It was a long week of home renovations. Per usual, I always grossly underestimate how much time and energy a project will take. We were running on little sleep and too much caffeine by the time we finished, but our room? Oh my. It’s like we imported it from another house. Hardly recognizable compared to what it was before. Let me just remind you what that looked like…
And now? This…
In my “before” post, I mentioned that Sherwin-Williams was sponsoring this series, and that I used their Chip It!™ service to come up with the color scheme of the room. I said our plans were to paint most of the walls Gray Shingle, and do an Indigo Batik accent wall behind the bed.
And we did. Both colors were from HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams. It looked… it looked like we would probably like it after we got used to it. Really, the Indigo Batik was just SO much darker and bluer than we were anticipating, and the wall behind our bed is big, so it was a pretty powerful statement. I was okay with it, though. I found fabrics that would tie it all together. I was prepared to bring in a lot of white to brighten up the space.
I was 85% committed to it at 12:30am when Scott, as he was finishing painting some Indigo Batik trim, casually mentioned, “Huh… people are going to think we’re huge Cowboys fans.” I looked at him confused. It was late. I was delirious. I thought surely he was, too.
“What?” He nodded toward the blue wall, “Oh, navy blue and gray walls…” “Oh. My. God. I HATE IT,” I blurted out.
Let me clarify that we live in Dallas, and I am NOT saying we are anti-Cowboys. We root for them when it’s convenient and fun. But… we live in Dallas, and we are NOT die hard Cowboys fans. If we lived anywhere else, I’d let it go. But living here? It’s just going to be assumed that this room was meant to be a shrine to a football team. I couldn’t get past it. The next morning, Scott busted his butt to get the Indigo Batik wall painted over before the carpet installers came. The room is now entirely Gray Shingle, and I’m obsessed with it.
Now, this doesn’t mean we threw the whole color palette out the window, though. No, it was actually super useful pulling the room together! I wound up going a slightly different direction with the fabrics I used to accent the space, sticking with more of the navy and orange, and leaving out the pinks. This happened to coordinate perfectly with the lamps we already had (a clearance buy from Target last year).
(I’ll have another post up later this week with more details on the fabric, the frame, the duvet cover, etc.)
Also, YAY CARPET!
We painted our rundown side tables with Sherwin-Williams new ProClassic paint in Extra White with a satin finish. It’s a “waterbased acrylic-alkyd,” or, as explained to me by the super helpful assistant manager at my Sherwin-Williams store, a hybrid between water based and oil based paints. It’s durable like an oil-based paint but without the harsh smell and difficult clean up. Of course, we also added carpet. HUGE difference.
I told Scott I now know what that “new house smell” is. It’s fresh paint and new carpet, AND I LOVE IT.
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