Monday, February 10, 2014

And the Winner is...

A few weeks ago I started my search for a bedroom comforter/set. If you go back to the post a few weeks ago, I had magically made my list to choose from. This white duvet or this 7 piece comforter set.
Down Alternative Comforter in White
And the winner is....


Are you shocked because I was when I was ordering it. It came with everything you see there. Three small pillows, two shams, the comforter (of course) and the bed skirt. I was going to pick the white duvet but that's all it came with. Maybe i'll keep this until the summer and then get a a white duvet to test it out. Both of them cost around the same price so I figured I would like to get more for my money now.

I'm slowly getting used to it each and everyday.

Now all I need is a headboard and it will come together more (some nightstands, lamp, and pictures too). So let's rewind and see what comforters I have had in the past few years. I've already shown you the one I had at my apartment (the chevron one). If you didn't see it, then here it is again.

I also had another one while staying there. 

Before I moved, I was into purple, blue and green for a while! I wish I had the pictures of them, but I don't so here they are from the Walmart website.
What a transformation right?

In the end, I'm happy that my taste has changed because I felt like I was trapped in my cool colors stage. It feels great to grow up and get out my comfort zone and to finally know what I'm in to (if only I could do this with food).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Victory is Mine!

This week I tackled my parent's bathroom and boy was it a treat (a lot more trimming than the other bathrooms). Let me go ahead and tell you that this post is going to be picture heavy!

Like I stated in my last post, my mom decided to go with Warm Buff from Valspar. On Monday, I found myself in Lowe's getting all my materials (a steel paint tray, 6 pack of rollers, and another angle brush) costing me around $65. It only took one can of paint since I made sure I wiped down the walls really well.

Silly me thought that I could get done with this project in two days and move on to my parent's bedroom in the same week, but I didn't get done until Wednesday night. If I didn't have school and work, I know that it would've been possible to get it done Monday but we all have lives we have to attend to.

Today you finally get to see the hideous before pictures and the marvelous after, so without further ado, here are they are.

By the way, I'm very proud of myself for taking pictures before I started to paint. Even though there is already tape up, there is no paint! Speaking of tape, I didn't tape the entire bathroom, the places you see taped are the only spots. Why you may ask? For one, I didn't want to tape the entire bathroom because that would be a lot of tape to remove and I would probably have to buy more. Secondly, I figured I needed to test out my non-tape painting skills and might I say I did an awesome job.

And now, what you have all been waiting for...*In my announcer voice* Give it up for the Master Bath Reveal!! (This is where you clap and give a high little squeal of excitement)



Are you as bright eyed as I was? If only you could feel the feeling of knowing that you just covered the last color of green that was showing in that bathroom. If you can't, just know it's like waking up next to your favorite celebrity and asking yourself is this really happening?

So let's map out what I did each day.

Monday: Tape off what I needed to tape off, unscrew all fixtures, clean light fixtures and walls, paint around the mirror and wall above door. Hours: 4

Tuesday: Wipe down more walls, Paint above toilet and around it, Paint window seal wall, paint the two walls beside the bathtub and the skinny wall dividing the shower and bathtub (in the very first picture). Also, any spots that needed to be gone over was completed. Hours: 3

Wednesday: Get to wiping again, Paint window wall above bathtub, Paint shower walls and go over any spots that needed to be gone over, put back on all the things I unscrewed and look back at the room like I just beat it down. Hours: 4

So in total I spent 11 hours painting this room and it was 11 hours well spent. The coverage of the paint was much better than the Kitchen and Bath Paint I used in the upstairs bathroom. This time I went with a satin finish and I am happy that I did. The kitchen and bath paint was harder to cover the walls and would easily come off while the satin went on so smooth and didn't come off one bit.

So now it's off to my parent's bedroom and to recall they decided to go with Sand Pearl in Behr. I'll be using flat since it's in the bedroom and you don't want much shine in there, unless you like it to. Now time to be realistic. I plan on to start painting Monday and hopefully get through by Tuesday if I put in some hours. It shouldn't take as long since I don't have as much trimming to do around objects. I should be posting about it some time next week.

On the other hand, the bedspread I chose is on my bed and boy did it take some getting used to after having my chevron colors from my apartment days.

Be on the lookout for that Sunday!

I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did. Are any of you doing any minor changes to any rooms in your house or making big ones?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Double Trouble

So now it's time to move on to another part of the house and this time I'm painting two rooms at once, the master bedroom and bath. I’m excited to get to these because I’m ready to give my mom and dad the master suites they should have!

A few days ago, I found myself in Lowe's picking out paint colors and out of curiosity found myself in Home Depot right afterwards ( I feel like a trader). Here are the two paint chips we narrowed it down to.

I hope you can see how much of a paint job is needed. This red looks better in an open space then the cramped half bath that had gotten a face lift a few months go.

In the bedroom we are going with the top one which is in Behr called Sand Pearl. Here's a better look at it.

And in the bathroom we are going with Valspar called Warm Buff (the furthest to the left).

The bathroom is currently a bush green similar to the room here.

It feels weird going from all these bold colors to a more neutral house, but just because you go neutral doesn't mean that you can't have bold accent colors to help the room come together. I love that being neutral you aren't limited to the colors you want to bring in the room. With the red bedroom, my mom was only limited to colors that wouldn't compete against the red so she kept to a tan and red bedspread.

But don't get me wrong, going the tan route isn't all the neutral colors that are out there. A lot of greys and colors that have a somewhat grey tint are considered neutral also.

Hopefully, I will get started sometime this week since is not as hectic as last week with the snow and my first test this semester.