Finally, I’m ready to show you our house! Check out part one for the before pictures, and part two for a few shots of the renovations in progress. These photos were taken just as we were moving in.
The living room with its newly gleaming floors was painted in Benjamin Moore Whispering Spring. It’s a really soothing light muted blue. As you’ll see, I tend to go for dreamy pastels. I don’t know, I like dramatic colors in other people’s houses, but for myself, I just really like airiness and natural light.
I changed out the weird primary colored knobs that were on the fireplace built-ins for these simple clear glass ones. I like changing hardware, since it’s simple, cheap, and makes a big difference. And we were all about simple and cheap by this point.
We painted the built-ins, so no more pea green drawers. The dining room walls are painted the same color as the living room. Since the rooms are connected by a large open doorway, it made sense to paint them the same color.
The kitchen was painted Benjamin Moore Irish Mint, which is a nice bluish minty green, and all the cabinets were done in Simply White.
That big open hole in the wall is this really weird, deep shelf thing. It kind of sucks, because the fridge has to go in that corner, so it partially covers it. I’m planning to sew a curtain to cover it for now.
The back stairwell area is Wedgwood Gray. We still need to paint the trim back there. The yellow trim isn’t sticking around. We did manage to sand and paint the banister, though! The stairs were refinished/replaced as needed, so no more weird fake wood peeling up.
The hallway is painted in Benjamin Moore Cloudy Gray, which is actually a paint we had leftover from our apartment in Oakland. It’s pretty hard to tell here, but it’s a very very light dusky purplish-grey. The weird chandelier thing came with the house. It has plastic flowers on it. (?!?)
And this is my new dressing room! Because it’s an old house, the closet space is pretty minimal and there’s really no other place to keep my clothes. And with the bedroom being small and having lots of windows, there’s no other place to put my dresser. So a dressing room it is! I painted it Benjamin Moore Ecru, one of my favorite wall colors ever. We also had this color in Oakland. It’s a very light warm pink that is extremely flattering. Even though it’s not toally set up yet, it feels so relaxing to dress in here in the morning.
Finally, our bedroom. It’s hard to choose, but this might be my favorite room in the house. There is just so much beautiful sunlight in here all the time, and the doors out to the garden are amazing. I love seeing trees and flowers when I wake up.
Thus concludes the tour! I didn’t include the basement, since we haven’t been able to do much with it yet. I’m sure I’ll have more to share!