Paint and Curtains
Sorry I've been MIA for a while! It seems like all we've been doing is running around checking things off of lists, going to this event or that play date... just being busy! But, I'm back. And one of the things we've checked off the never-ending-huge-ridiculously-long house to-do list of ours is FINALLY done! The downstairs is painted, y'all. Six gallons of paint later, the downstairs of our house is painted, and I love it.
We ended up hiring out the paint job for the downstairs of the house for two main reasons. 1. We didn't have the time to put into the paint. If it was just Tomas and I, painting during nap times, the job would have taken us a week and a half, easily. That's a week and a half of our precious free time, with two mobile babies, and a downstairs that's basically unusable. Nope. Not my idea of a good time. And 2. The ceilings in this house are tall. Like I mentioned, the downstairs living room alone is almost 22 feet to the top, and I'm not a fan of the 2-foot step ladder, much less an extension ladder with a paint roller all while attempting a steady hand. So we hired the paint out. We found a really reasonably priced local company who did a great job and had it done in about a day and a half. As painful as it was for two people who really love to do things ourselves, sometimes we just have to know when to wave the white flag (or white check) and outsource it.
The color on the walls is Argos Gray by Sherwin Williams and it's the perfect cool toned gray. It really complements our love of blue-toned accessories. It's dark enough that the new white trim will really pop against it, but not so dark that it makes the space look small.
We also finally put some curtains up and if you ask me, they are what really changed the look of the house! But I'll stop blabbering now and show you some pictures so you can see the changes for yourself.
For the downstairs living room, we removed the blinds on the upper windows. We have been planning on adding motorized shades to those windows, but once they were opened up and we realized the sun glare isn't actually a problem, we're putting those plans on hold. Unless we get to the winter months and the sun's light is more than we can handle in there, we're really loving the natural light it gives, and the view from the balcony up stairs is nice, too.
We got the striped curtains from Target and opted for the longer length so that we could still draw some attention to the beautiful height in the room. They're hung on a continuous rod from IKEA, using a rounded corner attachment, which is pretty much the best invention ever for corner windows.
I'm currently working on a better solution for the ridiculous lack of toy storage we have going on in here. Stay tuned!
And while I think this gray looks different in different rooms and lights, I think this photo of the hallway (below) is probably the most accurate depiction of the color. Gray is so hard to pick, and it's even harder to photograph. It looks blue in some lights, and in the late afternoons, looks almost sea foam in some rooms.
I really love the gray in the kitchen. It really made this space feel a lot fresher, but it also made those cabinets look even more orange and ugly. And because I didn't want to wait for our full kitchen renovation to stop hating them, I'm adding painting the cabinets to the list for later this year. Tomas was so excited when I told him the news...
In the front living room, we used the same IKEA curtain rods as in the downstairs living room. We got the wrong length curtain rod for the front window, though, so at the time of these photos, the front curtains weren't hung. Womp womp.
We found these abstract tree branch curtains and Home Goods for $25 per pair which was a screaming deal! Because of the height of the upper windows in this room, we had to use standard 84 inch curtains, but I still love the way they look.
So that's where we're at. Tomas is getting into trim after he gets back from a business trip this week, and I'm working on decor decor decor. It's so nice to have our house feel like it's becoming more representative of our style instead of 90s-builder-blah.
We have a lot going on over here! We've got updates going on inside and outside, we just held a garage sale and purged a TON of stuff, and we're also working on planning a first birthday party for a couple of cute kids.
Speaking of cute kids, they just woke up from their morning nap... best be off!