Our home is 22 years old and we’ve lived in it for 13 of those years, so the original spaces, and even those we’ve painted, etc. have started feeling pretty tired.
We’ve called in the big guns for some major stuff, like the kitchen remodel and new patio, but every now and then – when time and budgets allow – we have our handyman Dave come and do what we’ve started calling a room refresh on the other rooms.
A room refresh consists of scraping the popcorn ceiling, painting the walls & woodwork and changing out the switchplates & hardware. When he’s done it feels like a completely new room.
The most recent room to get one of Dave’s refreshes was Lindsey’s old room turned guestroom.
Here’s what it looked like before: white little girl furniture with bright (!) pre-teen walls. We sold the furniture on Craigslist and moved furniture from my parents’ house into this room, as they were moving to Florida full-time.
For a long time – almost a year really – the room was in this English country meets Nickelodeon state. Then Dave came and worked his refresh magic.
I went with a paint color that I’ve used and loved in other rooms, Stone Hearth by Benjamin Moore. It’s a warm gray or a cool taupe, depending on how you look at it, and it just works for me.
I pulled some things from other rooms in the house, all estate sale finds, like these prints.
And this oil painting.
And this lamp.
I’m slowly stocking the bookcase with books I think someone might want to pick up if they’re having a bit of insomnia: mysteries, classics, short volumes, and coffee table books.
My favorite part of the room is something I didn’t take a pic of: the inside of the closet. It’s freshly painted and gloriously empty. I’m guarding it with my life. My family knows not to put anything in there or I will come for them.
I still need to warm up the room with more artwork, and I’m thinking maybe roman shades on these windows? But for now I’m enjoying how clean and fresh it feels. I’m fighting the urge to move in myself.
Linking up with Metamorphosis Monday.