Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Gray Abode.

Two years ago, we bought our forever home.  It boasted a beautiful view, a farmhouse feel, and several areas that were begging to be painted, cleaned, upgraded, and loved.  We are about to embark on the "bigger" changes and I thought it might be fun to share our journey.

Decorating/designing does not come naturally to me, however, I do appreciate the art.  Thank goodness for Houzz and Pinterest, because this girl would be lost without it!  For the last month or so, I have been pinning/Houzzing (is that a word?) like crazy!  If I had to describe my current style it would be a little fancy and a little rustic.

Our first "big" project that will actually be fun is our guest bath (downstairs) update.  We've done two large projects (and by large, I mean big money, but little return on fun) that included a new roof and plumbing that would not spontaneously explode (that's for another post).  Both were necessary, and trumped my "need" for new bathrooms.  This bathroom is totally functional and is the main bathroom for us downstairs (because its the only one).  Oddly enough, I actually shower down here because I have anxiety stepping into our master shower.  It's weird, I know.

Maybe a year into moving in, I decided to ditch the dark brownish paint that was in there for Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter (per suggestion of my very talented MIL).  I loved the color, however, it does not love anything that was pre-existing in this bathroom.  The shower, vanity, and super awesome linoleum--I felt I had done this beautiful paint an injustice with such terrible pairings, however, I was short on time, short on patience, and short on ideas. It was an improvement, but the inevitable still lingered--we needed to update.

Fast forward almost a year and we are finally talking with a contractor, and getting our ducks in a row. It would be a lie if I said I was not overwhelmed. When it comes to decisions, I'm terrible. I'm terrified of screwing up, especially when a substantial amount of cash is on the line.  Sigh. Deep cleansing breaths.

So, welcome to my home.

So, I'm terrible on taking before pictures (in time) so here is an in between bathroom picture from my phone (because I wasn't planning on ever posting about it).  This is the dark brown from before.

Here is the "in between" with Revere Pewter.

It's not a bad bathroom, there is just some lack of harmony going on with the colors.  I added a gray color to the walls, and there are a lot of warmer tones already present.  Now, we just need to find the balance.

My current dilemma is if I should keep this vanity, or just start from scratch.  I've gotten pretty good at painting these bad boys in the last year (since this oak style is throughout our entire house).  However, I'd kind of like a little bit of a rustic looking/antique piece here.  I've got my work cut out!

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