A Room of a Different Color

We’ve already talked a lot about painting in house #2, especially since that’s what we have been doing non-stop since we got the keys. We told you all about our love for using National Trust for Historic Preservation colors from Valspar and what the heck a “Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel” is, but we still just have so much to say about paint!

In our last house, we painted cabinets, doors, ceilings, trim, walls, tiles…you name it, we painted it! You can read about all these projects here:

Painting Walls
Painting Ceilings
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting Doors
Painting Trim

Needless to say, we had a lot of leftover paint from our first house, so, naturally, we wanted to bring it along with us in case we found a need/want for it in house #2. We are definitely glad we did because there are a few colors we re-used in the new place!

Valspar’s Wave’s Crest

You may recall, we had 2 bedrooms in house #1. At first, we used the 2nd bedroom as an office. We originally painted this room a bright yellow color and quickly realized it was just too much. Then we started our subtle revolution! That’s when we fell in love with Wave’s Crest. We ended up revamping the office and turning it into more of a guest space, added some new, sophisticated bamboo blinds, a futon and the calming touch of Wave’s Crest.

Wave's Crest Office

We loved Wave’s Crest so much, we decided to bring this color into our master bedroom at the new house. This color is so interesting! In house #1, it really looked like a very light, blue-ish gray or slate color. In house #2, it looks almost minty green! Perhaps it has to do with the color of the floors. In house #1, the floors were darker and in house #2 they are more of a light maple color. Either way, we found this to be quite fascinating. I didn’t think I could love Wave’s Crest more, but I think I do now. 😉

Master Wave's Crest

Valspar’s Vanilla Steam

In house #1, we used Vanilla Steam when we painted our kitchen. We painted the kitchen tiles with our favorite go-to white color, Du Jour, and used Vanilla Steam to paint the walls above the tiles. This color is somewhat of a greige (gray-beige). However, it can pull a slight pinkish hue, depending on the light.

Final Painted Kitchen and Tile

In house #2, we used Vanilla Steam in our dining room. There is so much light in this new house (which we’re really excited about!), so Vanilla Steam is perfect here. It does give off that almost pinkish hue, but I think overall, it flows very nicely with the rest of the colors in the house so far!

Dining Room Vanilla Steam

Behr’s Fresh Day

This is a bathroom color, through and through! We used Fresh Day in the bathroom of house #1 and we used it again here in house #2. The serene feeling of a blue hue in the bathroom is calming and, well, clean! The before and after going from the previous owner’s green color to this lovely light blue is dramatic! It makes the mirrors and cabinets look completely different and we love it!

Bathroom before and after

Valspar Fresh Day

We like to be adventurous, but we learned (the hard way) that if you’re too adventurous you end up with bad color flow from room to room. That’s why this time around, we opted to go for clean, subtle hues that were true to the classic, beach-y Cape Cod style of this house. We branched out with new-to-us colors like the sandy-hued Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel for the main living spaces in the house, as well as La Fonda Ecru, used in our small spare room. All in all, every color we are using in this house is true to the era, true to the home, and truly our style.

Futon: It’s ON!

As we’ve mentioned previously, we’ve been trying to re-invent the Office, Formerly Known as “Office.” We’ve been working a bit to convert the office into more of a guest room and we have finally finished the job.

A few months back we painted the office and totally zenned out the place with a soft grayish, greenish, blue hue and some dark brown bamboo blinds. From there, we started the process of changing the office to a guest space by booting the desk setup to the living room and moving our old love seat that gets no love into the Office, Formerly Known as Office. You can follow the picture progression below for reference:deskoffice desklivingroom Couch in Spare RoomAt that point, the room was destined to be dubbed, “Guest Room.” But there was one missing piece; a place for guests to sleep! We knew we wanted to get a futon so we could achieve the day-to-night look and functionality that we need, we were just waiting for the perfect one to come along and it finally did!

Black futon for guest roomMeet the newest addition to our “fresh nest.” This versatile guy folds down into a bed in a snap and we’ve already had 2 sets of guests give it a whirl. When the mattress itself arrived, it was so tightly shrink wrapped, I got a little nervous as to whether or not it would hold up to the “6” coil spring futon mattress” description I saw online when purchasing. However, with just one cut to the plastic wrap, this thing went from about 1″ to 6″ in about 6 seconds – pretty amazing shipping method if you ask me.

We purchased the futon frame with mattress from Wal-Mart.com for under $250. I think that’s quite a steal since most futons can run you upwards of $1,000.00 depending on how much you’re willing to spend. I, of course, was not looking to drop that amount of cash, so this was the perfect option. And it’s well worth every penny. This thing actually has coils, unlike most futons that are stuffed with who-knows-what.

I think this will last quite some time and will be versatile in this house and future houses for years to come!


The Re-Arranger Part 2

If anyone remembers, a year or so back I woke up one morning and had an epiphany about rearranging our living room furniture. That same thing happened again, but this time with the office formerly known as “office.” That’s right, the office is no longer an office! It is on it’s way to becoming a guest room (in addition to be Andrew’s wardrobe/dressing closet/storage unit). :-)

It’s been bugging me for awhile now that we can’t comfortably accommodate guests. With only one spare bedroom that we had been using as a home office, there was obviously no room for any type of bed situation. I work from home once in a blue moon and Andrew’s job requires him to be at the office so why on earth were we so set on having a home office? Our needs a few years ago were clearly way different than our needs today; Enter epiphany #2.

Let’s face it, the love seat in the living room get’s no action. Aside from being a place for people to crash after one of our world-famous “McBaker” parties (which only happen about twice a year) and a spot for the occasional let-me-toss-my-crap-here, the love seat gets no love.

Love Seat in Living Room

Thus, it’s time to say goodbye. This is step one of the transition. In order to move the desk setup out of the office formerly known as “office”, we made the love seat and the desk switch places. Brilliant, right? but wait, there’s more!

Couch in Spare Room Desk in Living Room

Now that the love seat has relocated, step two is to list it on Craigslist…which we did…right here. The idea is to temporarily keep the love seat in the office formerly known as “office” so that the desk can get situated in it’s new space in the living room. Once we get rid of the love seat, we plan on adding a futon. My hope is that the futon will be a lot more compact than this bulky love seat with it’s bulky arms and huge body. I think a futon will have slimmer, cleaner lines and fit much better in the room. AND it will create that guest space we really want. Win, win.

In short, the office is now on its way to becoming a guest room and the desk is living in the living room. I think this works…how about you?