lovely rug from Anthropologie. 8 X 10 for $1,200 smackaroos! Wow…

I love the pattern but

  1. the white background wasn’t going to work with beast 1 – 3 that live with us
  2. I wanted a smaller scale pattern
  3. Did I mention it’s $1,200?

I already had a rug that needed some flair. We got it as a remnant and used it in the condo living room. It’s a grey very low pile rug and is the perfect size for our soon to be seating area in the living room. I had seen where many people had been painting rugs so I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s my rug

Here’s what you need:

  1. pattern inspiration
  2. paint, I used acrylic craft paint and also bought the fabric medium to make it ‘washable’ not that I’ll ever ‘wash’ it but it just might need a steam clean so I thought this would be smart to do.
  3. poster board, thick card stock, or stencil blanks
  4. Razor knife
  5. Stencil or stipple brush
  6. Container for paint
  7. Aluminum foil wrapped plate or a paper plate (you just need some place to blot off extra paint)

First I blew up the pattern in Photoshop and printed it out.

I traced the pattern onto my poster board and cut it out with a razor knife.

Maddux tried to help with finding the center but he’s no good at it…

I mixed my paint, found my center of the rug, and worked from the inside out. I couldn’t be bothered with measuring out each square placement. I just eyeballed it and honestly I love the non-perfect look. I’m so type A, but I’m working on getting over it.

Here’s how it looks all finished! I have a few spots to touch up but I am going to wait until I see how everything sits in the room.

Total cost for the project: $22 (not including the cost of the rug because I had it on hand)! Want to see why my living room is such a mess…

We’ve been doing a little HVAC re-routing, insulating, and getting lights wired up. Hopefully we will be finishing up insulation tonight so that I can move on to painting, tiling the hearth, getting the fireplace refaced, re trimming, adding drywall to the fireplace and patching the hallway… Did I mention that this all has to be done by Thanksgiving…. Good grief we’ve got a lot to do!

Our Kitchen Cabinets: The Best Made Plans… Often Go Awry. Part II

19 Jul

Finally! I know we have left you hanging here and to be honest it was completely unintentional. We have been working so hard not only on the kitchen but also our day jobs as well. Enough with the excuses and on with the post!

Like I mentioned in a few other posts, our original plans for finishing the vintage Youngstown metal cabinets was to leave them metal with a nice glossy topcoat to prevent rust. I was dreaming of how nice the retro style would pair up with the modern stainless steel like finish. Alas, it was not to be. You see, polishing out those grinding swirls proved to be a major problem. Here’s a reminder of what they looked like before:




Wow… looking back at these makes me so excited to share our “After” post! Don’t worry. We will be finished by the end of this month! I blogged it so it must happen, by George!

Once we finally got the paint ground off them this is what we were left with:


Um… yeah… Not so much stainless steel as ‘OMGoodness that metal is all swirled up’ steel! No matter how much we polished using polishing pads and metal polish compound, the swirls weren’t going anywhere. My heart was broken. Kidding. So I looked at Brian, who had been skeptical about my metal plan to begin with, and said those three words that are the hardest for me. ‘I WAS WRONG. You were right. We should just paint them and be done with it.’

So then the search for the perfect paint color began. I knew I wanted them to be a color and not just plain white. I wanted something vintage inspired and something that we both agreed upon. I had picked up a brochure of all the Martha Stewart paint colors at Home Depot when I was searching for the best exterior color so I thought who knows vintage better than Martha? No one. So I opened it up and found a few I was instantly drawn too. The swatches in the brochure are small so we headed out to Home Depot to see them all in real life. I picked up about 10 different samples and we took them home to evaluate them in the light of our room. TIP: I strongly recommend doing this if you are paint color shopping. Take 15 or 20 samples home. Get your selection down to 2-4 and then go buy paint samples to paint onto your wall. Live with them a few days and see how they look in different light around the clock. It’s the easiest way to pick the perfect paint color.

We narrowed it down to Martha’s Beryl, a soft minty green, and Rainwater which is a bluish green. I headed off to Lowes and had them match the color in Olympic’s FastHide  Ultra Interior/Exterior Alkyd paint. I must have had a bit of a brain malfunction here because I got the quart size rather than just getting a sample. Really I think I did myself a favor because they don’t sell a sample in the FastHide Ultra line and we knew we wanted to use an oil finish to be sure the final product was smooth and would last another 50 years. Since they were matching the paint color, by getting the exact paint I wanted matched for my samples, I eliminated any differing color issues. I painted them on a poster board and put them up to the wall to see how they would look with the floors and walls.

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I should mention that we selected Martha Stewart’s Heavy Goose for the wall color and I knew that both of these colors would go well with it because of her matching system. All the colors were notated with an * which means as long as all the colors in a room have the same symbol, they will all coordinate perfectly! It’s one of the things I LOVE about her paint colors. The other thing that makes them Rock my world is that each sample comes with a suggested ceiling and trim color on the back. If you want to see how it looks, you simply fold over along the dotted line and voila! Not all the suggested colors are my cuppa if you know what I mean but what a great tool if you want an instant designer room with out the price of a designer!

Back to the colors. I loved the way Beryl looked against the floors and to be honest, Rainwater was so close to the original color(the pictures are a little off from how they really look) that we had been stripping off so Rainwater was just not doing it for us.

Once we had our color picked, we needed to treat the clean metal to keep the rust from returning. We got some rust treatment at Lowes (I can’t find it on the site and will edit this post once I find it) and followed the directions on the bottle. Once we rinsed and dried the metal it looked a bit streaky.


We went over it with a bit of sandpaper and then proceeded to spray them with Rust Oleum Clean Metal Primer.

This oil based primer is perfect for clean metal and really allows the paint to get a grip. Here’s a few of the cabinets once we had them primed:

Yes, we turned the ‘Ballroom’ into a paint booth because we knew it was going to take a while to get these bad boys primed and painted. It really helps to have a clean area to paint and let them dry. How did we paint them you ask? With a nifty little inexpensive paint gun kit from Lowes. I’ll give you a review of the gun kit in a later post as well as the full painting process. For now, here’s the sneak peek of our almost complete new kitchen!


Sorry for the crazy iPhone photo. I really MUST get better at this whole picture taking bit. I did adjust the colors in Photoshop for you though (you’re welcome)! (We got thrifty and used a few of the rocks out of the tons we have to flatten out the left hand counter.)

We are working on the back splash and I can’t wait to share our DIY Pendant Lighting. Off to place the order for materials!

Bye Bye Pink, Hello Mainstream Exterior Paint Color!

14 Jun

As promised, even though its late, the color we will paining the Pink Monster is… drum roll please…

Na, I think I will make you read a bit more. Just kidding!

Valspar, English Tea Party, Paint, The Reagans Rock, Exterior, Color, House, Taupe, Gray, Brown, Dark, Photoshop

Valspar English Tea Party!

So, how did we come to this conclusion? Photoshop my friends, Photoshop.

Brian and I had been going back and forth about what the paint color should be. I wanted dark, he wanted light. I wanted a solid color, he wanted to paint it two toned. So, I decided the best way for us to agree upon a color and scheme would be to actually see how it would look. I grabbed a photo of the house and with a little help with online tutorials used Photoshop to mock up the color scheme so we could play around with it.

Once we saw how the house looked in a lighter then darker color and also how it looked two toned and solid we both agreed on a dark and solid. Here’s a few mock ups we considered:

Cream House White Trim, The Reagans Rock, Photoshop, Exteror, Paint, Color, CreamHere is the final look we chose:

Dark Gray House LT Grey Trim, , The Reagans Rock, Photoshop, Exteror, Paint, Color, Gray

Obviously, it won’t be exactly this color. Photoshop was a great way for us to figure out what samples to purchase. Once we knew what we were looking for, I headed to Lowes to grab some samples. I brought them home and Brian and I decided on 4 to get as samples.

Valspar, English Tea Party, Paint, The Reagans Rock, Exterior, Color, House, Taupe, Gray, Brown, Dark, Photoshop, Martha Stewart

From left to right:

Valspar Relaxed Navy, Martha Stewart Feather Duster, Valspar Sable Evening, Martha Stewart Ground Pepper, Valspar Almost Charcoal, Martha Stewart Seal, Valspar High Speed Steel, Valspar English Tea Party

I first got samples of Valspar Relaxed Navy, Valspar Sable Evening, Valspar Almost Charcoal, and Valspar High Speed Steel. One was too blue, one too green, and the other two were just to light once I saw them in the sun. I had picked up a Martha Stewart color palette at Home Depot and selected a few of her colors to try on the second round of samples. I went to Lowes to find one more color which ended up being English Tea Party and had the paint department match the Martha Stewart colors in Valspar samples. Martha Stewart Feather Duster looked like baby poo once it dried, Martha Stewart Ground Pepper is very interesting and made it to the final two, Martha Stewart Seal is a beautiful gray but was still just a bit too light, and liked Valspar English Tea Party almost immediately.

To make sure that English Tea Party really was the one. I painted over the swatches above with Ground Pepper and English Tea Party. While I really love Ground Pepper, English Tea Party won out because it complements the rock planters so well.

So that’s how we found the perfect color to cover up the pink I so fondly describe as, “the color of dried calamine lotion.”