I love painting, decorating, and designing. I crave the feeling that comes when I see a project come together. I get excited when I can share something that I have put my heart and soul into, and have it turn out just the way I had hoped! That is what this house is to me. It is a labor of love…and an absolute delight to play with.
I didn’t know where to begin… You see, I didn’t just take this house project room by room. I kind of started in one room, and if I happened to be painting…I kept on going. It was just one of those things, where if you were filling holes…you filled ALL the holes…if you were painting…you kept painting…and while you waited for something to be ready for the next step in one room, you worked on another room…So…you can see where my dilemma is at. It took me a bit, but I finally decided where to start the sharing.
My Cowboy, wants to be able to stay in the house during hunting season this November. It will make things much easier for him if he doesn’t have to drive the 60 or so minutes home every night, so I am charged with getting things “ready” for him and his hunting companions. (one of his older brothers and his daughter)
There are 4 bedrooms in this house. We decided to work on 2 of them for immediate use. The other two are going to take a little more work, and are not a necessity right at this time. They can wait until after hunting season is over.
Today I am going to share the progress that has been made in the small bedroom. After I played with it a little bit, it is pretty much finished…Now it is just waiting for some furniture.
This is the smaller of the two bedrooms BEFORE I got my grubby little hands on it. Out of all the rooms on the second floor, it was in the best shape. I was happy to see that pretty much all this room would need was a good cleaning, and some paint! The walls were a dingy white with very bright blue trims. That should be an easy enough fix.
The photo above and the one below are both a little fuzzy, as they were taken with my cell phone camera. I got excited about starting this project, and forgot the usual camera at home. Ya…I know…I am not proud of it either…blonde moment!
With that in mind, my Cowboy and I sat down and decided on a color scheme. Okay…lets be honest…I told this sweet man what the color scheme was to be.
WHAT!? I KNOW what you are thinking right now. You are thinking that Tootsie is BOSSY!
Well…okay…Yes I sort of am…but I do know what I am talking about when it comes to paint colors…and that Cowboy…well…lets be honest…he only knows what Camouflage looks like…he hasn’t got a clue how to choose colors for a wall! He’s not used to having choices…or noticing colors…he’s a guy! He does have pretty good sense of colors though, So…we went to the store and I pulled a couple of paint chips out…and gave him a some choices. Eventually, we chose and purchased a color called Plateau Gray. This color is perfect. To the Cowboy it is gray…to me…it is almost an olive green-ish color…I like it a lot.
I was so excited…I got right to work.
I painted the walls, trims, and ceiling in the plateau gray. I am very happy with the outcome. It looks very nice. In this photo you can see the color choice. You can also see that I needed to replace one piece of trim on the window, paint the window frame, and then move my attention to the floor.
The floor…The floor in this room is not in terrible shape. It is actually in very good condition in comparison to the other rooms in the house. I think this floor might be newer than in the rest of the house …or something. I COULD get away with just scrubbing it, and perhaps staining it…sealing it and calling it done…BUT…the wood floors in the rest of the house are in a lot worse condition. There is paint, gouges, and splinters everywhere. My Cowboy said that he remembers the splinters ALL too well. (As a little boy his mom would have a needle within reach to remove the splinters that the wood floors would leave in his teensy feet.) There is no way we can salvage the original finish on the floors in the entire house…it is just not reasonable. We don’t want to cover them up…just spruce them up and seal in some of the splinters.
The floors need to be done…but there is no way they can be the same color as the walls, ceilings and trims. So…I dragged that Cowboy back to the store…and we chose a paint color (together this time) to use on the floors in the old house.
As luck would have it, our original paint choice sucked monkey butts! I put it on the floor…and we both hated it…it sort of looked like a very sickly salmon color. It was SO ugly that I didn’t take any photos of it! Yep…it was THAT bad! NOT at all what the paint chip showed…SO…we headed back to the store…and got them to add 3 oz of black to it…and ended up with the color you see in the photo above…So…I have no name to give you to reference this paint color…it is an original…by mistake type color.
The photo is once again, a little fuzzy…Yes…you guessed it…the photo above was taken with my cell phone, since, as luck would have it, I forgot the camera at home…sorry!
Here is a better look at the floor color…and the paint color…AND the curtains I added to the window! Those are the simplest curtains ever! Can you guess what they REALY are?
If you guessed that there are two twin size flat sheets on that window you are absolutely correct. I used bed sheets! I simply cut a little slit in the top part of each end of the hemmed cuff at the top of the flat sheet, and slipped the rod right through. EASY PEAZY…not too frilly…but still quite pretty…FAST and CHEAP!
Right now there are two cheezy looking tassle tie backs on the curtains, but they are going to be changed out as soon as I get my hands on some burlap or twine or something a little better suited for a casual, cozy rustic space. For now, the tassles will do.
I picked up a couple of very inexpensive runner rugs, and was testing the colors…I like the way that looks too!
You can see a mattress on the floor to the right…There is going to be a bed frame and some other furniture type items added to this room in the next week or two…but for today…this is the way it looks.
This concludes my peek into the small bedroom in the 108 year old house that My Cowboy owns, (and is letting me play with!) Remember, he asked for rustic, cozy, hunting lodge, country cowboy style.
What do you think? I’d love to hear!
Stay tuned next week for the next episode of If Walls Could Tell A Story…the 108 Year Old House. I can’t wait to share again!!!
Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!
*)*)*)… Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. - Will Rogers
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Did you miss a post or two in this series?
Article #1 If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.
Article #2 If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside