Monday, March 24, 2014

Paint!

We did it.  We painted!  The "we" here being most certainly NOT my husband (who was kind of a stinker about it), but my friend Heather and I.  On a balmy Saturday with windows wide open, we painted with Olympic Icon no-VOC paint, in "light raffia". 

First, the before...

before...dark

Our living room and dining room share an open floor plan with natural lighting from some very large windows.  Despite that boon, photographs in this space often come out oh-so-dark.  Partly this is just indoor photography, but it's certainly not helped by the medium brown wall color which doesn't bounce much light.

before... brown

I caught this shot at the very peak of natural lighting in our space.  It's my brown walk of shame.  Sad brown couch, brown piano, blah brown walls, and look... a mostly brown painting.  Are you excited yet?

No?  That's why I didn't hang the painting. .

before... clashy

Actually, I do kind of like that brown color.  It was cozy and contrasted nicely with all my bright decor in the dining room.  But, it was definitely a problem in this corner.  That particular brown certainly did not play well with this brick wall and the golden tones of our bamboo flooring.

Really don't know how that slipped by me all these years.  Well... I hadn't written Color Intensive yet (wink).  Seriously, I do grow so much from my classes.  Haha!

Ready for the After shots?

lighter, brighter

I definitely like this view better.   My new sofa (smooch!) looks even better against this creamy color and the floors/brick wall are happier too.  Good news - I got the "go ahead" to piece something to stretch on custom panels and hang behind the TV to hide those cords.  I think it will be slightly wider than the TV and floor to ceiling.  He's requested something with lots of negative space.  Hmm.

lighter, brighter

Photos going this-a-way are definitely lighter and brighter.  Yay!

and now the piano works

And I don't even want to paint the piano now.  Without the distracting brown walls, I noticed how well the wood tone of the piano blends with the floors.  It works for me.

oh-so-blank wall

But that wall behind the piano needs Major Attention.  Now that it's white/cream, it's just screaming "Help me!"  (Note:  It probably was screaming before, but I wasn't listening.)  I'd like to do something with texture and color and fabric on that wall, but still be able to hang the large painting.  Any ideas?  I considered doing a hoop wall art collection, but since the wall to the left is my frame collection in the dining room, something decidedly different would probably be better.

Oh, and I think I'll also change those living room curtains when the right fabric presents itself.   But, shhhh, don't tell my husband.  A few changes at a time, people.  A few at a time...

35 comments:

  1. Perhaps hang a quilt on the piano wall?

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  2. At Ikea I've seen them stretch fabric between two rods (like hanging curtains, but with a rod at the bottom). Usually they're very narrow and go almost floor to ceiling. Maybe something like that would work? Then you could easily change it for the season/mood too! The room looks great now - a new coat of paint improved it sooooo much!!!!

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  3. I have a wall that I plan to make my "M" wall. Our last name is McGriff so I want to collect different M's and hang them all around. They have some at Hobby Lobby that could be covered with fabric!

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    1. Love this idea Lisa!! I could do an "M" wall, too...our last name starts with "M". Now you've got my mind zooming :o)

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  4. What a difference! So much lighter :-) I'd go for a large quilt on the wall...

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  5. Great job! I love the colorful curtains, I may have to make a set for my patio doors. Tell me how you dealt with the seams on the reverse side, it doesn't appear to be lined.

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    1. They were patchworked with French seams to encase all raw edges! Thanks, those colorful curtains are my favorites too.

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  6. I think a fabric hoop wall would look nice even with the frames on the wall across the hall.

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  7. What about some pretty plates?

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  8. You have so many nice and colorfull quilts. You could hang one on this wall and change it according to the season/mood/weather ;-)

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  9. A quilt of course. OR a collection of turned over baskets. The wall change is great, Please keep the curtains--they let the colorful light in. Can't you send the tv wires down the inside of the wall...

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  10. Switch the wall art between the two rooms.

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  11. A quilt would be nice! Or perhaps a mural of some sort? Maybe branches? Or boxes with plants? Seems like it needs something from nature! :) Maybe paint the mural on the stretched fabric that Sfredette suggested, so it isn't so permanent?

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  12. Just beautiful! And a tip - if you stood with your back to those windows to take your pic, it would have come out fine. Your camera was just reacting to the bright light coming in from the windows, which is why everything else was dark.

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  13. Congrats on the new paint. It looks great! You could hang some panels of Spoonflower's reusable/repositionable wallpaper on that bare wall. Here's some ideas of what that might look like (scroll down to idea #3)
    http://www.urbansourcechicago.com/blog/wallpaper-ideas

    There are also some lovely vinyl wall decals available through Spoonflower that are more elegant and stylish than the ones that you might typically find at a big box store. That might be fun too.

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    1. I love this idea! My husband is quite adverse to hanging a quilt (so much that I'll not even suggest it to him), but wallpaper could be really fun. I just pinned a framed wallpaper from your link. Off to look at papers!

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  14. Ha! I just realized that I was really plugging Spoonflower there. ;) You could of course use fabric or other decorative paper/wallpaper for this idea instead. Nevertheless, I thought I might also link to Holly Zollinger's profile though. I think her designs would be beautiful for this:
    http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/holli_zollinger

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  15. Great job. Your dining room curtains look so much brighter now!

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  16. Your paint job looks great. You can get plastic 'wire channels' to hide the wires. They are 1 1/4" wide by 1/2" thick. You stick them to the wall and the wire runs down inside. These can be painted your wall colour. Another alternative is to get an electrician to move the plug up behind the TV.

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  17. I like your new couch and new wall. I cannot believe you even made your own curtains. You are an amazing woman. I can't wait to what you are going to use to cover up the cords.

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  18. I usually read your blog on my phone now where I'm unable to leave comments on any blogger blog for some strange reason. So I came onto the computer just to say how much I LOVE your new walls..there is such a difference in the before and after photos of your dining room! I bet you smile every time you walk into your brighter space; I know I would. :-).

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  19. Oh Rachel, It's beautiful! I miss that house so much, well you know, the gatherings that took place and the family that lives there. It looks fabulous inside, and I love that couch!

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  20. Love your new paint- it does look fabulous. Nothing like paint to change the whole outlook of a room.
    I like #18's comment- it will look very classy. Why not do that and make something fab for the piano wall?
    Also your photos into the window with those great curtains if you use a flash or angle off a bit the pics will not be so dark. Your camera is struggling to figure out what to do with the extreme daylight in the window vs the room light.

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  21. The paint color is beautiful! Definitely made things lighter and brighter and agree that the piano looks gorgeous on it! Personally I'm not a huge fan of murals because they aren't something you can update or change without painting the whole wall...I've seen some really fabulous groupings of smaller art pieces or photos that are turned into a larger whole like this
    http://worldofbea.com/blog/concrete-house
    http://www.shelterness.com/25-cool-ideas-to-display-family-photos-on-your-walls/pictures/17380/

    Or you could go big and bold...something like this
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/43417583881677438/

    Or I saw this idea recently which was fun and funky...although you'd have to do dark "frames" since your wall is light
    http://www.frenchbydesignblog.com/2014/02/original-picture-wall-frame-ideas.html

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  22. This is a bit freaky. I just recently came across the this web site wallsneedlove.com (removable wall paper--but not the cheapy kind). It is so neat that I am ordering for two rooms today! If you have a minute take a look-there is also videos. Your room looks Great!

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  23. The brightness is beautiful!

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  24. I love the change! We have sand colored walls throughout our main living spaces (butter yellow in the kitchen and a pretty mint in our bedroom) and I love how it's warm, yet very bright at the same time. I think the improved light in your space makes your quilty items pop even more than they did before. Love it!

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  25. Wow what a wonderful change- a little paint can make!! And those curtains are fantastic!!!!

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  26. The new wall color really opens and brightens the space.
    I like your blue tufted couch!

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  27. I reckon you should get an old school recycled wooden ladder tout next to the piano and use it to hang your quilts on. Vertical height and riotous colour, and changeable!

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  28. Much better and brighter I think. I would suggest something with texture in the length of the wall, to the left of the piano (shape of a table runner, I hope you understand). The print could be more graphic so it is in contrast with the painting. May be you could also need a light on that wall? I'm just suggesting, it is a bit difficult from this side of the computer;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  29. I love it and can't wait to see what you come up with for your piano wall!

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  30. I love love love your patchwork curtains! They are so pretty and fun. With the light streaming through they remind me of stained glass.

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