sneak peek… and a question!

i’ll be honest… i’m tired. i’ve painted 9 rooms in the last 2 months, plus 2 floors. it’s totally worth it- the house is transforming with color & new floors & lights & cabinets. we’re getting SO close to moving in, probably 2 more weeks. but i’m tired!
that’s why this is a preliminary “AFTER” post- i did not dig up the BEFORE pictures, and obviously i haven’t put any furniture or accessories in yet. that’s much later! but you can look at the BEFORE post to compare & contrast… and i’ll do some more formal posts once we have “stuff” in the house. enjoy!

this is the living room- formerly “the pink living room,” now the calming shade of

sherwin-williams ‘white hyacinth.’
looks boring in the photo- it’s a yummy vanilla color, and i love it!
ironically, we had to paint another room a shade of pink very similar to the one i detested in the living room! this is my 3 year old daughter Caroline’s room. the walls are sherwin-williams ‘rosily,’ and the floors are valspar’s ‘cottage white.’
i’m planning to put fabric & shelves in the old window space…

this is julia’s room- light & bright, perfect for a little 1 year old! the color is ‘sagey’ by sherwin-williams. you can hardly tell that it’s green in the photo, but it is! very light & sweet.

biggest transformation so far- the playroom! i got this idea from an article in Better Homes & Gardens (February 2009) in which Stephen Saint Onge redecorated an attic playroom in similar colors. i can’t find a link to it right now, but i’ll keep trying- his room was wonderful! this is the budget version- cheapo laminate floors, re-used trim, low ceilings, and 10 hours of me painting!
the colors are ‘cloudless’ and ‘picnic’ by sherwin-williams.

and now for the question- this is the light fixture in the dining room. (you can see the new dining room paint color in the background- still wet!) i can’t afford a new chandelier right now… too many important projects going on at one time! i’m NOT a fan of the shiny brass. time for some spray paint- but which color? i was thinking of oil-rubbed bronze, but would that look funny with the gold paint on the ceiling? (yes, i’m leaving the ceiling alone. i want to see if i’m still okay with it in 6 months!) so would a matte black be appropriate for the light? or shiny black? what would you recommend?

now i really need to go to bed… or take a shower. probably a shower. : )


17 thoughts on “sneak peek… and a question!

  1. hey, i'm just now discovering your blog. boy, you've been busy! i LOVE the playroom colors, the painted floors in the kids' rooms, and the hyacinth living room. i can tell the house has good bones. as for the fixture, spray away! the oil rubbed bronze would be great. i can't tell exactly how much gold there is on the ceiling, but it looks minimal and also a little oil-rubbed itself… i'm so impressed with all you've done!


  2. I love all of the work you have done! I have lived through an entire home renovation recently as well. Grueling….but so worth it! Especially when you can bring an old house to life!
    I think that light fixture would be great in an oil rubbed bronze paint. I don't see the gold on the ceiling so I'm not sure how much clashing would be going on. In the past when I needed a new light fixture but didn't want to spend much money I have bid on bronze fixtures on ebay (always seem to go cheap) and then spray painted them in oil rubbed bronze before I hung them. I have a chandelier in my kitchen that only cost me $12 on ebay!
    I can't wait to see your finished dining room1 I haven't even begun painting mine yet!


  3. Yes, you have been one busy family! Regarding what finish for the light fixture, do you have other finishes already selected for the room? Drapery Hardware, door hardware, hardware in the house in general? That could help point you in the right direction…
    Good luck with all your decision!!


  4. It looks fantastic! I love painting but it is exhausting too. I would paint your light fixture a matte black or the oil rubbed bronze. I think that would be very classic and look fantastic.

    It all looks great! Love the playroom too!



  5. Boy can I relate! You're doing a fantastic job…I LOVE the blue! We have been working on totally redoing our home that we bought 5 years ago and are STILL working on it! Sad part is, I'm already redoing so much of what we did at the beginning just cuz I was bored with the colors. My hat is off to you…how you are doing all that you're doing with two little ones is beyond my comprehension.


  6. Everything looks amazing! I expecially love the playroom. So inspired.

    I would go with a matte black on the chandelier, but I have always loved that look, so that was a given for me. Whatever you choose, I know it will look wonderful.

    Miss you!


  7. You guys have done a great job. I know how much work it all is, especially with two little girls.

    I have added you to my bloglines roll and can't wait to see the rooms all decorated (I hope you will be sharing those photos).

    Take care


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