I have, clearly, a lot of catching up to do, but to be honest I don’t know how much I’ll actually “catch up” this blog. People who know me know what’s been going on; the rest of you can infer. I will eventually write up the dreadful saga of our move from Kansas to West Virginia, which was riddled with unfortunate events. For now, I’m going to start posting some new home things.
The new house, which was built in 1921, is a work in progress. We’re slowly unpacking boxes and putting things away, so the “after” photos I’ll post here are really “in progress” photos.
I’ll start with the kids’ bedrooms, which were a priority for us.
First,Sam’s room. Before:
Okay, not too terrible, right? Notice the nice hardwood floors? NOTICE THE TERRIBLE YELLOWISH TRIM PAINT WHOOOOP WHOOOP ALERT painting that trim became the bane of my new house life.
Barn-wood bookshelves and toy chest built by my dad; quilt by Jeff’s mom. Wall color is Sherwin Williams Regatta; trim color (blessed trim) is Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Amazing custom loft bed also built by my dad; LEGO city and Egypt by Sam. :)
Next, Charlotte’s room. I don’t have before photos of this room because the “before” was traumatizing (part of the series of unfortunate events). Long story short: there was dramatic cracking in the ceiling of this bedroom, which the sellers were supposed to fix before we moved in. We found out the day before we arrived in WV that the ceiling was not, in fact, fixed. And then when we did our final walk-through, we saw the extent of the not-doneness. That was one of many times during the walk-through where I cried. Fun!!
So, for the before, just imagine a room painted ENTIRELY in that gross dirty yellow color of the trim in Sam’s room. THE WHOLE THING. Plus, half the ceiling torn out and cardboard covered in plaster bits and dust all over the floor and and *breathes into paper bag*
Color isn’t great in this picture (later ones are more accurate) but: Wall color is Awesome Violet by Sherwin Williams; trim is Alabaster again. Bed built by my dad (middle drawer will arrive in October :) )
This photo shows the wall color better. Little reading nook in the corner there, plus a new dresser with a pretty, almost pearl-like sheen.
The desk was unfinished, a gift from a friend of mine in Kansas. We painted it Cay by Sherwin Williams. I also spray-painted the pulls, which were brass, “hammered black.”
We’re pretty happy with the (sort of) finished rooms. The kids love their new beds and their rooms in general. I think the colors they chose/helped to choose make for really cheerful and cozy kids’ rooms. We still have some things to do, but they’re rooms that feel like home already now.