Small Changes

Well, we’ve been in our house for just about a month and things are slowly coming along.

The kitchen was initially going very quickly – the electrical, plumbing, mud & tape, and flooring all got done within a couple of weeks. Then we had the cabinets installed and things are kind of at a stand still now that we are waiting for our granite counter top to come in. The projected install date isn’t until June 2nd! So, we will have a temporary counter so the appliances can be installed and we can actually use the kitchen. I will post before & after photos once it’s done.

We’ve also managed to paint a couple rooms. We started with the guest room. Mostly because we wanted to “test” our skills on a not-so-important room, but also because it was the ugliest room in the house. Case in point:

Fig. 1: Bubblegum ice cream, anyone (which actually is one
of my favorite flavors – just not on a wall)?

But, I think we’ve rectified the situation rather nicely:

Fig. 2: A nice way to do orange (not like what our
kitchen looked like – oh, stay tuned for that!).

Next up was the master bedroom. Again, the previous owners didn’t have such great taste in colors. This one was a dark brown with greenish undertones. To top it all off, they painted the ceiling the same color, so the room felt very enclosed.

Fig. 3: Like living in a cardboard box (ignore that green
square –
that was me testing out some wild colors).

Again, we went for a more pleasing color. This one is called “grasslands”, and it’s very calming and serene.

Fig. 3: ahhhhhhh….don’t you just feel more calm?

Next up will probably be the living room and dining room. But, I think we’re going to hire someone to do that (as well as the foyer/stairwell). It’s just way too much of a pain in the ass for us to deal with, especially if someone can come in and do it faster and better.
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  1. LOVE IT! Great color choices!!

    I'm all for hiring painters. Good idea.

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  2. Looks FANtastic, Alyssa! I love the colors. Can't wait to see the kitchen, it sounds really nice!

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  3. love the paint!!! looks great!

    (and I don't even like home decorating stuff 😉 but it looks great. and I like th green. And never paint the celing in the same colour as the walls…. even I knew that one… duh.)

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  4. btw. we did the upstairs bathroom and downstairs guest room all by ourselves… then we hired someone to do bedroom and library.. Way easier!! and way worth it 🙂 i like the extra stuff the painting guys brought with him to show how much easier it was to make it look good. read; some kind of foam on the boards r something 😉

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  5. Wow, you've done a lot of work in a short time. Looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the kitchen!

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  6. Wow, BIG improvements already! I really like the colors you picked!

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  7. Love the new colors! Can't wait to see the before and after of the kitchen.

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  8. I LOVE the orange! Hmmm…makes me want to go paint something that color…

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  9. Alyssa – Those are GREAT Colors! How wonderful. I LOVE the orange. so much so I might have to figure out how we can use that somewhere in our place 😉 and that green is so much better than what they had.

    I have never understood why people paint ceilings either. Can't wait to see the kitchen.

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  10. Hee hee! I saw the top photo – and only the top photo – when I first scanned this post in Google Reader. I am sooooo glad it was a “before” photo rather than an “after”!!

    I love the new colours, especially the green. Mr E Man is more conservative than I am when it comes to interior decorating – I'd love to have something like your colours, but everything's all neutral and boring instead. I did manage to get my way with the bathroom though – a nice sunny egg yolk yellow, rather than the pepto pink the old owners chose for some reason!

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  11. Thanks everyone! I've always loved interior design, so I had a ton of fun choosing colors (just wait until you see the other rooms).

    LOL Cath! Pepto pink sounds AWESOME! Just wait until you see the color our kitchen was before – oh, and the stairwell. YIKES! It makes me wonder what people are thinking!

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  12. When we were looking at houses we went to one and I LOVED the house just not the colors. The front entry way was Orange and not a good orange. The bathroom was neon yellow. The downstairs bedroom was 1/2 Dark Navy Blue and the upper 1/2 was Bright Green. it was awful. I really do wonder what people are thinking, but then I wonder if people will think that when we sell our house in 10-15 years 🙂

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