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Friday, May 17, 2013

My Newest Project ..

Hello my dear friends,

even though I haven't been very productive when it comes to my little creations,  I have been very busy with a new bigger project.

Since we bought our house almost 5 years ago I have always wanted to repaint our master bedroom because I wasn't happy with it. The color of it was something between an ochre yellow/mustard yellow; basically a 'in your face' intense orange/yellow color that I hated. I never actually did anything because we were thinking of maybe having the windows renewed so painting would come after that really. So I made do with what I had and left it as that and didn't really donate any proper time to design and style my bedroom either. These days the windows still haven't happened and I just got so fed up opening my eyes to that horrible color that two days ago I decided enough is enough.
I am not sure if I had mentioned our time in the army, where the walls in your house were allowed to be cream or white and that was that. After leaving the army of course I was all for bold colors but now I am wanting simple, plain and subtle back and that is the plan for our entire house sooner than -later back to all one color.
After the basement renovation we picked a color ~ a grey/beige from Benjamin Moore 'grant beige' ~ for the walls and this is the color I used for the master bedroom too. Oh and by the way the basement is still not completed due to some issues with moisture coming through the floor now ~ it never ends!! That is why I haven't shared any more photos with you about it so far but I will when I have new ones.
Back to the bedroom ... so day before yesterday I prepped the room with pulling all nails out and filling holes, priming a little .. the things you do before painting! And yesterday morning I started at about around 11 am and I was finished with the painting at 3 pm and so happy!

I am only going to share a few photos with you today because I am still not quite done. My plan for today is to do touch-ups and the final clean up and shopping for new blinds for the windows.

This color might look nice in this photo (it is much brighter in real) but it has always been bothering me and now ...

... see the transformation slowly before your eyes ...

  ... LOVE IT!!
Depending on the light it looks a bit more gray than beige at times but that is OK with me because ...
the yellow is gone and it only cost me $37.25 for paint!
That is all I am going to share with you today. I am sure it is going to take me a little while to get everything just they way I want it. I still have to decide what I am going to put on the walls (pictures) and I need new lamp shades and new night stands but as soon as I am happy with it and it is done in my book I will share the result with all you lovely bloggers.
 If you have a spare moment I would love for you to visit me soon again and until then ...
I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.
Have a peaceful and creative day,
Karen B. 


  1. Wow, I am impressed, you are a fast painter. Enjoy your new space and looking forward to your progress and finished comfort area. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  2. I recently painted my bedroom a soft grey color, although I tell people it is silver. I also love it. Last month I made a whole cloth quilt the same color as the walls and I'm now covering the quilt with doilies my grandma crocheted (thank you Pinterest). I've added pink bursts here and there. I love it! I know you will enjoy your new design. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very nice choice. Calm & soothing. Good color for showcasing your art pieces or pictures.

  4. Hello Karen
    Just popping into see how you are going and I see very busy repainting your bedroom and yes I agree it is going to make a huge difference to how you feel when you wake up in the morning soon! Well done. It is a big job especially if planning to repaint the whole interior!
    Love your dear little mouse too! You are always creating some little joy somewhere!
    Sending warm hugs,

  5. Such a nice pleasing palette on the walls now. I will stay tuned for more reveal. Happy Home Decor...

  6. I really like that color, I love grey. We had grey carpet in two houses (in a row)a different neutral that I really liked. I can see that new color will be a lot more pleasant to greet the morning. Happy decorating... and sorry to hear you still have basement wows!!!

  7. Karen-- the new color is beautiful. Nothing transforms a room like new paint-- you are going to love your new bedroom when you get it all done-- it's a big project!


  8. I really like your new color. I think you will be very happy with it. I am a neutral paint person and then add color with accents, paintings, pillows, etc.

    You are a fast painter.



  9. I love the new wall's very similar to what we just put in our family room a few months ago. I also love the bench at the foot of your bed!