Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Over the past few weeks, among many other projects, I have been tackling the front room in our home, where we spend the bulk of our time. First order of business was painting the room, floor to ceiling, with Sherwin Williams - Ceiling Bright White. Originally it was the color of a light toffee, so now its super fresh for a new life!
Now, to start checking things off the master list!
Paint built-in cabinets - Sherwin Williams - Caviar
Spray paint brass fireplace enclosure - Krylon High Heat
Contemporize trim work on the built-ins
Install 2 inch blinds
Install under mount lighting in built-ins
Enjoy and drink a cup of coffee...
Custom doors - Set vision for my next project!
B U I L T - I N C A B I N E T S
After whiting out the room, everything faded into itself and begged me for some heavy contrast. In doing so, I threw in as much black as I could get away with. Sherwin Williams Caviar is a good clean true black (my go-to black). Many people tend to shy away from this paint color in their homes, but its a great grounding neutral that can really make a statement.
Notice the squiggly-doos at the top of all the cabinets...they needed to go. I thought about cutting and installing doors, which would have looked nice, but figured it would be most cost effective to alter the trim boarding instead to achieve that nice clean look.
There is a specialty lumber section at Lowes and there we picked up some 1/4 inch thick boards that worked perfectly for this project. A couple of finishing nails, caulk and paint really brought these cabinets up to speed!
Now to be clear, I know how to use the saw and a hammer, but it was Saturday so I decided to play dumb and let this guy handle it. We also kind of worked out a deal at the altar 9 years ago. Justin HATES (loathes rather) to paint or stain anything, so the agreement is that he does the build and I paint. This little amendment to our matrimonial vows makes for a smoother marriage. haha!
What kind of deals did you and your spouse make that allow for smoother living?
Also, here is a little snippet of the carpet I stole from BAW resale in Beaumont. It's a 9x13 that was acquired from an estate sale before it landed a good second life in my space. Cost me $150 and might possibly be the best deal of 2018! Before I release a full view, I plan on layering it with some funk, so until then...
[I'm currently wondering what kind of Christmas will go in the huge space above my mantle]. Such opportunity!
U N D E R M O U N T L I G H T I N G
For $35, we installed lighting in the tops of each cabinet. The LED Eco-Light system at Lowes is touch activated, but since I don't have go-go-gadget arms, I'm thankful for the fancy remote that it comes with! The set is battery operated and comes in a pack of 6.
It was so affordable and has dimmable features and timers. Such a cost effective upgrade that creates a nice high-end look. By definition, I think thats technically considered bougie...? I'm okay with that.
M A K I N G I T P E R S O N A L
We don't have tons of toys in the living room, so I wanted a fun cabinet that belongs to my kiddos. The spotted wallpaper is from Muse Wallpaper Studio - SO CUTE!! I am currently renovating my foyer with a focal wall with the same vinyl wall sticker. Stay tuned!
P A I N T F I R E P L A C E E N C L O S U R E
I painted black as much as I could stylishly get away with, so I decided to get rid of the brass too! I went with Krylon's high heat spray paint to cover the frame. I also painted those things pictured left. What are they even? I googled for the correct terminology and didn't even know what to type in the search bar. If you know, then school me in the comments - thank you and forever grateful!
The coverage was even and it dried very fast. I was able to paint and install in a half hour's time!
U P D A T E W I N D O W S
Next order of business was re-framing the old and tired windows with wider trim boards for a more contemporary look. We try to make it a family affair any way we can, because our babies make the best helpers! I love that we get to teach them life skills while we have fun along the way. Here is the before shot of our large front window and old rickety blinds.
Girl after my own heart doing a hard core project with her power shoes! Everything is better with heels am I right???
Remember about number 6 on the master list?? Made sure not to forget it. Coffee on my couch is where I make plans, and Justin isn't quite sure of me as a new-is coffee drinker. He finds himself a bit busier with coffee in my hand. Space is still very unfinished, but it's shaping up nicely to be a fresh new canvas!
Here is the vision for my next project. During my One Room Challenge, I've recently been acquainted with a few designers. Racheal Jackson [IG : @Banyanbridges] is a project doer like myself out of Portland, whom I've recently come to LOVE! She does all kinds of funky things and is super inspiring. I loved her ORC project which was a collage feature wood wall that is so intricate and a beautiful statement!
I have also found Veronica Solomon of Casavilora Interiors, [IG : @Casavilora] (through Colleen Scott, a Beaumont based interior PRO-tographer). Casavilorla has a beautiful kitchen that you can peep on Instagram and her pantry door is one of my favorite elements. It's a herringbone wood patterned door with a big gold pull. [INSERTING THE HEART EYES]
With all that said, I will be mashing Racheal & Veronica for my own 2 pair of swinging doors. One pair in my living room leading into the hallway, and another pair in my dining room leading into my kitchen. I'm hoping to make it my first project of 2019! If they turn out like they appear in my head, then they will be quite a knock out!
Have fun out there!